There are three bones and two joints in each ankle. Breaking an ankle can mean breaking any or multiple of the bones, as well as tearing and stretching of ligaments and tissues that surround them.
Broken ankles are typically caused by falls, car accidents, or sports-related trauma. Since severe sprains can sometimes hide symptoms of a broken bone, it is very important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after a foot injury.
Symptoms of a broken ankle include bruising, swelling, severe pain, the inability for the ankle to bear weight, tenderness, discoloration, and/or deformity.
Treatments typically include a cast or brace. Depending on the severity of the injury, corrective surgery may be needed to secure the bones in place for proper alignment.