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What are the symptoms of an ankle fracture?

What are the symptoms of an ankle fracture?

Unable to walk: Swelling and bruising also are signs. Some stress fractures or chip fractures can take weight but displaced fractures are too painful and unstable to walk on. ...Read more

Dr. Howard Schneider
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Fracture (Definition)

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


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Is trimallor ankle fracture physical therapy effective?

Is trimallor ankle fracture physical therapy effective?

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

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What types of exercise/physical therapy can someone with a type b lateral malleolus (ankle/fibula) fracture do to stay fit?

What types of exercise/physical therapy can someone with a type b lateral malleolus (ankle/fibula) fracture do to stay fit?

Several.: Swimming. Aqua-aerobics. Weight training. Etc. When fractures heal, wearing an ankle brace and using a schwinn-airdyne would be best! Other sporting activities can be aqdapted, but check with your orthopedist! ...Read more

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What are effective non-weight bearing ankle fracture physical therapies?

What are effective non-weight bearing ankle fracture physical therapies?

Fracture: If you have an ankle fracture I would not do any physical therapy exercises until the cast or boot is removed and fracture healing is observed on x-ray. ...Read more

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My 7 year old son broke his lower leg (tibia / fibia fracture) skiing 4 mo's ago and has recovered. But he has yet to gain his full mobility. Should he do physical therapy? He's a pretty active boy

My 7 year old son broke his lower leg (tibia / fibia fracture) skiing 4 mo's ago and has recovered. But he has yet to gain his full mobility. Should he do physical therapy? He's a pretty active boy

Yes, it helps: 7 yr old will recover fast, heal fast, can gain strength and movements on his own, . Physical therapy, will make recovery fast, will recognize weak group of muscles, any nerve entrapment will recognize & corrects it and prevent complications, speak to his ortho. Surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the best therapy for a ankle fracture? How soon can I start jogging?

What is the best therapy for a ankle fracture? How soon can I start jogging?

Depends on Fx.: "ankle fracture" is very broad ; can very from a chip 2 a very severe multi fragmented type. Only the orthopedist u c can decide what's best after exam ; imaging. There is no universal answer 2 this? ...Read more

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If I had one minor ankle fracture (medial mallous) and had two screws put in what is progression to walking? (No damage to tissue or tendons)

If I had one minor ankle fracture (medial mallous) and had two screws put in what is progression to walking? (No damage to tissue or tendons)

Relatively quick: physical therapy usually is started right away and time to healing is weeks to months. Be sure to eat healthy including adequate calcium, vitD and protein and get adequate rest. ...Read more

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It has been 2 weeks since I had my ankle fracture and my doctor said I need to put screws to fix my medial malleolus. Is it too late now to put them?

It has been 2 weeks since I had my ankle fracture and my doctor said I need to put screws to fix my medial malleolus. Is it too late now to put them?

Can be repaired: You need to have your ankle re-evaluated and talk with your doctor about your options. You can have surgery if necessary following x-rays and mri. ...Read more

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Best treatment for 90y/o woman w/ displaced ankle fracture w/ history of wound healing/infection issues/high BP/irregular heartbeat/elevated kidney?

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

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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

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

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What are physical therapy exercises for a fractured fibula?

What are physical therapy exercises for a fractured fibula?

Motion and strength: A fibula fracture usually requires. Bit of immobilization which can cause stiffness nd muscle trophy. Physical therapy will help maximize functional recovery by first negating stiffness and obtaining full motion. Next, atrophy from disuse is reversed with a strengthening program. Finally, balance, endurance nd gait retraining are employed return your extremity as close o normal as possible. ...Read more

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What physical therapy exercises should I be doing at 4 weeks after a coccyx fracture?

What physical therapy exercises should I be doing at 4 weeks after a coccyx fracture?

Coccyx: Alone exercises may be quite painful. One thing use a doughnut cushion when sitting. Secondly a nerve block will definitely help with pain. A topical cream could also be used. These can be quite painful. ...Read more

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Lower distal pole fracture of R Patella repair with wire. Afterwards not told anything about physical therapy. What should be done and how often?

Lower distal pole fracture of R Patella repair with wire. Afterwards not told anything about physical therapy. What should be done and how often?

Knee: After normal healing time should be shown specific physical therapy for the thigh and calf muscles and maximize flex ion and extention of the knee ...Read more

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I had foot surgery on my left foot to fix my flat foot and the doctor said that they fused my bone and put a screw. When can I walk? Physical therapy?

This discussion: Should ONLY take place with your surgeon. From your description it is unclear if you had a subtalar stent placed in or if you had a flatfoot reconstruction. If a subtalar stent was put in then the "screw" isn't really a screw its an implant and it did not get placed into any bone, rather was placed ina a canal between the ones. ...Read more

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I had screw fixation surgery for my maisonette fracture 25 days after I broke my ankle. Will the surgery delay my rehab time and my cast removal?

I had screw fixation surgery for my maisonette fracture 25 days after I broke my ankle. Will the surgery delay my rehab time and my cast removal?

Most likely: Assuming that you are talking about a maisonnieuve fracture. .. The fixation screw is kept in place for 6-8 weeks during which time weight bearing is restricted. The screw is often removed prior to allowing full weight bearing but there is some variation among doctor's treatment regimen. ...Read more

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Will I need physical therapy for three posterior rib fractures?

Not typically: In general, therapy in a patient with healing fractures of the ribs can be painful and not particularly helpful; other than in the initial mobilization to get a person out of bed. Once the fractures are healed, most patients do well and so therapy not terribly useful at that time either. Deep breathing and even using an incentive spirometer to avoid an associated pneumonia can be helpful. ...Read more

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What are the drawbacks of not having surgery to repair a small ankle fracture? When is surgery necessary?

What are the drawbacks of not having surgery to repair a small ankle fracture? When is surgery necessary?

If ORS recc...: If your orthopedic surgeon recommends 'fixing ' your ankle than follow his advice. Some common ankle fx. S do not require surgery... Casting / crutches will suffice. However, if u are young and your fracture pattern has a propensity to' slip' or the ankle mortise is already showing signs of "widening" orif (surgery)is the only option.'drawbacks' include a 'misaligned' joint and sec. Arthritis. ...Read more

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Physical therapy of multiple rib fracture?

Physical therapy of multiple rib fracture?

My protocol: For my patients who have rib fracture surgery, I use immediate shoulder range of motion exercises and core stretching. Breathing exercises and incentive spirometer use is also key. ...Read more

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Will I need physical therapy for a hairline fracture?

Will I need physical therapy for a hairline fracture?

Probably Not: In the setting of fracture care physical therapy is generally used to increase range of motion, strengthen muscles, and accelerate return to activities. Most patients have some sort of immobilization during fracture healing and after the fracture is healed need some transition to full pre-fracture activity. However, many patients can do exercises at home and do not need formal physical therapy. ...Read more

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Physical therapy after pelvic fracture?

Physical therapy after pelvic fracture?

Usually: Depends on the type of pelvic fracture and treatment required. At the least, therapy for gait training is usually recommended. Sometimes more involved therapy for range of motion, balance, and strengthening is recommended. ...Read more

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Physical therapy after pelvic fracture--improvements/complications with having/not having it?

Physical therapy after pelvic fracture--improvements/complications with having/not having it?

Not for the fracture: Physical therapy after pelvic fracture will help with walking, transferring, and activities of daily living (adls) however it will not help with the healing of the fracture itself. Make sure you get up and walk around everyday to prevent clots in the legs and lungs. ...Read more

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What types of physical therapy do I need for a knee fracture?

Not yet: Physical therapy should be initiated after healing of the fracture. Therapy would be directed at increasing the strength and flexibility that would be lost by immobilization during the healing process. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

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


Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Ankle Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is just another way to say that a bone has been broken. The ankle is made up of the distal Tibia and fibula. Ankle fracture can range from minor injuries to quite severe to the point ...Read more