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Ankle fractures

Fracturing one or more of the three bones that make up the ankle joint

About

The ankle is the meeting of three bones, the talus in the foot and the tibia and fibula in the leg. An ankle fracture is a common injury that refers to a fracture in one or more of these bones as a result of a fall or impact. The fracture can sometimes result in dislocation of the ankle too. Specific treatment depends on the injury itself.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of ankle fractures icon plus

    While it may often be obvious that you've fractured your ankle, sometimes the symptoms are milder and you think its just a sprain. Its always worth seeing an expert to set your mind at rest. Symptoms include: - pain - swelling - bruising which may extend into the foot - finding it difficult to move your foot or stand on it - skin damage in severe injuries
  • Diagnosis icon plus

    Your consultant will examine the area carefully and ask you details about the injury. They'll also request an X-ray to confirm the presence of a fracture.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    The treatment of a broken ankle depends on whether or not the bones are out of position (displaced) and whether the ligaments have also been damaged so that the ankle is unstable and likely to cause long-term problems. The treatment may involve just a few weeks off your feet in a supportive boot or plaster and using crutches. If the injury is more severe it may require surgery to pin or plate the bones and repair the ligaments. Ankle fractures usually take about six weeks to heal but can sometimes take several months to get back to full mobility.
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