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What does it meant to have an avulsion fracture of the ankle?

What does it meant to have an avulsion fracture of the 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

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Fracture (Definition)

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


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I have an avulsion fracture in my ankle and have damaged ligaments. How can I get this treated?

I have an avulsion fracture in my ankle and have damaged ligaments. How can I get this treated?

See an orthopedist: You need to be evaluated by an orthopedist. You may need surgery to repair or remove the avulsed segment of bone but at the least you will probably need immobilization of the ankle for several days to weeks with subsequent physical therapy. ...Read more

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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?

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

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What is the most common treatment for an avulsion fracture of the ankle?

What is the most common treatment for an avulsion fracture of the ankle?

Immobilization: Usually immobilization by cast or cam walker will do it but if a large piece of bone is pulled off them surgery may be indicated. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Depends: If the fracturevv had ligament attached it could cause a rupture or if fragment moved it could cause tendon pain and possible joint pain. Suggest MRI to check. I take it no surgery was done? ...Read more

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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.

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

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What does an ununited avulsion fracture in the right ankle mean?

What does an ununited avulsion fracture in the right ankle mean?

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

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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)

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

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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?

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

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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

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How long does it normally take for an avulsion ankle fracture to heal?

How long does it normally take for an avulsion ankle fracture to heal?

Depends: If the avulsuion only involves the very tip of the lateral ankle then it is really treated like a severe ankle sprain. Either way, getting involved in a good ankle rehabilittion program will help and you should be able to get back to sports in about 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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

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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 in the middle top of my foot. My foot and ankle are also sprained. Does this require a cast?

Cast: Not necessarily. See your podiatrist — he/she will give you the best advise based on the physical evaluation and x rays / MRI. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

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


Avulsions (Definition)

An avulsion is the result of a spraining type of injury where either a ligamentous or tendinous attachment pulls off a piece of the bone at its insertion site. Some avulsions will heal with rest and immobilization, ...Read more