What Is an Ankle Fracture?
An ankle fracture, more commonly referred to as a “broken ankle”, is a fracture to one or more of the bones that make up the ankle joint.
Fractures can occur in any or all of the bones of the ankle joint, including:
- Tibia – the shinbone
- Fibula – the smaller, non-weight-bearing bone of the lower leg
- Talus – a small bone that sits between the heel bone and the tibia and fibula
These injuries can be the result of a slip and fall, an accident, or a direct blow to the ankle.
In some instances, only one of the bones is fractured and, in other instances, several of the bones may fracture at the same time.
Fracturing more than one of the bones in the ankle leads the ankle to become more unstable and may increase pain and lack of mobility.