A 48-year-old member asked:
Do ankle bones that heal, heal back stronger?
3 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Bromsonanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
No: Studies show that a healed fracture has the same strength as the surrounding bone. It is neither stronger and weaker; the one caveat is that there are times during the healing process where it may be weaker and stronger, but once the healing process finishes, it is equal in strength.
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Dr. April Chinanswered
Specializes in Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
No: There is no evidence that a broken bone heal to be stronger than it was before. Due to the process by which bones heal, there may be a brief period in the healing process when the fracture site is stronger than the surrounding bone. However, they later reach equal strength, and the fracture site is no more or less likely to break again.
6.4k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Dr. G Jason Huntanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 18 years experience
No: Once the bones are healed they resume the same strength as the surrounding never fractured bones.
6.3k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated Jan 5, 2019
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