Top 20 Doctor insights on: How long does swelling last after broken ankle

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How long would swelling last for a broken ankle?

How long would swelling last for a broken ankle?

Many variables: To minimize, ice it as much as you can and elevate.... ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Normally, how long would the swelling last with a broken ankle?

Swelling: I tell my patients that after surgery to repair their ankle, swelling can persist for a year. Doing things like elevating the extremity, using cold packs and compression wraps can help get rid of the swelling faster. ...Read more

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Will swelling make my broken ankle worse?

Will swelling make my broken ankle worse?

No, but: It may slow the healing process. Swelling may cause congestion of blood flow. If blood flow is hindered healing will not be optimized.

For help with this: www. Orthodoc. Aaos. Org/footankle. ...Read more

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How do I know when will the swelling of a broken ankle go down?

Possibly a year: Depending on the severity of the break, type of treatment, medical history (diabetes, vascular disease, smoker), and any complications from the broken ankle, it can usually take up to a year for swelling to completely go away. Generally the swelling starts to dissipate after the first week or so if treated properly. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is it normal to still have swelling in a broken ankle after 5 weeks?

Is it normal to still have swelling in a broken ankle after 5 weeks?

Yes: It may take one year for swelling to completely resolve. It could be sooner, but rarely as early as 5 weeks. ...Read more

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Why does elevating an injury (like a broken ankle) help? Does it only reduce swelling or something more?

Why does elevating an injury (like a broken ankle) help? Does it only reduce swelling or something more?

Reduce swelling: Elevating an injury is a way to reduce swelling. Elevation should be used in conjuction with ice, and compression whenever possible. Ideally the injured limb should be raised above heart level. Decreasing swelling will in turn decrease pain, stiffness. Decreasing pain and stiffness will allow for an easier transition to physical therapy when the time comes. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How to reduce swelling/ tightness of a previously broken ankle?

How to reduce swelling/ tightness of a previously broken ankle?

Difficult to achieve: Previous sprains and fractures of the ankle cause prolong swelling. Compression stockings may be beneficial. ...Read more

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What are best shoes to wear after a broken ankle, for both safety and to minimize swelling? Any tips appreciated!

What are best shoes to wear after a broken ankle, for both safety and to minimize swelling? Any tips appreciated!

Comfort, Stability: Great question. ..Often pt will wear flip flops or other shoes that fit with end of day swelling. You want to get a shoe that protects and stabilizes your foot, like a running shoe. Consider with toy doc compression hose or bracine as well if needed at your stage of rehab. ...Read more

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Broke ankle years ago. Started having pain, numbness and swelling. Is this related to the broken ankle or something new. Do not remember twisting it?

Broke ankle years ago. Started having pain, numbness and swelling. Is this related to the broken ankle or something new. Do not remember twisting it?

Possible new fractur: If you are an avid runner or exercise with a lot of impact activities, you may have a new stress fracture. This may or may not be related to your prior fracture, training errors, biomechanics of your legs, etc. See your physician to start with x-rays. ...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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How long should a healed broken ankle be swollen?

Depends: If you still have pain with the swelling, may not be healed. If you are becoming much more active since it healed could be that. Be sure it not an infection (red lines, open sore, hot). Rarely, swelling can be a blood clot. Elevate your toe above your nose to decrease the swelling. If in doubt, get another xray. ...Read more

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How long will it take before I can walk after a broken ankle?

How long will it take before I can walk after a broken ankle?

Depends: It depends on the type of fracture, the location of the fracture and any additional soft tissue injuries that occurred. You want to be certain that the injury is completely and stable before putting weight on it. ...Read more

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I have a non displaced broken ankle, how long will to remain swollen?

Depends: Are you being treated with a cast or other immobilzation devices? Have you seen a dr? If not see a podiatrist or orthopedist. ...Read more

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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

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