What is a Pilon Fracture?

Pilon fractures involve a type of break that happens at the bottom of the tibia (shinbone). With Pilon Fractures, the other lower leg bone, the fibula, frequently also breaks. A pilon fracture typically happens as the result of a large impact, such as a car crash or fall from a height. Severe injuries such as Pilon fractures can permanently affect the ankle joint.