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Avulsion Fracture Ankle
Severe sprain: Most, not all avulsion fractures around the ankle are treated in a manner very similar to a severe ankle sprain. The ligaments that hold the bones of the ankle together can tear in the middle of the ligament, or they can pull off a small piece of bone where the ligament typically attaches to that bone. That is the most common cause of and avulsion fracture. ...Read more
A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more
I was diagnosed 4 weeks ago with an avulsion fracture in my ankle, & have been put in plaster. How long will it take to heal & when to walk on it?
Simple fracture: Should take about 6-8 weeks to heal enough to do moderate activity ...Read more
I've had an avulsion fracture in my ankle for 9 days and the pain was getting better but when I started physio it is now getting worse, is this normal?
Fracture pain: It is quite common for pt to cause the pain to increase initially. If this gets progressively worse than I would be concerned. ...Read more
Had an avulsion fracture of the ankle 15 weeks ago and it really hurts again when I walk... My dr said it just takes time, I think something is wron?
Today I fell on my fracture ankle (avulsion fracture). It twisted a bit onwards. Now it hurts like it used to 5 days ago. What could happen?
See your doctor:
You probably re-injured the fraction site.
Deserves and x-ray. ...Read more
Really put weight on an ankle avulsion fracture? Been told could put weight on as tolerated but when I try I hurt for long time after. Been 3 weeks.
Too soon: If you have pain on weight bearing, you need to be non-weight bearing at this time. In the absence of other complications, bone takes about 6 weeks to fully heal. Discuss with your doctor who will evaluate your condtion and progrees. ...Read more
See below: It means that you tore off a piece of bone from the main bone and it has never healed back to the bone. ...Read more
Today I fell on my fractured ankle (avulsion fracture). It twisted a bit to the front. Now it hurts like it used to 5 days ago. What could happens?
X-rays: Needed to see if you additional damage. ...Read more
Should i still be getting a sharp stabbing pain in the area of an ankle avulsion fracture from 15 weeks ago? The pain is daily now, but wasn't before.
I have an avulsion fracture in my right ankle and it's been 1 week now;how long should I wait before starting activity again? (I am a high lvl gymnast)
Hard to say: This depends on where in your ankle/foot the avulsion was and how severe, like any alignment issues. Your best bet is to review this issue with the doctor who made your diagnosis: hopefully an orthopedic physician. ...Read more
I underwent surgery for an ankle avulsion fracture three weeks ago and my wound is healing slowly. I do not have diabetes or smoke. WhY?
Take longer: It take 4-6 weeks for a wound to heal. If you are concern check with your surgeon specially if you did have any hard ware like plater and writes and screws to make sure you are rejecting any ...Read more
8 weeks after ankle avulsion fracture i still have weight baring pain. No surgery. No cast. Just walking boot. Mri shows fluid but nothing else. Normal?
Avulsion fracture: Of what? 5th met base? Any bone where a soft tissue structure attaches to it can have an avulsion fracture. Bone should heal in 6-8 weeks, if not you have to reconsider your treatment plan. Consider bone stinulator... Consider checking your vitamin d levels.... X-rays need to be examined. If conservative treatment fails, surgery should be contemplated. ...Read more
I have an avulsion ankle fracture and I was put in an air cast and on crutches. How long should I be on the crutches? Is the air cast the right brace?
Avulsion fracture: Without the xrays for review, it is difficult/impossible to say how long your healing will take. Seek the advice of your podiatrist — they are there for help. Best of luck! ...Read more
Why are syndesmotic ankle injuries associated with an avulsion fracture of fibula Misdiagnosed by many doctors?
The avulsion frag...:
The avulsion frag may B very small, & oblique x-rays often needed 2 C them. The injury is quite traumatic & should B suspected after just the exam. If the syndesmosis is minimal, tress films need 2 B done.
By many docs R they ortho or ER docs. Most orthopedic surgeons don't miss them. If only the anterior inferior tib/fib is torn, the spred is minimal unless it is stressed. . ...Read more
I have an ankle fracture, the X-ray says "avulsion fracture". I'm a young athlete. How long to be able to walk on it?
6 to 8: Weeks is average.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have an avulsion fracture in the middle top of my foot. My foot and ankle are also sprained. Does this require a cast?
I have an avulsion fracture of my fibula from rolling my ankle. I am a nurse on my feet all day. Should I be working? I have a boot I am wearing.
5th metatarsal avulsion fracture at base 2 weeks ago. Sharp pains in ankle& back of calf. Burning sensation at times on top of foot. Is this normal?
Avulsion: Pain is to be expected and diminishing as healing occurs. The pain in the calf could be a clot — see your podiatrist right away. ...Read more
Avulsion fracture: See image for example. Signs: swelling, tenderness, pain with weightbearing, possible lump if avulsed segment is out of alignment. ...Read more
3 weeks ago have a non displaced avulsion fracture on the tuberoisty of 5th Metatarsal. Been off the foot. When can I start gently using it? Please!
Dancer's Fracture.: This sounds like a fracture know as a dancers fracture. With a walking cast boot and guarded ambulation, count on about 6 weeks for the bone to be strong enough to bear weight without the boot. It could take as much as 8 to 12 weeks tor total recovery and thus back to normal activity. ...Read more
Avulsion fracture to the talus, is this normally operated upon? Await MRI this Friday re tendon damage. Tortion then falling to ground foot held.
Dependsthe severity: For talus fractures surgery is indicated if the fracture position is unstable or is affecting the subtalar joint. The result of the mri is important to evaluate the tendons around the fracture, if there is damage that can not be seen on plain X-ray and determine an AVN. The talus is one of a kind bone because it lacks of direct vascularity, so a precise diagnosis will avoid complications ...Read more
My foot has been put in a cast bc of an avulsion fracture. How long will it take to heal? I go to get and X-ray in two weeks.
I just had surgery to fix my tibial avulsion fracture. I can't do PT for 5 weeks (12 weeks total since break). How do I minimize the atrophy in my leg?
This is difficult: There aren't either many exercises you can do to avoid atrophy after surgery especially if you are limited in your activities (ie weight bearing vs non-weight bearing). The type of cast or splint you are in and type of surgery may also limit the activities you can do. If it is ok to do quad sets or straight leg raises with the splint or cast on, this can help prevent atrophy of the quadriceps. ...Read more
I have an avulsion fracture of my 5th metatarsal bone in my foot. What will I experience during my treatment?
Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more