A broken or fractured ankle means at least one of the bones making up this complex joint is broken. At its most straightforward, a simple break in a single bone may not prevent you from walking, while multiple fractures may stop you from putting weight on your foot for weeks. Clearly, the ankle becomes more unstable the more bones have been broken.
A trimalleolar ankle fracture is sometimes accompanied by dislocation and damage to the ligament, or band of fibrous tissue holding the bone and joint in position.
It involves all three of the ankle’s malleoli, so that all of the following are broken:
- The medial malleolus
- The lateral malleolus
- The posterior malleolus
(These are specific parts of the tibia and fibula which make up the ankle joint.)
Unfortunately, you can experience this problem and need trimalleolar ankle fracture rehabilitation at any age, and it can come about from twisting or rotating your ankle, falling or tripping, or from the impact of a car accident.
A broken ankle may feel quite similar to a sprain, and so it’s important that you get proper medical attention every time you have an ankle injury.
Need trimalleolar ankle fracture rehabilitation?
If you’re unlucky enough to need trimalleolar ankle fracture rehabilitation, and your ankle has been left unstable, surgery may be recommended, during which screws will be placed in the bone, perhaps with a plate as well.
In terms of non-surgical options, as long as the bone is not out of place, a removable brace or a short leg cast may be suggested. You may not be able to put any weight on the joint for up to six weeks.
Clearly, having treatment for a trimalleolar ankle fracture is a serious business, and it may mean that you are not able to drive, or you may have to take an extended period of time off work.
In such cases, if you’ve hurt your ankle because of an accident that was not your fault, and it happened three years ago or more recently, you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation to cover some of the additional expenses incurred.
Contact us at established law firm Accident Advice Helpline for more details about pursuing a claim. Queries are treated in confidence, and our solicitors work on a no-win, no-fee basis, making it possible to start the process completely free of charge.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, to from a mobile ring 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 10th July 2014
Author: Jan Newell