Ankle Fracture and Broken Ankles

A broken, or fractured, ankle is a common ankle condition that results when excessive stress, twisting, or trauma occurs to the ankle joint.

Understanding Broken Ankles

Your ankle joint is made up of three bones and one or more of these bones can break during a fall or blow to your ankle. However, the most common type of broken ankle is a fracture in one of the lateral bumps (each called a malleolus) at the lower ends of the tibia and fibula. These bones are responsible for assisting in supporting the foot from rolling side to side, and are generally susceptible to injury when the ankle is rolled or landed on in an awkward position.