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A 41-year-old female asked:

12 weeks of stable ankle fabula fracture bone completely heal som swelling and stiffness when to start normal walk how long does stiffness finish?

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Dr. Brian Chimenti
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Ankle fracture: Stiffness, soreness, & swelling can persist for several months after the bone has healed. Start with a low impact exercise & stretching program & increase activities as tolerated.
Dr. Wenjay Sung
Podiatry 14 years experience
Several months: After healing of your ankle fracture, it can take several months and up to a year of recovery for your ankle to "return to normal". During this time, continue eating right and physical therapy (if applicable). Hope that helps.

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