Fractured Foot and Ankle

Xray showing a severe fracture and dislocation of the ankle joint. Both sides of the ankle joint having been broken
Xray showing a severe fracture and dislocation of the ankle joint. Both sides of the ankle joint having been broken

A fracture is a break in one of your bones. Fractures can range from tiny hairline cracks to serious shattering breaks that pierce your skin.

Each foot and ankle is made up of 27 bones. (See the diagram below)

Fractures of the ankle and foot are relatively common injuries.

If you have a fracture, your treatment will depend on a number of things, including:

  • the exact site of the fracture
  • the severity of the fracture
  • your general health

Many minor injurys can be treated in a plaster cast and by keeping weight off the foot by using crutches. However, a severely broken ankle or broken foot may require surgery to implant wires, plates, and screws to fix the bone properly.

For more information on specific fractures of the foot and ankle click on the following links:

foot anatomy

12 August, 2012