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Hairline Ankle Fracture Treatment
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
Depends what you do: If you are on your feet more, this could be more problematic. If you could work with a cam boot on, that may work. Stress fractures take about 6 weeks to heal. ...Read more
Diagnosed with a maisonneuve fracture and ankle fracture what is the treatment plan waiting for ortho appointment next week. Soft splint now can ice?
I hope your not: Walking on it....Ice, ice, ice and elevate..... ...Read more
Best treatment for 90y/o woman w/ displaced ankle fracture w/ history of wound healing/infection issues/high BP/irregular heartbeat/elevated kidney?
Complicated: Obviously many issues in this case. Such as - exactly which bone (s) are broken and how badly and was it an open fracture? Also - what was pt's walking status prior to this fracture? If this is an unstable ankle fracture that needs surgery, then the patient and family will have to talk about whether to take the risk of surgery, or decline, and thereby accept that pt may not be able to walk. ...Read more
Treatment options 90y/o F w/displaced ankle fracture? Walking poor w/walker prior to fall. History high BP/skin infection/irrreg heartbeat/high kidney
To fix or not to fix: In general, a displaced fracture in an ankle would benefit from having it repaired operatively--unless there are mitigating circumstances that would make that a poor choice. The treating physician is the best person able to assess the entire patient, the fracture, and any other factors to arrive at the best treatment plan. ...Read more
Yes: Anytime you have a severe injury such as tri-malleolar ankle fracture, physical therapy is a great modality to get you back to some what normal stage. Unfortunately you may not return to 100% of your old level of activities, but anything to help you get back close to that will help. ...Read more
I am having ankle fracture surgery tomorrow and they're putting a plate in. How long does this surgery take?
See below: Most times surgical open reduction and internal fixation. ...Read more
Nonunion: The nonunion can be excised and bone grafted to stop pain. ...Read more
Depends: On age, health status fitness level, method of twist, when you consider the # of sprains fractures are a small %. ...Read more
Consequences?: About the only thing necessary is for you to decide if you want to risk not seeking medical attention. Failure not to could and many times does have consequences that patients never counted on. Probably best to use good judgment and seek the medical attention. ...Read more
Manipulation/surgery: If the displaced ankle is relatively new and can be manipulated back in place, then this would be done with an outpatient surgery. If the displaced ankle is old or severly out of place than this would also require surgery, but with some sort of screw/or plate fixation. ...Read more
Pain, swelling: You need an xray to differentiate the two. ...Read more
Massaging the calf, applying compression stockings or even intermittent compression stockings can help maintain the circulation. Keeping the leg in same dependent position can lead to clot formation in vein.
Also we recommend taking a blood thinner sometime but that depends on patient to patient. Check with your orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on the type of fracture. Best to check with the dr. That is treating you. ...Read more
3 months +:
First you have to heal the fracture (s) (6-8 weeks) then regain your motion and strength, followed by balance.
Physical therapy will help and guide to when exactly you are able to return.
Remember:crawl before you walk, walk before you run, run before you cut and jump, then expose yourself to the uncertainties of a contact runnin/cutting sport. ...Read more
X-ray: The answer really depends on the facture. I neeed to see a x-ray to answer that. You will get various answers. I am very aggressive at letting people weight bear but if it is potentially unstable then it is wrong to weight bear. ...Read more
It depends.: There are many types of "ankle fractures". In general, most will require between 12-14 weeks before vigorous activity should be attempted. Then activity should begin slowly and to patient tolerance. ...Read more
Explain poor circulation and its causes and symptoms and is it likely to hinder union of an ankle fracture if so why?
Need blood 2 heal: Healing of any tissue requires blood supply, better the blood supply better & faster healing, bone especially. Things that effect blood supply, r smoking, which u have control over, diabetes and arterial sclerosis r other common causes of less blood supply. The lower extremities r more susceptible then upper. ...Read more
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
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