Ankle Fracture (cont.)
Broken Ankle Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of ankle injuries and ankle fractures tend to be obvious.
- Pain is the most common complaint.
- Often the pain will not come from the exact area of the fracture.
- The person may experience associated
foot fractures (especially on the
side of the small toe) or knee that also cause pain similar to ankle pain.
- It is usually pain in the ankle that stops individuals from walking.
- Swelling frequently occurs around the ankle.
- Swelling suggests either soft tissue damage with possible blood around the
joint (hemarthrosis) or fluid within the joint itself, most likely blood.
- A person may see bruising around the
ankle joint, although not immediately. The
bruising can track down toward the sole of the foot or toward the toes.
- In severe fractures, there may be obvious deformities of bones around the
- Skin may be stretched over an underlying broken bone.
- Bone may be exposed.
- If the ankle joint is dislocated, the foot and leg bones will be
misaligned and will appear deformed.
- If people injure nerves or blood vessels that supply the foot, there may
be more pain along with pale skin in the foot, numbness, or an inability to move
the foot or toes.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/16/2013
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