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A 21-year-old male asked:

I'm a heavy smoker with an ankle fracture. it's been 6 weeks now with cast and doc advised another 2 weeks, it's undisplaced so when can i walk fully?

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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Varies: Broken bones definitely heal more slowly in smokers, thought to be secondary to the vasoconstrictive properties of nicotine. It also depends in part in the more specific nature of the fracture. A non displaced fibular fracture can be treated with immediate weight bearing, but a non displaced, interarticular tibial fracture needs to be healed before you walk on it.
Dr. Jason Rudolph
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
When healed: It should be healed on X-ray, but also non tender before you should begin walking

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Last updated Oct 14, 2014

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