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A 26-year-old member asked:

how long will it take an ankle fracture to heal?

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Dr. Joel McClurg
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
6 weeks: Ankle fractures usually heal over 6-8 weeks. However, while the bone may heal in a short time the swelling, pain and stiffness may persist long after the bone is healed. This is because an ankle fracture is not just a bone injury it is also a soft tissue injury which always takes longer to heal than the bone.
Dr. Oliver Wang
Podiatry 10 years experience
About 2-3 months: Ankle fractures require bone healing which can take 8 weeks to heal. Depending on what type of ankle fracture ie. Trimalleolar fractures, it may take an extra 4 weeks to heal especially of the posterior fracture is not secured with a screw. This timeline does not include any physical therapy which may be necessary to strengthen and stretch the joint and muscles and tendons surrounding the ankle.
Dr. Matthew Wilkin
Podiatry 24 years experience
6- 8 weeks: Usually it takes 6 - 8 weeks to heal. However, it may take longer to heal if there are complications, large amount of damage or dislocation, medical conditions of the patient, compliance of the patient.
Dr. Mark Galland
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Depends: Healing time varies from person to person. Fractures typically take 4-6 weeks to heal, though this could be much longer if surgery was required.
Dr. John Callahan
Podiatry 24 years experience
Variable: There are several variables that go into answering your question such as the type of fracture and whether or not it was surgically corrected if a graft was placed etc. But in general your looking at 6-8 weeks.

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