Broken ankles are very common and can involve one or more of its bones (the ankle has two joints and three bones).

However, broken ankles are not always obvious, often being confused with severe sprain. For this reason, ankle injuries should be examined by a qualified specialist.

The treatment for a broken ankle usually involves a leg cast or brace. However, if the ligaments are also torn, or if the break created a loose fragment of bone that could irritate the joint, surgery may be required.