Ankle Fracture Specialist In Singapore

Dr Wang Lushun

Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS (Singapore)

MRCS (Edin)

MMed (Ortho)

FRCS (Ortho) (Edin)

  • Regain your active lifestyle again by treating your ankle fracture
  • Fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon
  • Internationally recognised, more than 1500 surgeries performed

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What is An Ankle Fracture?

An ankle fracture refers to a break in one or more bones that make up the ankle joint. It’s commonly seen in athletes, elderly folks, and accident victims. Conditions like osteoporosis, diabetes, and obesity can also contribute to the likelihood of an ankle fracture. Without proper diagnosis and treatment, it may lead to adverse effects like:

  • Increased pain and discomfort
  • Poor healing and deformity
  • Loss of function and mobility
  • Higher risk of long-term complications

Symptoms Of An Ankle Fracture

If you've fractured your ankle, you’ll likely experience the following symptoms as your body responds to the injury:

Intense pain in the ankle

The pain is often immediate and can worsen with movement or pressure. It's caused by broken bone and surrounding tissue damage.

Swelling and bruising

Swelling and bruising can develop as blood leaks from damaged blood vessels.

Difficulty walking

It's tough to bear weight on the injured ankle as the broken bone can’t support your body weight, making walking difficult or impossible.

Deformity or misalignment

The ankle may appear deformed or out of place if the bones are severely displaced.

If you suspect that you have a fracture,
get medical help as soon as possible.

Proper treatment for an ankle fracture can help you get back to enjoying a more active and fulfilling lifestyle by repairing your ankle’s strength and function.

Am I A Candidate for
Ankle Fracture Surgery?

If you’ve had a severe ankle fracture, surgery may be necessary to ensure proper healing and restore mobility. Your orthopaedic specialist will assess your case based on several factors, such as:

Severity of the fracture: More severe or displaced fractures may require surgery to realign the bones and stabilize the ankle to promote proper healing and reduce the risk of long-term complications.
Stability of the ankle joint: If the fracture has resulted in an unstable joint, surgery may be necessary to restore stability and prevent future injuries. An unstable ankle joint can lead to chronic pain and an increased risk of re-injury.
Previous treatments and response: If non-surgical treatments like casts or braces haven't been effective, surgery might be the next step.

When Is The Best Time To Have Ankle Fracture Surgery?

The optimal time for ankle fracture surgery depends on several factors, such as the severity of the injury, the presence of swelling, and the patient's overall health. In some cases, it's best to perform surgery within a few days of the injury, once the swelling has subsided to allow for better visualization of the bones and a more accurate realignment. However, if the fracture is stable and non-displaced, your surgeon might opt for non-surgical treatments like immobilization with a cast or brace.

When can I return to sports after an ankle fracture?

The timeline for returning to sports after an ankle fracture in Singapore depends on the severity of the injury and the individual’s recovery progress. Generally, it takes at least 3 to 4 months before resuming sports activities, consult with your orthopaedic specialist before returning to ensure a safe recovery.

Are there any complications associated with ankle fracture surgery?

As with any surgery, ankle fracture surgery carries potential risks such as infection, blood clots, nerve damage, and anaesthesia complications. However, working with an experienced orthopaedic surgeon and following post-operative care instructions can minimize these risks.

Ankle Fracture Surgery Recovery Process

Recovery Period What to Expect:
Immediately after surgery
(Week 0-2):
  • Swelling and inflammation reduction
  • Wearing a cast or boot to immobilize the ankle
  • Pain management with medication
  • No weight-bearing on the injured ankle
First few weeks after surgery (Week 2-6):
  • Gradual transition to weight-bearing activities
  • Wearing a walking boot or brace
  • Physical therapy to regain range of motion, strength, and balance
  • Continued pain management as needed
First few months after surgery
(Week 6-12):
  • Progression to full weight-bearing activities
  • Transitioning from walking boot to supportive footwear
  • Continued physical therapy, focusing on strengthening and mobility
  • Return to low-impact activities, as advised by your orthopaedic specialist
Several months after surgery
(12 weeks onwards):
  • Full recovery of bone healing
  • Gradual return to sports and high-impact activities, with your orthopaedic specialist’s clearance
  • Continued strengthening and conditioning exercises to prevent future injuries
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Dr Wang Lushun

Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS (Singapore)

MRCS (Edin)

MMed (Ortho)

FRCS (Ortho) (Edin)

Internationally Recognised & Double Fellowship-Trained Surgeon With Over 18 Years of Experience

  • Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS),
    National University of Singapore
  • Member of The Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS),
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Master of Medicine in Orthopaedic Surgery (MMed),
    National University of Singapore
  • Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons in Orthopaedics and Traumatology (FRCS), Edinburgh, United Kingdom

As a Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and former Head of the Hip and Knee Division in Ng Teng Fong Hospital, he has won awards for superior patient outcomes (value driven), service quality and enhanced recovery programmes. His patients include current and former national athletes and sporting professionals.

Why Choose

Dr Wang Lushun?



Leadership on Orthopaedic Advisory Boards



Double Fellowships at Centres of Excellence



Senior Consultant with Over 18 Years of Experience

Can I Use Medisave For Ankle Fracture Surgery?

Yes, you can use funds from your Medisave to offset the cost of your ankle fracture procedure.
Reach out to us today to learn more about payment options.

Patient-Centred Orthopaedic Care

We are dedicated to your recovery and well-being. Every patient deserves the freedom that comes with active living. Whether you're an athlete sidelined by an injury or a weekend hobbyist desperate to return to your passion, our mission is to help you regain your mobility and independence.

Personalised Approach For Positive Outcomes

Our clinic prioritizes time dedicated to understanding each patient’s injuries and needs. Dr Wang strongly believes that personalised care & patient management will lead to better outcomes & positive experiences.

Minimally Invasive Techniques For Faster Recovery

Dr Wang’s extensive experience with minimally invasive procedures allows for less scarring, lower risk of complications and faster recovery compared to traditional surgical methods.

Aftercare Focused On Restoring Mobility & Well-Being

As an avid sportsperson, Dr Wang understands the time and patience required to regain mobility and return to active living. After your procedure is completed, Dr Wang will make sure your recovery is smooth and comfortable.


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We accept all patients, with or without insurance plans. Additionally, we are on the specialist panels of these Health Networks/Insurance Plans. Please contact us if you have any queries and we will be happy to assist you in checking with your insurance provider.

Our Clinic Locations

3 Mount Elizabeth, #13-14
Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
Singapore 228510
820 Thomson Road, Mount Alvernia Hospital, #05-51, Medical Centre D, Singapore 574623

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What causes an ankle fracture?

    Ankle fractures can result from various causes, such as twisting or rolling the ankle, tripping, falling, or receiving a direct impact on the ankle during sports or accidents. People with pre-existing conditions like osteoporosis, diabetes, or obesity are also at a higher risk of experiencing ankle fractures.

    How is an ankle fracture diagnosed?

    An orthopaedic specialist typically diagnoses an ankle fracture through a physical examination, followed by imaging tests like X-rays, CT scans, or MRI scans. These tests help determine the severity of the fracture, the number of affected bones, and the presence of any additional injuries.

    Can I walk on a fractured ankle?

    Walking on a fractured ankle is not recommended, as it can worsen the injury and cause further damage. You should avoid bearing weight on the injured ankle and seek medical attention to ensure proper treatment and healing.

    How can I prevent future ankle fractures?

    To prevent future ankle fractures, maintain a healthy lifestyle, participate in regular exercise to improve bone strength and flexibility, and wear supportive footwear. Additionally, take precautions during sports activities by warming up properly, using appropriate protective gear, and avoiding high-risk situations.

    What is the difference between an ankle sprain and an ankle fracture?

    An ankle sprain is an injury to the ligaments that connect the bones in the ankle joint, while an ankle fracture involves a break in one or more bones. Both can cause pain, swelling, and difficulty walking, but fractures generally require more intensive treatment and longer recovery times.