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Ankle Fracture

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by Calvagna M

(Broken Ankle)


Risk Factors

Factors that increase your chances of getting an ankle fracture 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


To help prevent ankle fractures:


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society



British Columbia Podiatric Medical Association

Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation



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Ankle fractures (broken ankle). American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Available at: Updated March 2013. Accessed August 20, 2014.

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.

9/10/2014 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance Mosher TJ, Kransdorf MJ, et al. ACR Appropriateness Criteria acute trauma to the ankle online publication]. Reston (VA): American College of Radiology (ACR);2014. 10 p. Available at: Accessed September 10, 2014.


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