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What is an ankle fracture?

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An ankle fracture is when at least one of three bones in your ankle breaks.

If just one bone is broken, you may not realize how bad the injury is. But if multiple bones break at once, you will lose stability in your ankle and may not be able to walk.

An ankle fracture can also lead to ligament damage.

From: Ankle Sprain vs. Broken Ankle WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Sprained Ankle,” “Ankle sprains: what’s normal, what’s not.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Sprains, Strains & Fractures”

Mayo Clinic: “Sprained Ankle.”

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Ankle Sprain”

Southeast Orthopedic Specialists: “The Difference Between a Broken and Sprained Ankle.”

Emory Healthcare: “Is it a Sprain? Or a Fracture?”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on March 14, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Sprained Ankle,” “Ankle sprains: what’s normal, what’s not.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Sprains, Strains & Fractures”

Mayo Clinic: “Sprained Ankle.”

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Ankle Sprain”

Southeast Orthopedic Specialists: “The Difference Between a Broken and Sprained Ankle.”

Emory Healthcare: “Is it a Sprain? Or a Fracture?”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on March 14, 2019

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