A broken ankle can involve one or more of the bones, as well as injury to the surrounding connecting tissues or ligaments.
There are a wide variety of causes for broken ankles, most commonly a fall, an automobile accident, or sports-related trauma. Because a severe sprain can often mask the symptoms of a broken ankle, every ankle injury should be examined by a chiropodist/podiatrist and or orthopedic physician.
Symptoms of a broken ankle include: Bruising Swelling Immediate and severe pain Inability to put any weight on the injured foot Tenderness to the touch Deformity, particularly if there is a dislocation or a fracture
The treatment for a broken ankle usually involves a leg cast or brace if the fracture is stable. If the ligaments are also torn, or if the fracture created a loose fragment of bone that could irritate the joint, surgery may be required to secure the bones in place so they will heal properly.