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What are the symptoms of an ankle fracture?

What are the symptoms of an ankle fracture?

Unable to walk: Swelling and bruising also are signs. Some stress fractures or chip fractures can take weight but displaced fractures are too painful and unstable to walk on. ...Read more

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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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How hard is the recovery for ankle fracture surgery?

How hard is the recovery for ankle fracture surgery?

Moderate: Depending on the fracture shape, usually screws, maybe a plate are used to reduce and stabilize the fracture. Most are placed in a cast or minimally an orthoboot, on crutches for 4-8 weeks. If torn ligaments are involved it may add a couple of weeks. It is dependant on the type of fracture you have. ...Read more

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What do they do during trimalleolar ankle fracture surgery?

ORIF: Open reduction internal fixation which means making incisions, putting the bones back in the proper position and holding the bones in the proper position with metal plates and screws. ...Read more

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Trimalleolar ankle fracture surgery. What is the chance of painfree recovery?

Trimalleolar ankle fracture surgery.  What is the chance of painfree recovery?

Good: This depends on a lot of factors including how large the posterior fragment is and if it was reduced, how the syndesmosis is fixated, and if there is any other additional injuries other than the bone like an osteochondral fracture. ...Read more

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Ankle fracture surgery. How much range of motion would you lose after surgery?

Ankle fracture surgery.  How much range of motion would you lose after surgery?

Individual: Degree of function following ankle surgery is highly dependent upon the fracture, the surgery and the patient. Your surgeon should probably give you this info before doing any surgery. ...Read more

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How would prepare for surgery for an ankle fracture?

How would   prepare for surgery for an ankle fracture?

Depends: If you smoke, it is best to stop because nicotine inhibits bone healing. Eat a balanced diet high in calcium and vitamin c. Prepare to be on crutches for about 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

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What are the drawbacks of not having surgery to repair a small ankle fracture? When is surgery necessary?

What are the drawbacks of not having surgery to repair a small ankle fracture? When is surgery necessary?

If ORS recc...: If your orthopedic surgeon recommends 'fixing ' your ankle than follow his advice .Some common ankle fx.S do not require surgery... Casting / crutches will suffice.However, if u are young and your fracture pattern has a propensity to' slip' or the ankle mortise is already showing signs of "widening" orif( surgery)is the only option.'drawbacks' include a 'misaligned' joint and sec. Arthritis. ...Read more

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I am getting surgery for an ankle fracture. Are there any specific foods or supplements I should take to enhance healing?

I am getting surgery for an ankle fracture. Are there any specific foods or supplements I should take to enhance healing?

Timing: You fractured your ankle and you are scheduled for surgery....Soon. If you are otherwise healthy and have a well rounded died, I have not found that the body places great demands for an orif of an ankle fracture. You did not divulge your age or sex...If you happen to be female post menopausal or post hysterectomy, calcium and vit d may be indicated. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover after a displaced ankle fracture without having surgery?

How long does it take to recover after a displaced ankle fracture without having surgery?

Surgery: Generally most ankle fractures classified as displaced requires some form of surgery. The reason is that displacement can cause angular problems with the ankle joint itself. ...Read more

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I have an ankle fracture, it requires surgery so they can put in a plate. How long will this surgery take?

About 90 minutes: It actually depends on whether one or both bones are broken, or if it is more complicated fracture, which might take longer. As long as a good job is done, length of time it takes to do it, doesn't matter. I am sure you'll agree. ...Read more

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I have ligament damage due to an untreated ankle fracture the bones have healed, will the ligaments heal or do I need surgery?

I have ligament damage due to an untreated ankle fracture the bones have healed, will the ligaments heal or do I need surgery?

Maybe: But you need to have this checked out to see what damage has actually occurred and what can be done to heal ankle.Orthotics and supportive shoes are also important. Refrain from weightbearing activity. ...Read more

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Ankle fracture and torn ligament. Need surgery. Is it true that I can never play basketball again?

Ankle fracture and torn ligament. Need surgery. Is it true that I can never play basketball again?

See below: This will depend on the type of surgery and rehabilitation. Your physician will be able to answer that question. ...Read more

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How long does it take for an orthopedic to perform surgery on a tibia fibula fracture and ankle fracture?

How long does it take for an orthopedic to perform surgery on a tibia fibula fracture and ankle fracture?

Fracture: Each fracture has its own personality: sometimes 30, 60 minutes or longer, especially if multiple pieces, displaced, intraarticular. ...Read more

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Incurred an ankle fracture (bone chips) & torn ligaments 25 yrs ago. Daily pain with any weight bearing activity. How might surgery help?

Incurred an ankle fracture (bone chips) & torn ligaments 25 yrs ago. Daily pain with any weight bearing activity. How might surgery help?

Maybe: It depends on what your physical exam and xrays show. There are several procedures that may be considered aNd you could consider evaluation with your pmd and or orthopedic surgeon to discuss ...Read more

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I have a displaced ankle fracture. Should the doctor have performed a closed reduction on my foot before putting it into a splint? Surgery recommended

I have a displaced ankle fracture. Should the doctor have performed a closed reduction on my foot before putting it into a splint? Surgery recommended

Displaced fracture: If the ankle fracture is displaced, you will likely require surgical correction of the ankle fracture. It is difficult to give you the appropriate advice without seeing your x-rays, but displaced ankle fractures usually need surgical correction ...Read more

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I hav a bimalleolar ankle fracture on just twisting my ankle is it accidental or pathological? which test could b done to investigate?

I hav a bimalleolar ankle fracture on just twisting my ankle is it accidental or pathological? which test could b done to investigate?

Depends: Most bimalleolar ankle fractures due occur as a result of a twisting mechanism. It is precerts rare that they are pathological. The X-rays go a long way in determining if it was a break through normal or abnormal bone. If there is any question, then a biopsy while you are having surgery can be the definitive answer. ...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


Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Ankle Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is just another way to say that a bone has been broken. The ankle is made up of the distal Tibia and fibula. Ankle fracture can range from minor injuries to quite severe to the point ...Read more