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A 38-year-old member asked:

Can i safely walk on my broken ankle?

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Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
Podiatry 23 years experience
Depends: This depends on the type of broken ankle you have and whether you can bear weight. You will need to ask specifically to your doctor treating your injury what your limitations will be.
Dr. Todd Schafer
Podiatry 33 years experience
No.: Unless you're immobilized with either a walking cast or walking boot, it is damaging to walk on a broken foot. I would suggest doing that minimally until some sort of immobilization is in place.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Should it be okay to walk on my broken ankle?

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Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
Podiatry 23 years experience
Have you seen the Dr: If you have a broken ankle, i hope that that was already evaluated by a foot/ankle specialist. Depending on the type of break (fracture) and how long the condition has been treated, will dictate if it is safe to walk. Fractures typically take 6-8 weeks to heal. Without knowing what kind of break you have, you need to have the doctor that diagnosed your condition re-evaluate it and advise.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Can you walk on a broken ankle?

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Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Podiatry 38 years experience
Broken Ankle: No you shouldn't walk on it if you want it to heal the correct way and not prolong the healing.
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A 55-year-old female asked:

Can i walk on tiptoe with a broken ankle?

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Dr. Steven Sheskier
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 39 years experience
If hurts=NO: Pain is a sign that there is a problem. A "broken" ankle initially requires casting or bracing with altered weight bearing (crutches). As the fracture become more stable due to healing you can place more weight on it . Toe touch walking in the first step in progress weight bearing as tolerated.
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Just because you can walk on tiptoe it does not mean it is not broken have a doctor evaluate it.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

Would it be possible to walk on a broken ankle?

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Dr. Robert Hadfield
Podiatry 13 years experience
Yes: There are many types of fractures where a person is still able to bear weight. There are even some more major ones where I've seen people able to walk for weeks and didn't realize it was broken. However, about 97% of people with severely broken ankles are able to bear little or no weight. If you feel you may have a broken ankle I recommend you see a specialist and get an x-ray.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Is it a bad idea to walk on a broken ankle?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
If unprotected: It may be okay depending on the x-rays but even if stable i would want it protected like in a cam walker boot, or something to keep stability. Always follow the guidelines set by your doctor who made the diagnosis.

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