Fractured Ankle (Broken Ankle) – Symptoms & Treatment

Ankle Fractures (Broken Ankle)

The ankle is a complex joint that is capable of a wide range of movement. It takes the full weight of the body and is subject to considerable force, particularly in running and jumping. There are 2 joints that allow the movement of the ankle – tibiotalar joint and subtalar joint. The distal fibula is joined to the distal tibia by the anterior and posterior inferior tibiofibular ligaments. These ligaments join the fibula to the talus. The talus is joined to the calcaneus by the calcaneo-fibular ligaments.

A broken ankle is also known as an ankle “fracture.” This means that one or more of the bones – the tibia, fibula and talus that make up the ankle joint are broken. The ligaments of the ankle that holds the ankle bones and joints in position may be damaged as well.


There are many reasons to cause an ankle to be fractured:

    • Twisting or rotating your ankle
    • Rolling your ankle
    • Tripping or falling
    • Impact during a car accident


    • Immediate and severe pain
    • Swelling
    • Bruising
    • Tender to touch
    • Cannot weight bear on the injured foot

Treatment is determined by the stability of the ankle joint. Some fracture patterns are considered stable, while other fracture types may need either conservative therapy or surgery. Conservative treatment will place you in a cast to ensure that healing is maintained. If a surgery is needed, it would involve an open reduction and internal fixation.

It is recommended to seek Dr Siow’s professional advise to provide appropriate treatments for you.

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