Ankle fractures occur when one or more of the many bones composing the ankle joint become broken. Depending on the severity of the break, the ligaments connecting the bones together may also be torn. These injuries can be due to traumatic twisting or rolling movements of the ankle or from a bad fall on the joint.
Once the ankle joint becomes broken, the sufferer will notice intense pain immediately. The ankle will quickly become swollen and tender to the touch. No weight will be able to be carried on the joint. If there is a dislocation in addition to the ankle fracture, one may see a deformity of the ankle. Later on, the ankle may also show some bruising.
In some cases, an ankle fracture may be mistaken as an ankle sprain. To ensure that you get the care that you need, consider seeking the support of an experienced orthopedic surgeon after injury. Contact the experts of Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine at (866) 650-8063 for more information about musculoskeletal health.