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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
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Broken Ankle (Overview)

Ankle fracture describe a break or fracture of any of the bones of the ankle. This can be caused by falls, trauma, or twisting of the ankle. Patients with ankle fractures experience pain and swelling of the foot, and have difficulty bearing any weight on the affected leg.


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How long willa broken ankle take to heal?

How long willa broken ankle take to heal?

Normally: Bone takes 6-8 weeks to heal. If you had surgery it make take longer depending on what was done, then will need physical theray. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
243 doctors shared insights

Broken Ankle (Overview)

Ankle fracture describe a break or fracture of any of the bones of the ankle. This can be caused by falls, trauma, or twisting of the ankle. Patients with ankle fractures experience pain and swelling of the foot, and have difficulty bearing any weight on the affected leg.


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How long does a broken ankle take to heal?

How long does a broken ankle take to heal?

Bone typically: Heals in about 6-8 weeks. Keep in mind there are factors that delay healing and most fractures need to be stable to heal. ...Read more

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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch to improve range of motion, strength, endurance
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Avoid repeat injury or irritating soft tissues before they are ready
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Follow up with your doctor as scheduled. Don't miss appointments.
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What are symptoms of broken ankle bones compared to just a bad sprain?

What are symptoms of broken ankle bones compared to just a bad sprain?

Both hearts: The symptoms of both pain and deformity discolored skin, but when you examine the person with broken bones he will have tenderness were the bone broken were is no ligament, of course the x-ray will help. Good luck. ...Read more

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Treating Swollen Feet or Ankles (Checklist)

Move your body. Avoid sitting or standing for long periods
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Don't wear tight garments
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Lose weight if needed
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Avoid standard diuretics as they won't solve the problem
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Telltale signs of a broken ankle?

Pain with deformity: Most ankle fractures occur from a twisting injury. If you had an injury, and have difficulty standing or walking because of pain, have an evaluation. To include an x-ray. If your ankle or foot appear deformed or unusually swollen, x-ray. ...Read more

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I did a search for diagnosis of some of my symptoms and came up with broken ankle. What do doctors look for to diagnose it?

I did a search for diagnosis of some of my symptoms and came up with broken ankle. What do doctors look for to diagnose it?

X-ray : An x-ray is the gold standard to diagnose an ankle fracture. A thorough physical exam should always accompany an x-ray. Occasionally, a ct scan or an MRI is needed to diagnose or further define a hidden or complex fracture. ...Read more

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Treating a Sprained Ankle (Checklist)

Rest immediately after the injury
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Use ice to decrease swelling and pain
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Use compression such as a soft brace or bandage
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Keep injury elevated
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A friend's child was just diagnosed with broken ankle, is that a serious condition?

A friend's child was just diagnosed with broken ankle, is that a serious condition?

Varies a lot: Kids with growing bones can have lots of variation in the significance of the "fracture lable. The ankle ligaments are a bit stronger than some of the growing bone, so a kid may pull off a chip where a mature adult would get a sprain. They can get a fx thru a growth plate that could create problems, but as a whole, they tend to heal quickly under proper supervision with good outcome. ...Read more

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