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Types of Ankle Fractures

Ankle fractures, involving breaks in the bones forming the ankle joint, vary in location and severity. A lateral malleolus fracture occurs in the fibula, which is the smaller leg bone, and is the most frequent type of ankle fracture. Medial malleolus fractures affect the tibia's inner side, while a posterior malleolus fracture involves the back of the tibia. Bimalleolar fractures involve both the medial and lateral malleoli, and trimalleolar fractures include the posterior malleolus as well. Pilon fractures are severe, affecting the bottom of the tibia and potentially damaging the ankle joint's surface. Stress fractures, resulting from repetitive stress rather than a single injury, are minor cracks in the bone. Each type of ankle fracture varies in treatment and recovery, with severity ranging from simple breaks that may heal with rest and immobilization to complex fractures requiring surgical intervention. If you have fractured your ankle, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can determine the type and severity of the break, and provide appropriate treatment options.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Afsha Naimat-Shahzad, DPM from Leander Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Leander, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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