Ankle fractures are breaks in the bones that makeup the ankle, and can be caused by a number of things, including:
- Twisting the ankle
- Rolling the ankle
- Tripping or falling
Some patients may experience a simple fracture in just one bone of the ankle joint, while others may experience several fractures in the three bones that make up the joint, causing the ankle to be much more unstable.
Symptoms of an ankle fracture include severe pain, swelling, bruising, deformity of the ankle and more. A physician will conduct an examination, typically taking X-rays of the affected ankle to determine how serious the fracture may be.
Treatment for ankle fractures varies. An orthopaedist will determine whether or not surgery is necessary, and if it is, can perform surgery to repair the ankle.