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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
274 doctors shared insights

Ankle Fracture (Overview)

A fracture is just another way to say that a bone has been broken. The ankle is made up of the distal Tibia and fibula. Ankle fracture can range from minor injuries to quite severe to the point of even needing surgery.


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What are the symptoms of an ankle fracture?

What are the symptoms of an ankle fracture?

Unable to walk: Swelling and bruising also are signs. Some stress fractures or chip fractures can take weight but displaced fractures are too painful and unstable to walk on. ...Read more

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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
274 doctors shared insights

Ankle Fracture (Overview)

A fracture is just another way to say that a bone has been broken. The ankle is made up of the distal Tibia and fibula. Ankle fracture can range from minor injuries to quite severe to the point of even needing surgery.


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What sort of problem is an ankle fracture?

What sort of problem is an ankle fracture?

Varies by severity: Some ankle fractures are stable and can be treated in a boot or brace (usually when just the fibula bone is broken and the ligaments are minimally injured). Unstable fractures (both bones broken, or one bone with severe ligament injury) will require surgery for best outcomes. ...Read more

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How much can an ankle fracture hurt?

Much depends: Upon how severe, what type, mechanism of injury and others. You can have a tiny nondislaced injury that ma not hurt much or a sever fracture dislocation that hurts a lot. ...Read more

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What are the tests for ankle fracture?

What are the tests for ankle fracture?

Xrays: The most telling way is to obtain ankle x-rays to visualize the fracture or lack thereof. Sometimes, if there remains suspicion in the presence of 'negative' films or if a stress fracture is suspected, specialized exams may be ordered to see if a fracture exists. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an ankle fracture?

Unable to walk: Swelling and bruising also are signs. Some stress fractures or chip fractures can take weight but displaced fractures are too painful and unstable to walk on. ...Read more

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How is an ankle fracture typically treated?

How is an ankle fracture typically treated?

It depends: Some ankle fractures can be treated with braces and early weight bearing, while some require extensive surgery, and long periods of not putting weight on it. X-ray is extremely important in diagnosing and directing treatment of ankle fractures. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a minor ankle fracture?

How to know if I have a minor ankle fracture?

See Specialist: To have complete exam and x-rays to start. May need further radiographic testing in some cases. ...Read more

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What are the signs someone has ankle fracture?

What are the signs someone has ankle fracture?

Fracture: Pain, swelling, loss of motion or stiffness of the joint, deformity, difficulty bearing weight. This can be difficult to differentiate from a severe sprain or contusion without an xray. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
1,471 doctors shared insights

Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more