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Ankle Fractures

    Ankle Fractures

    The ankle is a hinge joint between the leg and the foot. Stability of this joint is maintained by ligaments but also by the bony architecture of the joint. The two important bones are the medial and lateral malleolus which are the ends of the tibia and fibula respectively. With a twist, fall or inversion of the ankle, these bones can break. If both are broken, the ankle joint is unstable and the fractures must be fixed with surgery. Sometimes only one of the two breaks. In these situations, the fracture is treated non-operatively with bracing versus or with surgery depending on the stability of the joint. This decision is based on the x-rays and the severity of the fracture.