broken anklesAn Alaskan musher named Scott Janssen was in the middle of the Rohn and Nikolai checkpoints when his sled accidently flipped over. Janssen was thrown off and hit his skull on a tree stump, knocking him out.

At one point one of the dogs from his team got loose, and as Janssen went to find it he fell through the ice on a frozen creek, breaking one of his ankles. He lay in the spot where he fell for about 45 minutes.

Eventually another musher arrived and activated his GPS tracker to summon help. "I can always wear the badge of honor that I made it over the pass on the worst year in the 42-year history of the Iditarod,” Janssen said after his ordeal was finally over.

Broken ankles can result from accidents of all kinds. If you’ve injured your ankle and you think it could be broken, talk to a licensed podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S.  of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will do everything help treat your foot and ankle pain and care for your condition.

Broken Ankles

A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. The tibia is the bone of the lower leg that is known to be the weight-bearing bone and is also more commonly called the shin. The fibula is the bone that is found on the outside of the leg and is smaller than the tibia. These bones are both attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankle fractures are very common since they occur in an area that suffers a lot of weight bearing and stress; therefore this area is more prone to suffering from fractures. There some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle and the following symptoms may be present.

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