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A 44-year-old male asked:

Are there many cases of a non displaced lateral malleolus fracture treated conservatively in cast and non weight bearing, then aircast partial weight bearing, having to result in orif ?

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Dr. Glenn Aufseeser
Podiatry 10 years experience
Possible: It is entirely possible to initially treat a fractured ankle with immobilization and then have to perform surgery due to non healing.
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Dr. Sourendra Raut
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 19 years experience
Occasionally: A lateral malleolus fracture treated this way is frequently considered stable but may border the line between stability and instability. In these instances such a fracture might displace sufficiently to warrant operative fixation of the bone.
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Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
39 years experience
Fx ankle: If stable and not displaced a cast and non weight bearing should be enough to avoid orif.
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Last updated Jul 5, 2015

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