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Is is possible to have bone crumbling long term after a broken ankle? Mine was broken in 3 places.

Is is possible to have bone crumbling long term after a broken ankle? Mine was broken in 3 places.

Depends on a number: Of reasons, which your ortho surgeon should be able to explain, after an examination and some xrays.
If its making noises it might be an early post traumatic arthritis, which produces pain, swelling, popping sounds. I am unsure what you mean by crumbling bones?
See your surgeon.
Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Bernstein
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Broken Ankle (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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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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How long would swelling last for a broken ankle?

How long would swelling last for a broken ankle?

Many variables: To minimize, ice it as much as you can and elevate.... ...Read more

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How long should a healed broken ankle be swollen?

Depends: If you still have pain with the swelling, may not be healed. If you are becoming much more active since it healed could be that. Be sure it not an infection (red lines, open sore, hot). Rarely, swelling can be a blood clot. Elevate your toe above your nose to decrease the swelling. If in doubt, get another xray. ...Read more

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How long will it take before I can walk after a broken ankle?

How long will it take before I can walk after a broken ankle?

Depends: It depends on the type of fracture, the location of the fracture and any additional soft tissue injuries that occurred. You want to be certain that the injury is completely and stable before putting weight on it. ...Read more

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Normally, how long would the swelling last with a broken ankle?

Swelling: I tell my patients that after surgery to repair their ankle, swelling can persist for a year. Doing things like elevating the extremity, using cold packs and compression wraps can help get rid of the swelling faster. ...Read more

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I have a non displaced broken ankle, how long will to remain swollen?

Depends: Are you being treated with a cast or other immobilzation devices? Have you seen a dr? If not see a podiatrist or orthopedist. ...Read more

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How long roughly is the typical recovery time for a broken ankle for an elderly person?

Bone quality matters: Most fractures heal in 6-8 weeks depending upon several important factors:
1. Status of surrpounding soft tissue
2. Quality of underlying fractured bone
3. Quality of reduction and stability of fixation (hardware if surgery performed). ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to get back to normal after surgery for broken ankle?

3-6 months: You should be able to start limited weight bearing exercises in about 8 weeks, but it is always best to ask your surgeon. ...Read more

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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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How long does it take a broken ankle to heal?

How long does it take a broken ankle to heal?

Distal fib fracture: Varies depending on age, health, smoking status, nutrition, displacement, etc. Average person the answer is about 6 wks, but then additional maturation of the fracture occurs with soft tissue healing and muscle strengthening. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to surf after a broken ankle?

How long should I wait to surf after a broken ankle?

Talk to your doc.: You really need to be cleared by the doctor who fixed your ankle before surfing or starting any other activity. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for a broken ankle to heal?

How long does it usually take for a broken ankle to heal?

Varies: In an average healthy person, the fracture will likely heal within 6-8 weeks. However, the sports functionality of the ankle may not return to normal for nearly 6-12 months. This depends on the severity of the initial injury and the subsequent rehab of the ankle. Your orthopedist will guide you through your recovery process. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a broken ankle to heal?

How long is it supposed to it take for a broken ankle to heal?

6 to 12 weeks: Bone healing takes 6 to 12 weeks no matter what location. ...Read more

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How long does it take a broken ankle to heal? It's been almost two months and I'm still in tremendous pain.

Varies: It depends on how serious of a fracture you sustained, how it was treated, and how compliant you were with your doctor's orders. Did you have surgery to repair the break or were you placed in a cast? Did you stay off the foot? Severe pain after 2 months is not common, but it may depend on specifics. I recommend you follow up with your specialist who can better assess the healing process. ...Read more

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How long can it take to get back to full fitness from a broken ankle?

How long can it take to get back to full fitness from a broken ankle?

3-6 months: If your relatively healthy and have a straightforward fracture, then it will usually take 3 months for most of the bone to heal. However, you will likely have some mine swelling that can persist for months and it will take 6 months to a year to get back to full strength. ...Read more

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How long would it take to pass a saliva test if I was taking vicodene for a broken ankle?

How long would it take to pass a saliva test if I was taking vicodene for a broken ankle?

Does not matter: If you were taking a prescription medication for treatment of an ankle fracture you just need to tell the person doing the test. They will record that and it should not be a problem for pre- employment screening or the like. They might ask you for evidence of the prescription. Always better to mention upfront as the detection range will vary depending on the actual test used. ...Read more

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How long does is take vicodene to get out of system to pass a saliva test. I have a broken ankle. I know I can tell them but just curious anyways?

A little over 24 hr: About 85% of an oral dose is out of you system in 24 hrs I'm not sure about the saliva test but one day should be sufficient. ...Read more

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I just got my cast off from a broken ankle, how long will it take to walk without pain?

I just got my cast off from a broken ankle, how long will it take to walk without pain?

Speak to your doctor: Several weeks, but if pain is bad you need to discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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If I was to get a cast for my broken ankle, how long must I wear it before taking them off?

If I was to get a cast for my broken ankle, how long must I wear it before taking them off?

Depends: It depends on the severity of the fracture, what bones are involved and if you had surgery or not. ...Read more

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How long does one normally wear a cast after broken ankle surgery?

Depends: The length of nonweightbearing and immobilization will depend on the severity and instability of the break. A simple break and repair may not need a cast at all, relying on a boot immobilizer instead. Complex unstable fracture repairs may need 4-8 weeks of casting, also followed by a boot for another month or so. Your surgeon should discuss surgical recovery with you before the case. ...Read more

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Broken ankle of medial malleolus + broken fibula will be out of commission for how long?

Broken ankle of medial malleolus + broken fibula will be out of commission for how long?

Fracture: A broken bone usually requires 6-8 weeks to heal on average. If surgery is required then I would count on the full 8 weeks. ...Read more

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How long would it take until I can start playing rugby again after a broken ankle and torn ligaments?

D/w orthopod: This really depends on the injury. I would discuss with your orthopedic surgeon. An on-line physician has no way to know the extent of injury or the level of healing that has taken place. ...Read more

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I am 1 year post op for removing a screw that was put in for a broken ankle, and I still have pain when I walk for a long time. Can therapy help?

Possibly: If the initial ankle injury involved the joint surface, pain can persist for a long time. Anytime a joint is involved in injury it is possible for post traumatic arthritis to set in. If no joint involvement then stability and functional issues can create pain, both of which are improved with physical therapy. Bracing and orthotics can provide functional stability and pain reduction also. ...Read more

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When will a broken ankle typically heal?

6-8 weeks: While the bone usually heals in 6-8 weeks patients often continue to have symptoms beyond that time. This is due to the soft tissue injury that also occurred at the time of the fracture. ...Read more