What is Ankle Fractures?

A fractured ankle can range from a simple break in one bone, which may not stop you from walking, to several fractures, which forces your ankle out of place and may require that you not put weight on it for three months.

What are the symptoms?

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Blue black Bruise
  • Deformities of the bone
  • Inability to move you foot

What are the causes?

  • “Twisting” or rotating your ankle
  • Rolled” your ankle
  • Tripping or falling

What are the treatment?

Doctors usually place a splint on your injured ankle for a few days to 2 weeks until the swelling goes down around the joint. The type of fracture and the stability of your joint will determine the type of splint that will be used.

If your bones are not aligned , the doctor may realign them before placing the splint. If the bones cannot be realigned in the emergency department, then you may require an operation. An operation will also be needed if any bone has broken through the skin. If the bone breaks through the skin, the fracture is then called a compound fracture. This is more serious than a simple fracture.

Some minor ankle fractures do not require a splint or cast. In these cases the fracture will be managed as an ankle sprain. Because these fractures are very small, they heal well with this management. With any injured ankle, however, you should not bear weight until a cast is placed or you are pain free.