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Common Classifications of Ankle Fractures

Ankle fractures often result from trauma or sudden twists during activities like sports or falls. These fractures are classified based on the location and severity of the break, aiding medical professionals in determining the most appropriate treatment. One common classification system divides ankle fractures into three main categories, which are lateral malleolus fractures, medial malleolus fractures, and posterior malleolus fractures. Lateral malleolus fractures involve the outer bone of the ankle, known as the fibula, and typically occur from rolling the ankle outward. Medial malleolus fractures affect the inner bone of the ankle, called the tibia, and result from inward rolling of the ankle. Posterior malleolus fractures involve the back of the tibia near the ankle joint and are often associated with high-energy injuries. If you have fractured your ankle, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat this condition.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Kenneth Donovan, DPM from Advanced Care Foot and 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 Charleston, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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