How do I know ifmy ankle is broken?

If you injure your ankle, the following can be signs of a fracture:

  • pain and tenderness particularly in the bones around the ankle
  • being unable to walk or put any weight on the ankle
  • swelling and significant bruising
  • a 'crack' sound during the injury
  • the ankle being a funny shape (dislocated)
  • bone poking out of the skin (open or compound fracture)

Because of the shock and pain of breaking your ankle, you may also feel faint, dizzy or sick.

If the injury is not severe it can be difficult to tell if your ankle is broken or just sprained . An X-ray is needed to confirmwhether theankle is broken and help determine the most appropriate treatment.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018