Ankle Fracture

A broken ankle, also known as an ankle fracture, occurs when one or more bones that make up the ankle joint are broken. It can range from a simple break in one bone to several fractures, which may require surgical treatment. Ankle fractures are the most common type of fracture in adults. Twisting while walking, running, tripping, falling or impact during a car accident can cause ankle fractures. Common symptoms of an ankle fracture include:

  • Immediate and severe pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness to touch
  • Inability to put any weight on the injured foot
  • Deformity, especially if the ankle joint is also dislocated
  • Numbness and coolness in the foot in some cases

Treatment for a broken ankle depends on the type and severity of the injury. Some nonsurgical treatment options for ankle sprain include wearing a short leg cast or a removable brace. If the fracture is large and extends into the ankle joint, surgical repair by placing plates and screws may be required. Regardless of the patient's treatment, doctors will most likely recommend recovery through rehabilitation.