Ankle fractures and ankle sprains can present in a similar way. Features that may suggest a fracture include obvious deformity, swelling, bruising, inability to weight bear, and bony tenderness.
Treatment depends on the stability of the ankle joint and X-ray evaluation. Some fractures are considered stable and may be managed as ankle sprains. Other fracture types may be offered either conservative care or surgery, depending on individual circumstances. Surgery usually consists of open reduction and internal fixation, followed by casting or splinting.
If you feel you may have an ankle fracture it is important to be seen by a physician as soon as possible. If you are initially seen at the emergency department then you may want to follow up with a specialist for a more thorough examination. Please contact our office with any questions.