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What are Ankle Fractures?

An ankle fracture is a common injury in the lower extremity involving a break of the fibula, tibia or both bones.

Causes and Symptoms

Ankle fractures can range in severity from small flecks of bone to complex multipart fractures. It is important to understand that ankle fractures are different from ankle sprains but can often occur from the same injury. Symptoms may include tenderness, swelling, bruising, blisters, and inability to walk or bear weight.


Non-surgical treatment involves

  • Cast immobilization to allow for the fractured bone to heal
  • RICE therapy (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
  • Anti-inflammatory medications

Some ankle fractures will require surgical attention. Based on the nature and location of your ankle fracture, your foot and ankle surgeon will choose the appropriate surgery for you.

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855 Lehigh Ave. Union, NJ 07083


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475 Prospect Ave., Ste. 110, West Orange, NJ 07052