About Ankle Fractures

What is it and what are your treatment options?
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What is an Ankle Fracture?

The tibia, fibula, and talus join to form the ankle joint. The bones are connected by ligaments. Ankle fractures are common injuries. A fractured ankle can range from a simple break in one bone, which may not stop you from walking to several fractures, which forces your ankle out of place and may require that you not put weight on it for a few months.

Common Causes:

  • Twisting or rotating your ankle
  • Rolling your ankle
  • Tripping or falling
  • Impact during a car accident

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle may include:

  • Immediate and severe pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tender to touch
  • Cannot put any weight on the injured foot
  • Deformity (“out of place”), particularly if the ankle joint is dislocated as well

 If you are experiencing any of these symptoms immediately seek treatment by making an appointment with Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) team of foot and ankle specialists.

When you arrive for your initial consultation, Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) team of foot and ankle specialists will evaluate your areas of concern, discuss your symptoms, and develop a customized and comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. This evaluation is a necessary part of diagnosing your condition and providing the best possible care.

When diagnosing an Ankle Fracture, the OPA specialist will provide:

  • A medical, injury, and symptom history review
  • A physical examination
  • Multiple view x-rays, CT scan or MRI

Common Treatments:

Nonsurgical treatment options are commonly used to treat ankle fractures. A treatment plan usually consists of multiple treatment options:

RICE Method

Rest, ice, compression, and elevation decreases swelling, inflammation, and pain

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)

Decrease inflammation and pain.

Physical Therapy

Strengthens and stretches ankle muscles, ligaments, and tendons after the fracture has healed.

Activity Modification

Reduces or stops symptom causing activities


Splinting or a cast immobilizes the ankle. Crutches take the weight off the ankle

Surgery may be recommended to treat ankle fractures that disrupt the integrity/anatomy of the joint. During an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) procedure, an OPA foot and ankle specialist reduces the fractured or broken bones and fixates them using screws and metal plates. The procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. A splint immobilizes the ankle after surgery. Bone healing is monitored over the course of many weeks. An OPA selected physical therapist will help you regain strength and your joint becomes strong and healthy. Patients who have their surgery performed by an OPA foot and ankle specialist fully recover.

At OPA, our Board-Certified and Fellowship Trained Specialists are experts in diagnosing and treating ankle fractures.

If you are experiencing symptoms of an ankle fracture, contact our office to schedule an appointment with one of our specialist that is conveniently located in Anchorage, Wasilla and Eagle River, AK.

Schedule An Appointment

To receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan, please make an appointment with one of our Orthopedic Team Specialists at our offices conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK.
Anchorage: (907) 562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267

OPA Foot & Ankle Team

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Deryk Anderson, DO

Orthopedic Specialist

Eugene Chang, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Tucker Drury, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Greg Schweiger, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Our Mission

To provide the finest orthopedic surgery and musculoskeletal care in North America, offering general and specialized adult care to all Alaskans and visitors.


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