What is it?

An ankle fracture is a broken ankle. Fractures can be thin cracks or complete breaks that shatter. Ankle fractures cause pain, bruising and swelling. There are several types of ankle fractures. The most common type is called a distal fibula fracture. 

An ankle fracture is usually caused by an injury or trauma, like a twisted or rolled ankle, or heavy impact from falling. 

If you have an ankle fracture, you will need an X-ray to diagnose the fracture type and how serious it is. From there, your GP can plan your treatment program. Treatments for an ankle fracture include surgery or mobilisation (keeping the ankle still). Ankle fractures usually take six to 10 weeks to fully heal and recover.