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Symptoms

If you have a fractured ankle, your symptoms probably will include:

  • Pain, swelling, tenderness and bruising at your ankle joint

  • Inability to move your ankle through its normal range of motion

  • Inability to bear weight on your injured ankle However, if you can bear weight on the ankle, don't assume there is no fracture.

  • In some cases, a "crack" or "snap" in the ankle at the time of injury

  • In open fractures, severe ankle deformity, with portions of the fractured bone visible through broken skin

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