A member 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 ?

5 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. Glenn Aufseeser answered

Specializes in Podiatry

It is entirely possible to initially treat a fractured ankle with immobilization and then have to perform surgery due to non healing.

Answered Aug 31, 2013


Dr. Sourendra Raut answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery

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.

Answered Jul 5, 2015


Dr. Jeffrey Bowman answered

Specializes in

If stable and not displaced a cast and non weight bearing should be enough to avoid orif.

Answered May 15, 2013



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