Get medical advice as soon as possible if you think you have broken your ankle. It may need treatment to heal properly.
Do not worry if you do not know if your ankle is broken, dislocated or sprained. Get it checked by a doctor.
You'll usually have an X-ray to check if your ankle is broken and see how bad the break is.
If you have a very minor break, you may not need any treatment.
For a more serious break, you may need:
You'll usually have follow-up appointments to check your ankle is healing properly.
A broken ankle usually takes 6 to 8 weeks to heal, but it can take longer.
The doctor will tell you:
Once it's healed, use your ankle as normal. Moving it will stop it getting stiff.
You may need to see a physiotherapist. They can help you with exercises to get your foot and ankle gently moving again.
Ask your doctor when you can return to contact sports or other activities that put a lot of strain on your ankle.
It's important to follow any advice you're given by the hospital or fracture clinic.
There are some things you can do to ease pain and help your broken ankle recover.