How Do You Splint An Ankle Fracture?
Ankle fractures can occur in almost any setting, and proper medical attention will increase the likelihood that the fracture heals quickly and properly. Because of the complex anatomy of the ankle, a fracture often is associated with other injuries (including ligament tears), and can cause excruciating pain. There also might be nerve or blood vessel ruptures, so the patient should get to a doctor as quickly as possible. Splinting the fractured ankle in place will allow you to safely move the patient without compromising the injury. Splint The Fracture Step 1 Tell the patient to remain calm. She probably will be in a great deal of pain, and if the patient is not in control of her emotions, helping her will be difficult or impossible. Step 2 Assess the ankle fracture, noting position of the ankle, deformities, obvious bleeding, and swelling compared to the uninjured ankle. If the bones are sticking through the skin, or if there is severe bleeding, it might be difficult or impossible to s