Isolated posterior malleolus fracture: a rare injury mechanism

  • Harish V. KurupEmail author
  • Prabhakar Rao
Case Report


Isolated posterior malleolus fractures of the ankle are very rare, especially those without any associated ligamentous injury. The mechanism of injury is unique, and treatment depends on the displacement of the fracture and associated injuries. We present the case of a 46-year-old female car driver who sustained this injury. Axial loading of the plantar flexed foot most likely caused this fracture pattern. The fracture healed in 6 weeks with non-operative treatment in a below-knee plaster cast.


Isolated Posterior malleolus Fracture 

Fracture isolée de la malléole postérieure: Un mécanisme traumatique rare


La fracture isolée de la malléole postérieure du tibia est extrêmement rare, surtout sans lésion ligamentaire associée. Le mécanisme causal est le plus souvent une compression sur un pied en flexion plantaire et le traitement dépend du déplacement et de l’existence de lésions associées. Nous rapportons un cas survenu chez une conductrice. La fracture a consolidé avec un traitement orthopédique par botte platrée pendant 6 semaines.

Mots clés

Malléole postérieure Fracture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of OrthopaedicsSouthampton University HospitalSouthamptonUK
  2. 2.Southampton, HampshireUK

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