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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.See 1 more doctor answer
0-6 weeks: Some ankle fractures can be walked on immediately.See 1 more doctor answer
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?
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
Had ankle surgery after fracture. 7 weeks later I need 2 crutches to walk due to 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?
Bone fracture: 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!
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?
12 weeks of stable ankle fabula fracture bone completely heal som swelling and stiffness when to start normal walk how long does stiffness finish?
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 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.
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.
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.
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: 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.See 1 more doctor answer
How long before I can walk on a fractured femur I have full mobility of the leg with no pain its 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 the question of whether you have osteoporosis or feel pain when walking.
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
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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