An ankle fracture is a breakage in a bone which may be partial or complete. Depending on the intensity of the breakage, fractures in the ankle can be classified in two. The less serious avulsion injury and severe shattering type breaks of the tibia fibula. Inward and outward rolling of the ankle are the common causes of ankle fractures. Due to this many people tend to mistake this type of injury for the ankle sprain which is quite different and difficult to identify.
Our day to day activities such as driving skiing, high jumps and even walking can cause ankle fractures because from these activities one can trip, have an unexpected landing or twisting your ankle. Fractures can affect any age groups from children youths and even the aged. 185 persons out of 100,000 suffer from ankle fractures each year.
Over the recent years, the number and frequency of ankle fractures is on the rise. The severity is immense in the in the older population. The common complaints from a person suffering from broken ankles are immediate and severe pain. Broken ankles are swollen and have bruises and when put on some weight there is a lot of pain. In some cases the pain in the ankle can extent to the knee from the foot. Depending on the position of the ankle at the time of the injury, the ankle can be deformed because the bone will tend to protrude from the skin.
An ankle that has a fracture will look different from the other ankle due to the significant swelling and the presence of blisters. Some people think that since they can walk the cant have fractured ankles but one should not rely on walking as a test because you may be injured and still walk. In other cases organs that are associated with the ankle such as toes will be painful.