Ankle fracture – Definition
An ankle fracture is a break in the ankle joint. The joint is made up of three bones:
- Tibia (shin bone) — the main bone of the lower leg that runs along the inside of the leg
- Fibula — the smaller bone of the lower leg that runs along the outside of the leg
- Talus — the bone that provides the connection between the leg and the foot and is less often fractured than the others
The ankle joint is supported by three groups of ligaments. An injury that causes a fracture may also damage one or more of these ligaments.
(Broken Shin; Lower Leg Break; Tibia Fracture)
Shinbone fracture – Definition
A shinbone fracture is a break in the tibia (shinbone). The lower leg has two bones that connect the knee to the ankle: the tibia and the fibula. The tibia is the larger of the two bones and runs on the inside of the lower leg. The fibula is much smaller and runs along the outside of the lower leg.