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Ankle Fracture

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by Calvagna M

(Broken Ankle)


Risk Factors

A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease, condition, or injury. Risk factors include:
  • Decreased muscle mass
  • Osteoporosis (common in women after menopause and in older, less active people)
  • Any condition that increases the risk of falls, such as poor muscle control or poor balance
  • Participation in certain sports, such as basketball, football, soccer, and skiing
  • Being overweight can increase the risk of fractures and make rehabilitation more difficult


To help prevent ankle fractures:
  • Do not put yourself at risk for trauma to the ankle.
  • Eat a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D.
  • Do weight-bearing exercises to build strong bones.
  • Build strong muscles to prevent falls and to stay active and agile.


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society



British Columbia Podiatric Medical Association

Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation



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Broken Ankle. American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society website. Available at: . Accessed November 5, 2012.

Chaudhry S, Egol KA. Ankle injuries and fractures in the obese patient. Orthop Clin North Am . 2011;42(1):45-53.

Scott AM. Diagnosis and treatment of ankle fractures. Radiol Technol . 2010;81(5):457-475.


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