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Ankle Fractures

An Ankle Fracture (more commonly referred to as a “broken ankle”) occurs when one or more of the bones of the ankle become damaged. Ankle fractures can range from mild hairline fractures to fractures that cause the bone to protrude from the skin. Not all ankle fractures are the result of a traumatic injury. In many instances, smaller hairline fractures weaken the ankle over time until the bone becomes completely broken. Those with conditions such as arthritis and osteoporosis may be more prone to ankle fracture.

The ankle is comprised of three separate bones and a break in one or more of these bones can comprise an ankle fracture.

  • Tibia – shinbone
  • Fibula – small bone in the lower leg
  • Talus – a small bone that rests between the heel bone and the tibia and fibula

Ankle fractures can be caused by a variety of incidents including:

  • A trip and fall
  • Rolling the ankle
  • Sports injury
  • Direct force to one or more of the bones
  • Chronic overuse of a weakened ankle

Signs and symptoms of an Ankle Fracture may include:

  • Hearing a “snapping” sound at the moment of injury
  • Swelling within 24 hours
  • Immediate pain and/or throbbing
  • Bruising of the foot ankle
  • Pain that increases with activity
  • Inability to bear weight on the injured foot
  • Tenderness of the foot