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Ankle Fracture (cont.)

Broken Ankle Causes

When a person stresses the ankle joint beyond the strength of its elements, the joint becomes injured.

  • If only the ligaments give way and tear, the damage is a sprained ankle.
  • If a bone gives way and breaks, the damage is an ankle fracture.
  • Fractures can occur with simultaneous tears of the ligaments. This can happen in several ways:
    • Rolling the ankle in or out
    • Twisting the ankle side to side
    • Extreme flexing or extending of the joint
    • Severe force applied to the joint by coming straight down on it as in jumping from a high level
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/16/2013

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