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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

Dr. William Singer
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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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Can you make a full recovery from trimalleolar ankle fracture with dislocation?

Can you make a full recovery from trimalleolar ankle fracture with dislocation?

Recovery: A full recovery is possible, but that ankle will no longer be the same. There will always be some stiffness, ache and swelling. Over time you have a high chance of developing arthritis. ...Read more

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Is it possible to fully recovery from trimalleolar ankle fracture / dislocation?

Is it possible to fully recovery from trimalleolar ankle fracture / dislocation?

Yes: Many people are able to resume all their activities after fully healed and have gone through physical therapy. You may develope some arthritis down the road. ...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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I had trimalleolar ankle fracture and am now walking in an aircast, but the pain is quite bad. Do I need pt? My dr. Said I did not, but I think I do.

I had trimalleolar ankle fracture and am now walking in an aircast, but the pain is quite bad. Do I need pt? My dr. Said I did not, but I think I do.

At this time-- no: You need to confer with your doctor for specifics, but at this time if you are still in an aircast that indicates that the bones are not fully healed. After removal of the cast is the time to start pt. ...Read more

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What do they do during trimalleolar ankle fracture surgery?

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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I had a trimalleolar ankle fracture and am 6 weeks post operation. Will I be able to walk normally after some time or will I limp?

I had a trimalleolar ankle fracture and am 6 weeks post operation. Will I be able to walk normally after some time or will I limp?

A little hard work: With surgical repair of a trimalleilar fracture you should be able to walk without a limp within 3-4 months. Full recover is reached faster with physical therapy. The faster you can regain full range of motion and rebuild strength the faster you'll get there. Good luck with your rehab. ...Read more

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What indicators on the x-ray signify that an ankle is ready to be weight-bearing after an ORIF for a trimalleolar ankle fracture? (no gaps, etc)

What indicators on the x-ray signify that an ankle is ready to be weight-bearing after an ORIF for a trimalleolar ankle fracture? (no gaps, etc)

Signs for healing: On xray the fracture site will appear healed in 3 different views... meaning new bone growth is seen overlying the fracture site... and yes no gaps present! ...Read more

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Trimalleolar ankle fracture, just got cast off after six weeks, have no walking cast or boot. Dr said see him in three weeks, when can I start pt?

Soon: I would get the okay from your ortho to be sure, but I would normally start pt as soon as the cast came off and the fracture proved itself stable. The earlier you are able to start, the better. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons for getting the hardware removed from a trimalleolar fracture with dislocation surgery?

What are the pros and cons for getting the hardware removed from a trimalleolar fracture with dislocation surgery?

Need Orthopedist: Trimalleolar fracture is fx of medial and lateral bone sticking out at both side of ankle and piece of calcaneus (heel) bone. Once the bones completely heal, one can elect to leave the hardware in for years, or remove it. If one has an experienced orthopedist that set the fractures, or hardware causing pain, remove it. Can get second opinion, but that ortho will likely refer back to do it. ...Read more

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How long (roughly) does the pain last after orif ankle surgery (trimalleolar fracture)? A few weeks?

How long (roughly) does the pain last after orif ankle surgery (trimalleolar fracture)? A few weeks?

Weeks: The initial pain should improve within a few weeks but soreness and swelling may be present for several months. Keep pressure off of your foot/ankle and elevate when possible. Ice is usually helpful. ...Read more

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I have a trimalleolar fracture and it has been fixed with ORIF. I'm having pain inside my cast at the ankle. At 4wks post op my cast is quite loose. N?

I have a trimalleolar fracture and it has been fixed with ORIF. I'm having pain inside my cast at the ankle. At 4wks post op my cast is quite loose. N?

See your doctor: While pain isn't unusual even that far out from surgery, see your orthopedist. He or she may want to do X rays to make sure the injury is healing correctly. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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4 month S/P ORIF Trimalleolar fracture of ankle. I have moderate swelling and sharp pain in location of 2 screws. Do the screw need to be removed?

Painful hardware: Any time there is foreign material, including well intentioned screws used to repair fractures, and the hardware is symptomatic, that hardware should be considered for removal. Metals serve no purpose once bones have healed. This is assuming that bony healing has actually occurred, which is not always the case. See your orthopedic surgeon for his recommendations. ...Read more

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What therapy is involved with recovery of a trimalleolar fracture with dislocation surgery? Am I going to be able to ride my horse again?

What therapy is involved with recovery of a trimalleolar fracture with dislocation surgery? Am I going to be able to ride my horse again?

Ankle and horses: It would be presumptuous and rash of me to tell you that absolutely you will ride again. However I strongly suspect you will. Physical therapy will involve regaining range of motion in your ankle and foot and also strengthening of that entire leg. You may actually find initially that riding will be easier than walking. Please let the fracture heal first though. Good luck ...Read more

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Had trimalleolar fracture to left leg with surgery, knee is bothering me. Related?

Had trimalleolar fracture to left leg with surgery, knee is bothering me. Related?

Most likely not: Unless you have problem in knee before or during the injury which the fracture. ...Read more

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Can morton's neuroma (absence of tight fitting shoes history) develop as result of a trimaleolar ankle fracture? What criteria relates it to injury

Can morton's neuroma (absence of tight fitting shoes history) develop as result of a trimaleolar ankle fracture? What criteria relates it to injury

Morton's neuroma: Unlikely, but a trimalleolar fracture can cause a change in one's gait and since a neuroma is an inflammatory problem of the nerve due to irriation (could be b/c of shoes, or an altered gait pattern) there may be a link, again it's very unlikely. ...Read more

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Would surgery be required for a mildly displaced trimalleolar fracture? And what is the typical recovery time to walk and then return to sport use?

Surgery likely: Most trimalleolar fractures are unstable, meaning they involve significant ligament injury & the bones will not heal in the correct position without surgery. Make sure you are following up with an ortho surgeon skilled in the management of these fractures. Total recovery time 6-12 months. If I can be of help, then join my care team and virtual practice at www. Healthtap. Com/dr-ClarkeHolmes ...Read more

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What is maisonneuve fracture and what is the recovery time? Is it any different than any other ankle fracture?

What is maisonneuve fracture and what is the recovery time? Is it any different than any other ankle fracture?

High fibular fx.: A maisonneuve fracture occurs when the foot everts and the leg rotates. The ligaments between the tibia and fibular tear and a break occurs in the fibula in the upper 1/3 of the bone. It is often missed because of being out of view (above) of most ankle x-rays. It is often surgically repaired by placing a long screw between the bones for stability. 4-8 weeks of nonweightbearing is common post-op. ...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 can I do to quicken the recovery for an ankle fracture?

Nothing: Nothing can speed bone healing. The best thing is to prevent re-injury by following the advise of your treating orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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How to treat ankle stiffness after ankle fracture? It has been 7 weeks after fracture and doctor has now advised full weight bearing.

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How to treat ankle stiffness after ankle fracture? It has been 7 weeks after fracture and doctor has now advised full weight bearing.

Ankle stiffness: Did you ask your doctor about the stiffness? If not, give him or her a call about it and bring up any other concerns you may have. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a trimalleolar fracture without surgery to heal?

6-8 weeks: Bone in a healthy person normally takes 6-8 weeks to heel. Having said that, trimalleolar fractures have the potential of being very debilitating. Along with the broken bones, you probably damaged the soft tissue between the 2 leg bones called the syndesmosis. Soft tissue can take up to 3 months to heel. Given the possible instability of this injury, surgery is sometimes the best option. ...Read more

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Doctor, Recovering from a trimalleolar fracture (Surgery- Aug 9) 2 weeks into PT. What you would expect a good ROM now? 2 months? 6 months?

Doctor, Recovering from a trimalleolar fracture (Surgery- Aug 9) 2 weeks into PT. What you would expect a good ROM now? 2 months? 6 months?

A gradual increase-: -@ each milestone U mentioned. U most likely will not have normal ROM, but with hard work & this means @ home also with an HEP. B sure U get 1 from Ur PT. This also depends on the severity of the Fx, as well as the stability of the fixation & alignment. ...Read more

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I suffered a trimalleolar fracture in April I had hardware put in, screws broke and the doctor says it will be fine but I have a lot of pain and swell?

Second Opinion.: The surgery was 5 months ago. A lot of pain and swelling means that something could be amiss. At this point in time some swelling is acceptable and consistent with appropriate healing, but pain should not be to an exaggerated level. It could be the time for a second opinion. ...Read more

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How long will a trimalleolar fracture take to heal?

Many months: Even after the fracture is healed and you are able to walk, your skin, tendons, muscles and ligaments continue the healing process for up to a year. It is not unusual for your ankle to stay swollen for a number of months after the surgery. The bones themselves should be healed within 6-8 weeks, on average. ...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. Thomas Deberardino
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Dislocation (Definition)

Basically a joint dislocation is when the joint whatever it is either a knee, ac joint ankle etc doesn't line up and shifts out of place and there is a deformity of that joint. Often times dislocations need to be reduced or put back into alignment by special techniques. ...Read more