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How Long After You Fracture Your Ankle Should You Start Walking On It Again
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
6-12 weeks or more: Generally, bones heal in about 6-8 weeks. Depending on the severity of your ankle fracture (did it involve the fibula and the tibia or just the fibula?), and depending on the need for surgery, you may have a fair amount of swelling in the ankle, which could preclude wearing heals for much longer than 6-8 weeks. Swelling can take up to a year to improve, and may never fully resolve. ...Read more
0-6 weeks: Some ankle fractures can be walked on immediately. ...Read more
Was walking on a severe sprained ankle for 6 weeks. Had MRI which shows a fracture. Will the fact I was walking on it for so long complicate things?
Not enough info: You need to provide more specifics about what bone was fractured and how severe was the fracture. Generally, you likely did not permanent harm. ...Read more
I was diagnosed 4 weeks ago with an avulsion fracture in my ankle, & have been put in plaster. How long will it take to heal & when to walk on it?
Simple fracture: Should take about 6-8 weeks to heal enough to do moderate activity ...Read more
Had ankle surgery after fracture. 7 weeks later I need 2 crutches to walk due too much pain in my heel. What gives? How long? What can I do? I am 64.
I had an ankle fibula fracture, 13 weeks ago, which is nowstable. Whenever I try to walk, the ankle swells and stiffens. How long will it take to heal completely and by when can iwalk easily?
Hello, I had bone fracture on my right ankle what kind of shoes do I have to wear? How long it takes to walk with any shoes?
Sorry you had the fracture but I am very concerned that no one in your medicine area has told you how to walk.
You MUST see a foot specialist without too much delay! ...Read more
Hi I broke my ankle 3 weeks ago. Dg is trimaellor fracture I have friedrich ataxia too... How long it will take for me to start walking?
Trimalleolar : Depends mostly on the stability the fracture after surgical fixation. Usually on average six weeks is needed before full weight-bearing is allowed. This can vary however. Talk to your surgeon. ...Read more
12 weeks of stable ankle fabula fracture bone completely heal som swelling and stiffness when to start normal walk how long does stiffness finish?
Ankle fracture: Stiffness, soreness, & swelling can persist for several months after the bone has healed. Start with a low impact exercise & stretching program & increase activities as tolerated. ...Read more
Low tib fracture, ankle dislocation, 6 weeks in plaster cast. How long after ankle is manipulated should it be set and alright to try to walk again?
Dependson severity: If severe, usually 2-3 months after initial treatment (surgery usually recommended), but if mild, 6-8 weeks after initial treatment depending on if everything goes well post-operatively. Healing is unpredictable, but general guidelines do allow us to use imaging and clinical findings to help make the best decision for your WB status. Good luck. ...Read more
I have an ankle fracture, the X-ray says "avulsion fracture". I'm a young athlete. How long to be able to walk on it?
6 to 8: Weeks is average.Get a more detailed answer ›
Sprained ankle 6 months ago still hurts swells when I walk or stand too long. No fracture, no torn ligaments. Feel a pulling pain from ankle up my leg?
Sprained ankle: See a podiatrist for a second opinion. ...Read more
I broke my ankle playing soccer, eversion motion, x-ray shows mildly displaced spiral fracture at lateral malleolus. Had cast for 8 weeks. Dr said I can start walking even though x-ray still show the break, should I do? How long should take to heal?
When in doubt: Normally a "displaced" fracture of the distal fibula is surgically repaired. This is because the end of the fibula is needed for ankle joint stability. Your doctor may have felt the fracture did not require surgery, which is very possible. If there is some uncertainty on your part a second opinion is always available. ...Read more
How long will it take two leg fractures to heal? My 10 year old daughter fell out of her treehouse and suffered two fractures to her right leg. How long will it take for her to heal? Will these affect her ability to walk?
I am sorry to hear about your daughter's injury. Unfortunately, it is difficult to answer your question without knowing more about the injury. How severe were the fractures? Was it near or involving a joint? Was there any deformity of the leg? Did the bone puncture the skin? Does your daughter have any other medical conditions that might affect her healing? All of these will affect the healing rate of your daughter's leg.
In general, I would estimate that the bones would start to "knit" in about 4-6 weeks and full strength may not be achieved for 3-6 months, but I would defer to your treating orthopedic surgeon who can give you more details about your daughter's specific injuries. ...Read more
ASK YOU RDOCTOR: Different injuries require different periods of immobilization and nonweight bearing. Generally, after 6-8 weeks of protection for a leg fracture you can begin weightbearing ina walking boot. It will take several weeks to regain normal gait patterns. You must ask your doctor. ...Read more
How long before I can walk on a fractured femur i have full mobility of the leg with no pain it's been four weeks since a rod was put in?
Fracture healing: It depends! Was your fracture a simple or complex type and how was it fixed? Simple fractures fixed with a rod construct can bear weight immediately and it helps them to heal. We encourage weight bearing in these cases. Complex fractures fixed with plates and screws may need much longer before walking. There is also whether you have osteoporosis or feel pain when walking. ...Read more
I have metatarsal fracture in my foot and I was wondering how long till I can put weight on when I walk? It's hurting bad when I walk
Varies: It varies in part on the exact location of the fracture. That being said, most metatarsal fractures are well healed by 8-12 weeks. ...Read more
I fractured my 2nd metatarsal and had cast off 3 days ago. My foot seems very swollen and I can feel a lump where the break was, should I worry? How long can it be like this, very painful when walking
I happen to have healed from a nondisplaced lateral malleolus fracture. I was in a fracture boot and off of my foot for two weeks, then the next four weeks I was able to walk but for no longer than 20 minutes. I followed the rules and six weeks in total l
Ankle issues ??: So far so good. So what, I ask, is your question or concern? ...Read more
3 1/2 weeks ago broke 4th metatarsal nondisplaced. In walking boot. Yesterday walked a lot & today top of foot is sore. Could I have displaced the fractured bone by wearing the walking boot too long?
Unlikely based on: Time already passed since diagnosis and you were wearing the walking boot. It justs sounds like you are appropriately sore due to the time on it. If it does not improve with some elevation and rest overnight see your physician is symptoms are bothersome but unlikely anything else needs to be done. ...Read more
Varies: It varies based upon a more detailed description about the nature of your injury. I would not hesitate to follow up with your doctor to discuss. ...Read more
Ask your doctor: Some fibula fractures are stable and are unaffected by weight bearing. Others are at risk for displacement if walked on. ...Read more
Apart from X-ray what r obvious signs of fractured ankle/foot it's swollen can walk but painful to swells more wen I do?
Can you do further damage by walking, dancing and putting weight on a sprained and fractured foot/ankle? It's been 2 months and is not healing.
Yes, you can.: If the area is not allowed to heal, you can cause further damage or delay healing. ...Read more
Sprained my ankle 11 days ago. X-ray showed no breaks or fractures. I still can't walk on it & significant pain. Is this normal? Need for concern?
Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...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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