Ankle Fractures

Serving the Gulf Coast Region with locations in Mobile and Baldwin Counties

The ankle joint is composed of the tibia, fibula, and the talus. Not all ankle fractures are the same. Depending on how the ankle breaks and which bones and ligaments are injured, the treatments can vary considerably. Failure to recognize certain types of injuries from the outset can result in much more complicated treatments down the road and adversely affect the prognosis. Seeing a foot and ankle specialist is important to ensure the best possible outcome.

The most common types of ankle fractures result from a twisting motion coupled with a fall. Even these simple fracture types come in multiple fracture patterns which can involve one or all of the bones and ligaments around the ankle. The initial evaluation will involve X-rays of the ankle to determine if the bones are fractured and to evaluate the stability of the joint. If the bones are displaced or the ankle joint is unstable then you may require surgery. Some require emergent surgery, but many can be fixed up to 2-3 weeks after injury. Ankle fractures that do not require surgery will be immobilized in a cast or a boot and closely monitored for healing.

Recovery time after an ankle fracture will vary depending on the fracture severity and type of treatment required. A period of non-weight bearing after treatment can be expected, usually 4-6 weeks while the ankle is immobilized. Physical therapy is commonly prescribed to aid with recovery and strengthening the affected ankle.

Tags: pilon, talus fracture, massoneuve, high ankle fracture, syndesmosis, fibula fracture, lateral malleolus fracture, medial malleolus, ankle dislocation