What is a Bimalleolar Fracture / Broken Ankle?

Ankle is one of the important joint, which also bears weight of the body. Ankle fractures are one of the common injuries due to various causes, ranging from accidents to sport injuries. Bimalleolar fracture is also known as Potts fractures. It is a type of ankle fracture, in which the inner and outer end prominences at the lower end of the leg breaks or develop a crack. After knowing about the condition in detail, it can help in better management and faster recovery.


Causes of Bimalleolar Fracture

Bimalleolar fractures occur due to the following causes:

  • Falls
  • Ligament tear
  • Repeated injuries to the soft tissues
  • Forceful impact on the ankle
  • Road accidents
  • Injuries to the leg
  • Sports injuries
  • Tripping
  • Falling on a gradient
  • Twisting the ankle joint


Signs and Symptoms of a Bimalleolar Fracture

Following are some of the symptoms observed in an ankle fracture:

  • Tenderness in the region of the fracture, when pressure is applied
  • Bruising
  • pain at inner and outer side of the ankle
  • Ankle stiffness & swelling of the fractured region
  • Displacement of the bones
  • Severe pain
  • Swelling of the area,
  • Inability to bear weight on the ankle, stand & walk
  • Dislocated bones


Physical therapy treatment for Bimalleolar Fracture

Physical therapy at SOS PHYSIO aims to improve the movement of ankle joint and progress through weight bearing and then standing and walking. It will play an important role in the treatment of bimalleolar fracture. Exercises help to strengthen the supporting muscles, prevent injuries and promote better healing.

There are many physical therapy treatments such as Manual therapy & Active Release Techniques (ART) are found to be very effective in treating this type of disorder.
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