Chipped Ankle Bone: Is My Ankle Broken or Sprained?

Chipped Ankle Bone: Is it possible to chip a bone in your ankle? What should you do if a chip does happen? Follow this guide to find out!

 

 

 

Causes Of A Chipped Ankle Bone:

A chipped ankle bone is possible but not likely in the way most people think it is.

  • If a bone is chipped, it is usually within the ankle joint.
  • This is usually a piece of cartilage with bone called an osteochondral defect.
  • This is experienced in severe compression injuries.
  • It is possible to have an osteophyte or enthesophyte on the outside of the bone.
  • These feel like a “bone chip” but are still part of the bone.

 

Chipped ankle bone causes, symptoms and treatment
This is a spur on the anterior part of the ankle. It can cause grinding and cracking.

Is It possible to get a small bone chip on the outside skin of the ankle?

Yes it is theoretically, but it is still very unlikely and rarely seen.

  • If you can feel bone formation on the outside of you ankle it is usually a defect on the edge of your bone.

Broken Ankle Rehab for broken fibula

This is a picture of a fractured fibula, this is more than a chip!

1)Ankle Osteophyte:

Osteophytes are simply extra bone formation after an irregular stress is placed on the bone.

 

  • This is called an osteophyte (bone spur) which can happen in response to trauma.
  • Osteophytes are possible around the ankle in response to trauma, arthritis or previous ankle injury.

 

Chipped Ankle Bone Treatment Causes Symptoms
This is a fracture of a fibula, again, this more than a chip!

 

2)Ankle Enthesophyte:

 

  • It can also be an enthesophyte which is calcification of a a tendon.
  • Enthesophytes are most common at the bottom of the foot as a spur, or a achilles tendon spur.

 

Chipped Ankle Bone Treatment:

The best course of action would be to go in for X-ray imaging.

  • X-rays will show osteophytes & enthesophytes.
  • It will even show a bone chip if possible.
  • The only way to know for sure how to treat this injury is to confirm exactly what it is.
  • Depending on the joint, the region & the tendon of the extra bone formation: your podiatrist will come up with a treatment plan.

 

 

Home Treatment:

  • After you are out of a cast or walking boot, you should transition to a rigid ankle support brace.
  • If you are more of the sprained ankle variety, you may not need a cast or a fracture boot.
  • These are our favorite braces.
  • These stability braces are meant for when you immediately leave the immobilizing boot.

 

Best Ankle Stability Braces (Not for Compression):
The Best Overall Brace For Fit & Support.
Most Supportive Premium Brace.
Best Budge Supportive Brace.
Bauerfeind - MalleoTrain Plus - Ankle Support - Extra Stability for The Ankle Joints and Tendons, Helps Stabilize The Ankle Muscles for Injury Healing and Pain Relief
Zamst A2-DX Strong Support Ankle Brace
#1 Laced Ankle Brace with Stabilizing Strap for Flexible Support. Breathable Neoprene Braces Made by Product Stop. (Medium)
Price:
Price not available
Price not available
Price not available
Overview:
Amazing brace, best fit and support combination: If you can afford it.
This is the best brace for pure support, but it can't fit in more snug shoes.
Outstanding brace for the price point. This is a figure 8 strap with laces, soft interface.
Pros:
Amazing brace. Best reviews and best fit. This is the Ferrari of braces if you can afford it.
This is a very highly rated, great reviewed brace. The support and stability is top notch for athletics. Very durable and does it's job.
Amazing reviews with proven track record. This is very soft and supportive in your shoe.
Cons:
The only downside besides cost, is complexity. This brace must be left or right. Not interchangeable. It is also for post-injury situations and good support. Not for compression!
The brace may be a little too big for a more snug shoe. This requires some room to fit and would be the main complaint. Hard interface along the padding.
The main downside is the durability and the ability for the material to give out. Great at first but maybe 3-4 months of continuous use prior to failure.
Important Tips:
Make sure to choose left vs. right. This is a high level brace mean specifically for injury support. This is not for compression or non-injury situations. It will be too tight.
This is a fantastic and supportive brace. Just make sure that your shoe will have some room for it to fit. Most good running shoes should let it fit.
This is an excellent starter brace if you have never had a brace before. It is a little longer to put with the straps and laces.
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links will connect you to Amazon):
Best Ankle Stability Braces (Not for Compression):
The Best Overall Brace For Fit & Support.
Bauerfeind - MalleoTrain Plus - Ankle Support - Extra Stability for The Ankle Joints and Tendons, Helps Stabilize The Ankle Muscles for Injury Healing and Pain Relief
Price:
Price not available
Overview:
Amazing brace, best fit and support combination: If you can afford it.
Pros:
Amazing brace. Best reviews and best fit. This is the Ferrari of braces if you can afford it.
Cons:
The only downside besides cost, is complexity. This brace must be left or right. Not interchangeable. It is also for post-injury situations and good support. Not for compression!
Important Tips:
Make sure to choose left vs. right. This is a high level brace mean specifically for injury support. This is not for compression or non-injury situations. It will be too tight.
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links will connect you to Amazon):
Best Ankle Stability Braces (Not for Compression):
Most Supportive Premium Brace.
Zamst A2-DX Strong Support Ankle Brace
Price:
Price not available
Overview:
This is the best brace for pure support, but it can't fit in more snug shoes.
Pros:
This is a very highly rated, great reviewed brace. The support and stability is top notch for athletics. Very durable and does it's job.
Cons:
The brace may be a little too big for a more snug shoe. This requires some room to fit and would be the main complaint. Hard interface along the padding.
Important Tips:
This is a fantastic and supportive brace. Just make sure that your shoe will have some room for it to fit. Most good running shoes should let it fit.
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links will connect you to Amazon):
Best Ankle Stability Braces (Not for Compression):
Best Budge Supportive Brace.
#1 Laced Ankle Brace with Stabilizing Strap for Flexible Support. Breathable Neoprene Braces Made by Product Stop. (Medium)
Price:
Price not available
Overview:
Outstanding brace for the price point. This is a figure 8 strap with laces, soft interface.
Pros:
Amazing reviews with proven track record. This is very soft and supportive in your shoe.
Cons:
The main downside is the durability and the ability for the material to give out. Great at first but maybe 3-4 months of continuous use prior to failure.
Important Tips:
This is an excellent starter brace if you have never had a brace before. It is a little longer to put with the straps and laces.
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links will connect you to Amazon):

 

Ankle Physical Therapy:

 

  • Physical therapy is definitely needed to optimize recovery.
  • The dangers of not having physical therapy following an ankle fracture are the lack of joint flexibility.
  • It is very easy at the beginning to simply start walking differently to take pressure off your ankle, but the problem is that your keep walking that way even after the fracture heals.
  • In our opinion this is the number one reason for long term problems, the joint contractures that develop can lead to knee, hip and back issues that then last a very long time.
  • People may then need further surgery for those issues.
  • Physical therapy can usually last for 3-4 weeks depending on injury coverage and severity of the fracture.

 

Ankle foot orthosis for broken ankle rehabilitation
This patient is many months postoperative from a severe ankle fracture. We did fit them with a custom ankle brace and orthotic combined into one to allow for pain free walking and mobility.

What If I have Pain 6+ Months Later?

  • These are compression braces that should help you long term.
  • These are meant more for compression and fit, rather than absolute stability:

 

Best Heel & Ankle Compression For Pain Relief:
Best Premium Brace (Support & Compression)
Budget Brace With Some Compression & Some Support.
Best Pure Compression & Slim Fit Ankle Support
Bauerfeind - MalleoTrain - Ankle Support Brace - Helps Stabilize The Ankle Muscles and Joints for Injury Healing and Pain Relief - Right Foot - Size 1 - Color Black
Ankle Brace for Plantar Fasciitis and Ankle Support - Ankle Wrap for Sprain, Tendonitis & Heel Pain Relief for Women & Men
POWERLIX Ankle Brace Compression Support Sleeve (Pair) for Injury Recovery, Joint Pain and More. Achilles Tendon Support, Plantar Fasciitis Foot Socks with Arch Support, Eases Swelling
Price:
$29.10
Price not available
Price not available
Overview:
This is The Top Level Brace - Does Compression, Support & Great Fit.
This brace attempts mild compression and mild support.
Focused on great fit and excellent overall compression. Little focus on support.
Pros:
Excellent brace: Best overall mix of compression & support, and it still fits in most shoes! If you have a chronic injury and need to wear normal shoes => This is the BEST CHOICE.
Good rating at 4.3 with 2,000 reviews. It is cost effective and gives some support with some compression. Does both ok, but excellent when price is factored in.
Excellent reviewmost 2,000 5 star reviews. Great fit into almost any type of shoe. Very Slim, very cost effective.
Cons:
Expensive. It doesn't do any single thing the best. There are cheaper and more supportive braces, there are cheaper and more compressive braces. But no braces combine the two and still fit in a shoe.
Does not really do anything well. Weak support and not the best compression. Meant as an assist for chronic pain and low activity. Not for an acute injury.
Does not really provide stability. It still likely is not thin enough for a dress shoe or a dress heel combined with a sock.
Important Tips:
This is a high durability brace for everyday use. If you have chronic arthritis or pain with a high need for activity, this is your brace to use! **Gel inside seems to deteriorate after daily washing at about 1 year old**
This is mean for lower activity and better fit than a true supportive brace. Don't use this for an acute sprain or injury.
This is excellent for what it does. Which is simple compression with minimal support. This would be great with an orthotic and running shoe in a non-acute/severe injury.
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links will connect you to Amazon):
Best Heel & Ankle Compression For Pain Relief:
Best Premium Brace (Support & Compression)
Bauerfeind - MalleoTrain - Ankle Support Brace - Helps Stabilize The Ankle Muscles and Joints for Injury Healing and Pain Relief - Right Foot - Size 1 - Color Black
Price:
$29.10
Overview:
This is The Top Level Brace - Does Compression, Support & Great Fit.
Pros:
Excellent brace: Best overall mix of compression & support, and it still fits in most shoes! If you have a chronic injury and need to wear normal shoes => This is the BEST CHOICE.
Cons:
Expensive. It doesn't do any single thing the best. There are cheaper and more supportive braces, there are cheaper and more compressive braces. But no braces combine the two and still fit in a shoe.
Important Tips:
This is a high durability brace for everyday use. If you have chronic arthritis or pain with a high need for activity, this is your brace to use! **Gel inside seems to deteriorate after daily washing at about 1 year old**
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links will connect you to Amazon):
Best Heel & Ankle Compression For Pain Relief:
Budget Brace With Some Compression & Some Support.
Ankle Brace for Plantar Fasciitis and Ankle Support - Ankle Wrap for Sprain, Tendonitis & Heel Pain Relief for Women & Men
Price:
Price not available
Overview:
This brace attempts mild compression and mild support.
Pros:
Good rating at 4.3 with 2,000 reviews. It is cost effective and gives some support with some compression. Does both ok, but excellent when price is factored in.
Cons:
Does not really do anything well. Weak support and not the best compression. Meant as an assist for chronic pain and low activity. Not for an acute injury.
Important Tips:
This is mean for lower activity and better fit than a true supportive brace. Don't use this for an acute sprain or injury.
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links will connect you to Amazon):
Best Heel & Ankle Compression For Pain Relief:
Best Pure Compression & Slim Fit Ankle Support
POWERLIX Ankle Brace Compression Support Sleeve (Pair) for Injury Recovery, Joint Pain and More. Achilles Tendon Support, Plantar Fasciitis Foot Socks with Arch Support, Eases Swelling
Price:
Price not available
Overview:
Focused on great fit and excellent overall compression. Little focus on support.
Pros:
Excellent reviewmost 2,000 5 star reviews. Great fit into almost any type of shoe. Very Slim, very cost effective.
Cons:
Does not really provide stability. It still likely is not thin enough for a dress shoe or a dress heel combined with a sock.
Important Tips:
This is excellent for what it does. Which is simple compression with minimal support. This would be great with an orthotic and running shoe in a non-acute/severe injury.
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links will connect you to Amazon):

 

Pain Relief Options:

  • Consider menthol as an alternative to icing.
  • Studies have shown that the pain relief can last 2x as long.
  • This is safer than long term NSAIDs or other pills.

 

Best Foot & Ankle Muscle/Ligament Pain Relief Products
Best & Proven Pain Relieving Gel.
Roll On Version of Biofreeze Gel.
A giant container of value size biofreeze.
Menthol Based Ointment with Hemp Extract
Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel, 4 oz. Tube, Pack of 3 (Packaging May Vary)
Biofreeze Pain Relief Roll-On, 3 oz. Roll-On, Fast Acting, Long Lasting, & Powerful Topical Pain Reliever, Pack of 3 (Packaging May Vary)
Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel, 1 Gallon Pump, Green
HEMPACTIV Hemp Pain Relief Cream | Hemp + MSM + Arnica + Menthol | Relieve Muscle, Joint & Arthritis Pain | Effective Hemp Pain Cream | 2oz
Price:
$31.18
$25.72
$124.08
$29.99
Overview:
The Proven and Scientifically Published Menthol Based Gel
Same as biofreeze gel, but the roll-on is prefered by some people for their feet, less messy.
8.1 lbs(3.67 kg) of Value Sized Biofreeze!
This is an alternative cream: Basically Biofreeze + hemp extract.
Pros:
Scientifically proven to loosen up and relief pain up to 2x longer than Ice. Less effort than ice and great reviews. 900+ 5 star reviews on Amazon.
The roll-on application of this biofreeze can be easier to apply. Less overall mess.
If you know you already love it and trust the reviews. This is a great value that lasts a long time.
It has great reviews, loved by the all natural crowd. 100s of 5 star reviews with a near perfect rating.
Cons:
Don't put this on open sores or mucous membranes, it will burn! It can run out quick and doesn't prevent pain, just helps it.
Not as easy to spread in other areas, main difference is the roll on applicator, same solution.
A gigantic bottle that could fall over and injure you! Seriously this could be too big in some situations.
Basically looks like menthol(active Biofreeze ingredient), but with hemp extract SKYROCKETING the price.
Important Tips:
Menthol is the active ingredient in this and other hemp based creams. It works similar to ice, but once you apply it you can just move on rather than waiting 20 minutes. **Works great to get your through the night if you have pain sleeping**
Roll-on method is best for the bottom of the feet. No other real advantage. Most patients like it prior to bed for easy sleeping without foot pain.
If you know you love it, this stuff works all over the sore areas in your body not just your foot. I have had many people get me to order this for them in the past and LOVED IT!
The hemp extract is almost nothing and likely a marketing gimmick. It's basically Biofreeze with some hemp extract raising the price.
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links will connect you to Amazon):
Best Foot & Ankle Muscle/Ligament Pain Relief Products
Best & Proven Pain Relieving Gel.
Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel, 4 oz. Tube, Pack of 3 (Packaging May Vary)
Price:
$31.18
Overview:
The Proven and Scientifically Published Menthol Based Gel
Pros:
Scientifically proven to loosen up and relief pain up to 2x longer than Ice. Less effort than ice and great reviews. 900+ 5 star reviews on Amazon.
Cons:
Don't put this on open sores or mucous membranes, it will burn! It can run out quick and doesn't prevent pain, just helps it.
Important Tips:
Menthol is the active ingredient in this and other hemp based creams. It works similar to ice, but once you apply it you can just move on rather than waiting 20 minutes. **Works great to get your through the night if you have pain sleeping**
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links will connect you to Amazon):
Best Foot & Ankle Muscle/Ligament Pain Relief Products
Roll On Version of Biofreeze Gel.
Biofreeze Pain Relief Roll-On, 3 oz. Roll-On, Fast Acting, Long Lasting, & Powerful Topical Pain Reliever, Pack of 3 (Packaging May Vary)
Price:
$25.72
Overview:
Same as biofreeze gel, but the roll-on is prefered by some people for their feet, less messy.
Pros:
The roll-on application of this biofreeze can be easier to apply. Less overall mess.
Cons:
Not as easy to spread in other areas, main difference is the roll on applicator, same solution.
Important Tips:
Roll-on method is best for the bottom of the feet. No other real advantage. Most patients like it prior to bed for easy sleeping without foot pain.
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links will connect you to Amazon):
Best Foot & Ankle Muscle/Ligament Pain Relief Products
A giant container of value size biofreeze.
Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel, 1 Gallon Pump, Green
Price:
$124.08
Overview:
8.1 lbs(3.67 kg) of Value Sized Biofreeze!
Pros:
If you know you already love it and trust the reviews. This is a great value that lasts a long time.
Cons:
A gigantic bottle that could fall over and injure you! Seriously this could be too big in some situations.
Important Tips:
If you know you love it, this stuff works all over the sore areas in your body not just your foot. I have had many people get me to order this for them in the past and LOVED IT!
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links will connect you to Amazon):
Best Foot & Ankle Muscle/Ligament Pain Relief Products
Menthol Based Ointment with Hemp Extract
HEMPACTIV Hemp Pain Relief Cream | Hemp + MSM + Arnica + Menthol | Relieve Muscle, Joint & Arthritis Pain | Effective Hemp Pain Cream | 2oz
Price:
$29.99
Overview:
This is an alternative cream: Basically Biofreeze + hemp extract.
Pros:
It has great reviews, loved by the all natural crowd. 100s of 5 star reviews with a near perfect rating.
Cons:
Basically looks like menthol(active Biofreeze ingredient), but with hemp extract SKYROCKETING the price.
Important Tips:
The hemp extract is almost nothing and likely a marketing gimmick. It's basically Biofreeze with some hemp extract raising the price.
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links will connect you to Amazon):

 

Get Great Shoes:

  • Getting a great supportive pair of shoes will make sure that there is pressure removed from your ankle and foot long term.
  • This is especially important if you are flat footed and your foot starts to turn outward against the lateral aspect of the shoe.
  • Consider shoes combined with a good supportive orthotic for best pain relief!
  • The following link will show you what our favorites are.

 

Best Podiatrist Recommended Shoes