Ankle fractures are very common injuries that affect people of all ages. The ankle joint is composed of three bones: the shinbone (tibia), the small bone on the outside of the lower leg (fibula), and the saddle bone (talus) which sits between the tibia and fibula. The injury can range from a simple crack in one bone, which may not stop you from walking, to several fractures, which forces your ankle out of place and may require that you not put weight on it for a few months. Usually there is associated ligament damage that may require special treatment considerations.

Because a severe ankle sprain can feel the same as a broken ankle, every ankle injury should be evaluated by a physician. Pain, swelling, bruising and inability to bear weight are common. Deformity is always a concerning finding
The diagnosis of ankle fracture is typically made by a combination of the patient’s history, and the findings on physical examination. X-rays are mandatory, and depending on the clinical findings and MRI may be needed to define the extent of soft tissue damage.
The approach and the timing of treatment of ankle fractures depends on the nature of the injury, in terms on the bone and location of the break, associated displacement and deformity and the associated soft tissue injury and condition, among other factors. Low energy injuries with simple cracks, without appreciable displacement, can sometimes be treated non-operatively with immobilization and weight bearing restriction. However, most ankle fractures will require surgical stabilization, in order to maximize healing and restore anatomic alignment and function.

At Oceana Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, Dr. Aboka brings added expertise in the non-operative and surgical management of ankle fractures, utilizing the latest in minimally invasive orthopaedic trauma technology, and putting you back on the way to recovery quickly.