A 34-year-old male asked:
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bimalleolar fracture of ankle 11 days ago. no surgery needed. ankle is in a fiberglass cast. ankle hasn't hurt since being in the cast. should it be?

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Dr. Blake Miller
12 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Why no surgery?: Bimalleolar fractures do require surgery. There are only very few occasions when they are non-surgical (medically unstable, skin doesn't allow, Charcot ankle, etc.). You may want a second opinion to see if this truly is non-operative.
Answered on Sep 4, 2014
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Dr. Blake Miller
12 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
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At you're age, I'd have a low threshold to operate even if in good alignment with a static x-ray. You don't know how much displacement occurs in between x-rays.
Sep 4, 2014
Dr. Jason Rudolph
27 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Normal: It is normal to have some pain, however, you should still get a follow up X-ray within a week of the injury to make sure the fracture has not shifted
Answered on Oct 14, 2014

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