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.
Exam and x rays. Ankle fracture are associated, with pain, tenderness, swelling and deformity around the ankle, radiographs are used to diagnose ankle fracture.
X-ray. Most commonly done is an x-ray, 3 views of the ankle. This should show any fractures through the bones including the surface (cortex) of the bone. Sometimes an MRI is needed when you have a bone bruise or internal fracture of a bone not involving the surface. In this scenario, a regular x-ray may look normal but an MRI will show a bright white spot at the fracture on a stir image.

Related Questions

I hav a bimalleolar ankle fracture on just twisting my ankle is it accidental or pathological? Which test could b done to investigate?

Depends. Most bimalleolar ankle fractures due occur as a result of a twisting mechanism. It is precerts rare that they are pathological. The X-rays go a long way in determining if it was a break through normal or abnormal bone. If there is any question, then a biopsy while you are having surgery can be the definitive answer. Read more...

What are the signs of ankle fracture?

Pain, bruising. There usually is an injury associated with this condition which will have signs of bruising, swelling, and pain. If the fracture is real bad, one can see an obvious alignment deformity of the affected limb. One may even have blisters associated with the rapid swelling that occurs. Read more...
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...

What sort of problem is an ankle fracture?

Bone injury. If the multiple bones in the ankle break, they will bleed at the fracture site. This blood will clot and form the matrix ie the building forms upon which the new bone cells will eventually form from new bone forming cells that develop. In order to prevent the bone edges from moving around, that would cause much more pain and delayed or even non healing, casting or screwing bone is needed. Read more...
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...

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...
Depends on Severity. Ankle fractures can be simple avulsion fracture where a ligament pulls on an attachment to bone and cracks it. These can be treated with cast immobilization if they are not displaced. Usually displaced fractures need to be fixed due to soft tissue which may fall into the separation and keep a fracture from healing. Most ankle fractures are from twists and may need surgery if displaced or short. Read more...
Depends. It depends on what kind of fracture it is. It could be treated conservatively in a cam boot or a cast. It may need surgery to secure the bones together so they heal properly. Read more...

How is an ankle fracture typically diagnosed?

X-rays. It is best determined if there are any fractures on radiographic examination. Read more...
Go to a podiatrist. A podiatrist can take x-rays if indicated and treat you with a variety of modalities based on the findings of the history of the injury and physical exam. Sometimes there can be damage to areas away from the ankle that a podiatrist will know to look. Read more...

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...

What are the signs someone has ankle fracture?

Pain. Inability to weight bear swelling pain bruising not all symptoms need to be present. Please get an xray. Even if you think it might be broken, you should have an xray to make sure. It can be a lifelong disability if you choose to ignore it. Even severe ankle sprains can take over a year to improve from, if not treated properly. Read more...
Bone out of skin! But of course that would be obvious! usually severe swelling, inability to bear weight and point (focal) tenderness are suggestive signs. If there is deformity then that makes the diagnosis easier. An x-ray is always needed to make the definitive diagnosis. Read more...
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...