Broken Ankle

A broken ankle occurs when one or more of the three bones that make up the ankle is [term=’fractures’]fractured[/term]. Aside from a broken bone, a patient diagnosed with a broken ankle might also suffer from injuries to the connecting tissues or ligaments in the ankle, as well as the two ankle joints. Since [term=’ankle-sprain’]ankle sprains[/term] and other ankle injuries have causes and symptoms similar to those of a broken ankle, it is important to seek medical attention for proper diagnosis and treatment of an ankle injury.
What Are Some Causes of a Broken Ankle?

  • Sports-related injury to the ankle
  • Falls and trips
  • Sudden twisting or rolling of the ankle
  • Car accident

What Are Symptoms of a Broken Ankle?

  • Swelling
  • Bruising of the ankle area
  • Acute, severe pain immediately at the onset of the injury
  • Tenderness and sensitivity to touch, along with an inability to endure weight on the ankle
  • Ankle deformity if the injury involves dislocation

How Is a Broken Ankle Treated?

  • Apply ice to the ankle area and elevate the affected lower leg to lessen swelling
  • Wear a leg cast or brace if the ankle is stable and no bones are out of place
  • Undergo surgery if the ankle is unstable, has torn ligaments,is dislocated, or has fragmented, loose bone
  • Healing is monitored by [term=’x-rays’]X-rays[/term] to check progress and to avoid complications
  • After the bone repairs, physical therapy, braces, and supports are part of continued treatment until the ankle is fully healed