A 25-year-old male asked:
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fractured lateral malleolus type b, had operation needed plate and 6 screws. 21 healthy. feels good 0 pain good movement. heal time? when out of cast?

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Dr. Padraic Obma
18 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
6 weeks bone healing: It takes 6 weeks for the fibula bone to heal. You may be transitioned out of a cast into a protective walking boot much sooner than that. I will routinely allow my patients to begin partial weight bearing in a boot at 3-4 weeks and begin full weight bearing by 6 weeks after surgery. Physical therapy can be initiated during this time period. It can take 6 months for your ankle to feel normal.
Answered on Apr 28, 2018

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