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Doctor insights on: Broken Ankle Recovery Timeline

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Screws in ankle years after a broken ankle taken out recovery time?

Screws in ankle years after a broken ankle taken out recovery time?

Screw removal time: Usually removal of older fixation screws in the ankle is a simple procedure and recovery is fairly easy as long as your bones are healthy. After the screws are removed, it is prudent to use a CAM walker for about 2 weeks to allow the bones to recover any strength lost from the openings that remain. Pain after removal is usually minimal from the skin incisions. ...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 roughly is the typical recovery time for a broken ankle for an elderly person?

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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How much recovery time do you need after a broken ankle cast?

How much recovery time do you need after a broken ankle cast?

Will vary: A simple rule of thumb: for everyday you are immobilized (crutches, splint, cast, cast boot, etc), it will take you two days to recover fom the immobilization. If you are immobilized for 6 weeks, it will take an addition 12 weeks to feel like you have recovered. This is not hard and fast, but is a simple guide. There are may factors tht play into your recovery. Dr zl. ...Read more

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What to do if I need resources and aid in my recovery from a broken ankle?

What to do if I need resources and aid in my recovery from a broken ankle?

County hospital: Seek out your country hospital for clinic near you that can help provide resources for your recovery. ...Read more

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Can drinking a glass of milk at least three times a day and eating yorgot and collard greens speed up the recovery of a broken ankle?

Can drinking a glass of milk at least three times a day and eating yorgot and collard greens speed up the recovery of a broken ankle?

They may help..: Certainly these are healthy choices of foods and good food choices/habits often correlate with better health. Good health will help heal injury faster/better. Thus, your habits likely r contributing positively on your recovery. I would not just do this for your ankle but con't all the time for your health in general. Eat well, sleep well, and exercise regularly. U can't buy good health. Good luck. ...Read more

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If I drink milk and eat yougourt and eat collard green speed up the recovery of a broken ankle and not way to eat I need it to heal in 6 to 8 weeks so month and two weeks I hope.?

If I drink milk and eat yougourt and eat collard green speed up the recovery of a broken ankle and not way to eat I need it to heal in 6 to 8 weeks so month and two weeks I hope.?

I don't believe: The healing in the bone will be substantially increased based on your diet.
It is important that you are not deficient in say vitamin d and calcium but, once those levels are normal ... I don't feel "more is better". Bone takes 6-8 weeks. Things like smoking, steroids, even anti-inflammatories have all been reported to delay bone healing. ...Read more

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How much time nonweightbearing with a broken ankle?

Per your dr: Need to ask them. (they have seen your xrays). ...Read more

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I have a broken ankle 3 weeks ago I have a cast on but every time I put my foot down start to get purple?

I have a broken ankle 3 weeks ago I have a cast on but every time I put my foot down start to get purple?

Cast on foot: This is not normal. Perhaps the cast is too tight. You should report this to your doctor and get checked for cast being too tight. ...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?

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 as well. ...Read more

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Can I drive with a broken ankle?

Can I drive with a broken ankle?

Not if it: Is on your driving foot you can't. ...Read more

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How can you treat a broken ankle?

How can you treat a broken ankle?

Depends on type: Some ankle fractures require surgery and some can be treated by immobilization. Factors that guide the treatment opinion of your doctor include: location, type of fracture (some are more stable and others very unstable), injury force, whether the fracture is open or closed, personal medical history and health, and many more. Talk to your doctor to understand the plan. ...Read more

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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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Broken ankle painful 2 years later?

Cartilage injury: Fractures of the ankle can result in post-traumatic arthritis either imediately or come on years later. Scar tissue and/or cartilage damage is the most common cause. See an orthopedic surgeon for eevaluation which may include plain x-rays, ct scan or mri. ...Read more

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What are the tests for broken ankle?

Diagnositic test: The first line of diagnostic test is an x-ray. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms of a broken ankle!?

Broken ankle : With any ankle injury you will develop swelling a pain. With a fracture you could see a black and blue around your heel. Severe pain. And in a severe case of a fracture ankle, it can be deformed I recommended you see your doctor and get the ankle evaluated and xrayed to see the extent of your injury. ...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

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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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Describe the features of a broken ankle.?

Describe the features of a broken ankle.?

Agree: Bad sprains and fracture can be very similar in presentation. Get it looked at! ...Read more

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How to lessen a limp after a broken ankle?

How to lessen a limp after a broken ankle?

Physical therapy: Therapy to help strengthen the muscles and range of motion exercises will help to decrease the limp. ...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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Does a broken ankle need to be elevated 24/7?

No: But the more you elevate it the less swelling you will have and therefor promote better healing. ...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 can I get a broken ankle to heal quickly?

Patience.: Have patience. Not sure if you had surgery for it or not, but if the bones are aligned the way they need to be, then you should heal in about 6 weeks. ...Read more

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How long would it take to heal a broken ankle?

Depends: It depends on how severe the fracture which bones and how it is treated. ...Read more

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What's the significance of having broken ankle?

What's the significance of having broken ankle?

Avoid future problem: Ankle fracture which are well aligned can be treated with cast immobilization for 6-8 weeks.
Ankle fracture where there is instability or incongruity in the
joint may require internal fixation followed by a cast to get the best results and avoid future problem with arthritis. ...Read more