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What is the Weber Classification?

What is the Weber Classification?

The Weber classification is a system used to categorize ankle injuries. The ankle is a delicate joint that has a lot of demands placed on it. People use their ankle to balance, extend, and roll their feet. While the ankle does provide a significant amount of flexibility, this also comes at the price of stability. Most people know what it feels like to roll an ankle. This ligament sprain alone can take a long time to heal. At the same time, it is also possible for someone to suffer a fracture in their ankle. This is the purpose of the Weber classification.

This system is to used categorize and grade various ankle fractures. There are three types of Weber ankle fractures. Each has its own mechanisms and separate implications for recovery. Understanding the types of ankle fractures will help patients and doctors plan for treatment and recovery.

The Types of Weber Classification Ankle Fractures

There are three separate types of ankle fractures under the Weber classification. They are type A, type B, and type C.

Type A: The first type of ankle fracture is type A. This fracture is typically transverse and is located in the talus. This means there is a single fracture line across the top of one of the largest bones in the foot. Usually, this is a stable, non-displaced fracture. The ligaments of the ankle are intact.

Type B: A type B fracture is usually more severe than type A. In a type B fracture, the fracture through the talus is typically spiral in shape. The medial malleolus, which is the bony prominence on the inside of the ankle, might also be fractured. It is also possible one or more of the ligaments of the ankle are torn as well. If there is a ligament tear along with a fracture of the medial malleolus, surgery is almost always required.

Type C: A type C fracture is even more severe. This fracture is located at the top of the ankle. There is a disruption of the joint space itself. Furthermore, there might also be a fracture of the medial malleolus and/or fibula. The deltoid ligament of the ankle is also frequently torn. This injury requires open reduction and internal fixation to repair.

The Weber classification helps doctors and patients plan for the treatment process. Some of these injuries will require surgery, while others will not. Once the injury has been diagnosed properly, the recovery can begin.

Recovering After an Ankle Fracture

After the ankle fracture has been diagnosed, the recovery process will begin. If the injury requires surgery, the road to recovery will be significantly longer. Regardless of whether or not someone needs surgery, physical therapy might be required. The goal of physical therapy is to not only restore strength and flexibility to the ankle but also to prevent this injury from happening in the future. With the right diagnosis and treatment plan, most individuals who suffer an ankle fracture will make a full recovery.

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I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton Personal Injury Lawyer. The Weber classification helps doctors categorize the severity of certain ankle injuries. Individuals who have been diagnosed with an injury of the ankle due to the negligence of another person or entity should call me at (800) 404-5400 and/or (209) 227-1931 to receive free, friendly legal guidance & advice.

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