What is a broken ankle?
Your ankle joint is where the 2 long bones in your lower leg meet the small bones at the top of your foot. A break in any of these bones can be considered a broken ankle. But doctors usually say "broken ankle" when you've broken one of the long bones. All broken bones are considered fractures. For more information, see Overview of Broken Bones Overview of Broken Bones All broken bones are considered fractures. It doesn't matter whether it's just a little crack or a big break with lots of pieces. Broken bones hurt a lot and cause swelling Your bone may look... read more .
Ankle fractures are common
Your ankle will be painful and swollen
You'll need a splint, cast, or sometimes surgery depending on how bad the fracture is
What are the symptoms of a broken ankle?
Pain and swelling in your ankle
An inability to put weight on your foot
How can doctors tell if my ankle is broken?
How do doctors treat a broken ankle?
Push your bones back into place if they're not lined up properly
Have you wear a splint or a cast for about 6 weeks, until your bones heal
If needed, do surgery to put the bones back into place and hold them there with metal pins, rods, screws, or plates
You may need physical therapy after the splint or cast comes off.
If the bones stay in place, the ankle usually heals well. If the bones come out of position, you may get arthritis and have a higher chance of getting another ankle fracture.