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Is There Anyway To Brace A Broken Ankle So I Can Still Dance
Wait until healed: Rarely should one dance with a fractured ankle until cleared by his/her physician. Most ankle fractures heal in 4-12 weeks, and I then prescribe physical therapy for several weeks before a patient can return to dancing, power walking, jogging or sports. Prior to that return, I do usually prescribe a brace (lace-up/velcro or semi-rigid) to prevent the ankle from rolling in/out and re-injury. ...Read more
Yes: It may take one year for swelling to completely resolve. It could be sooner, but rarely as early as 5 weeks. ...Read more
Probably: The cast is to stabilize and position the ankle in a proper position for healing. It also keeps you from re-injuring it. It does not eliminate the pain. Your pain should be managed by your treating physician - either with narcotic analgesics or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaid's). ...Read more
I'm freaking out over general anaesthesia if they operate me for a broken ankle, will I still be able to feel it?
No: You will be completely asleep for the procedure. ...Read more
I have removed my broken ankle plaster and I have started to walk with crutches and my ankle is paining. Is it still broken?
I had surgery for a screw to be put in to help heal my broken ankle and then had it removed, but I still have pain sometimes. Any suggestions?
Follow-up: Continued pain after a broken ankle is common, often another procedure is necessary. See your surgeon for new x-rays and an exam. ...Read more
How long does it take a broken ankle to heal? It's been almost two months and I'm still in tremendous pain.
Varies: It depends on how serious of a fracture you sustained, how it was treated, and how compliant you were with your doctor's orders. Did you have surgery to repair the break or were you placed in a cast? Did you stay off the foot? Severe pain after 2 months is not common, but it may depend on specifics. I recommend you follow up with your specialist who can better assess the healing process. ...Read more
3 years go=broken ankle & screwes sprained my akle playing tennis in auguet and it's still swollen. Had me in a cast. Is this normal?
Possibly: I think you're saying you had screws placed for a broken ankle 3 years ago, and now you've sprained your ankle last august and it's still swollen. I actually warn my patients that after bad ankle injuries (in your case, 2 of them), the swelling may actually never go away, but as long as your ankle is functional and painless and strong, I would not worry about some persistent swelling. ...Read more
PT after bones heal: Make sure your broken bones are healed. Then, start pt rehab asap. ...Read more
After 6 weeks w a cast on my right ankle, my leg is set free. Injury: broken ankle. It still hurts. Y?
I had surgery 5 weeks ago for a broken ankle. At night I urinate every 1.5 hours. I was treated for a UTI but this is still continuing. What to do?
Urinary frequency: Talk to you primary care doctor or see a urologist. ...Read more
I am 1 year post op for removing a screw that was put in for a broken ankle, and I still have pain when I walk for a long time. Can therapy help?
Possibly: If the initial ankle injury involved the joint surface, pain can persist for a long time. Anytime a joint is involved in injury it is possible for post traumatic arthritis to set in. If no joint involvement then stability and functional issues can create pain, both of which are improved with physical therapy. Bracing and orthotics can provide functional stability and pain reduction also. ...Read more
Painful ankle: The outcome of a broken ankle depends on the severity of the fracture and displacement of the ankle joint. A simple nondisplaced fracture may heal without any treatment but many other fractures required immobilization or surgery to prevent further pain, deformity, and arthritis. ...Read more
Needs med eval.: If you think it might be broken then she needs medical evaluation to include history, physical examination and appropriate radiographic studies. Use rice too - rest the ankle, ice it intermittently, compress & elevate. ...Read more
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
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
Broken ankle: It usually is set right away unless you have moderate to severe swelling or fracture blisters. ...Read more
Yes: Without seeing the x-rays, there are many different scenarios, but you may have a "non-union" where the bones have just not healed. Depending on the type of injury, etc, you may be a candidate for a surgical intervention. ...Read more
Ligaments vs Bone: A twisted, or sprained ankle is an injury to one or more of the ligaments that connect the bones of the lower leg and foot. A broken ankle is a fracture of one or more of the bones of the lower leg. One can usually recover from a sprain within a few weeks, while a fracture usually takes about 8-12 weeks to heal. ...Read more
County hospital: Seek out your country hospital for clinic near you that can help provide resources for your recovery. ...Read more
Broken ankle: The answer depends on the type of fracture. If it is not surgically reduced, immobilization is critically important. There are certain types of minor fractures that do not require casting, but for the most part, it is an important part of the approach to maximizing the healing. ...Read more
Yes: If the fracture is not complete and not displaced you may be able to stand. ...Read more
Many possible signs: Twisting ones’ ankle can lead to a sprained ankle. Often times, this may result in ligament or tendon injuries which may lead to ankle bruising, swelling, pain, and possibly instability. An x-ray of the foot and ankle will be able to assist in differentiating a sprain form a fracture. ...Read more
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