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When will a broken ankle typically heal?

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Dr. Joel McClurg
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
6-8 weeks: While the bone usually heals in 6-8 weeks patients often continue to have symptoms beyond that time. This is due to the soft tissue injury that also occurred at the time of the fracture.
Dr. Eric Bluman
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Weeks to months: A broken ankle can take a variable amount of time to heal. There are a number if things that factor into how long it will take. One of the most important is what type of ankle fracture you have.

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What happens when you leave a broken ankle untreated? Will it heal by itself?

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Dr. Gregory Harvey
Orthopedic Surgery 38 years experience
Painful ankle: The outcome of a broken ankle depends on the severity of the fracture and displacement of the ankle joint. A simple nondisplaced fracture may heal without any treatment but many other fractures required immobilization or surgery to prevent further pain, deformity, and arthritis.

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