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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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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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I have some stiffness in the ankle when wearing gym shoes. Could it be a stress fracture?

I have some stiffness in the ankle when wearing gym shoes. Could it be a stress fracture?

Shoe gear: It could be the shoe gear . You are probably doing impact sports at your gym. Jumping , running or anything that causes you to land hard on your feet can cause pain in the feet and ankles.
Stiffness is probably from not stretching enough which is usually the case with most people who go to the gym. You should go see a physician for x-rays and a correct diagnosis ...Read more

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12 weeks of stable ankle fabula fracture bone completely heal som swelling and stiffness when to start normal walk how long does stiffness finish?

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

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My ankle has stiffness, swelling & pain as I was in cast for 100 days for tibia fracture, can I begin phsyiotherapy now or wait swelling to go away?

My ankle has stiffness, swelling & pain as I was in cast for 100 days for tibia fracture, can I begin phsyiotherapy now or wait swelling to go away?

Actually: You really should be consulting with the treating physician rather than obtaining your medical guidance from a free question- answer health education site. ...Read more

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How to treat ankle stiffness after ankle fracture? It has been 7 weeks after fracture and doctor has now advised full weight bearing.

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How to treat ankle stiffness after ankle fracture? It has been 7 weeks after fracture and doctor has now advised full weight bearing.

Ankle stiffness: Did you ask your doctor about the stiffness? If not, give him or her a call about it and bring up any other concerns you may have. ...Read more

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Had ankle fracture yr ago. Some stiffness, swelling. Most pain front of joint when bending knes over foot. Some popping and pain near inside archilles?

Had ankle fracture yr ago. Some stiffness, swelling. Most pain front of joint when bending knes over foot. Some popping and pain near inside archilles?

Get a recheck: Stiffness, pain, and swelling are common symptoms after an ankle fracture, even if it is healed. Depending on the severity of the fracture, arthritis can develop within the joint and also along the edges. The extra bone formation around the front or back can cause the pain you are experiencing with bending. Xrays and an evaluation by your foot specialist or orthopedist is recommended. ...Read more

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Athlete think w/sesamoiditis (clean xray 1 mo ago).pain getting much worse w/PT. noticing ankle stiffness and top of foot discomfort. stress fracture?

Athlete think w/sesamoiditis (clean xray 1 mo ago).pain getting much worse w/PT. noticing ankle stiffness and top of foot discomfort. stress fracture?

It's possible: Stress fractures in the midfoot are common after an injury to the toe region since patients compensate more during that recovery... which can weaken the midfoot bones. Definitely get checked out and an xray to confirm any fractures! ...Read more

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I had a compound fracture on my leg right above my ankle 4 months ago. I haven't been to physio yet and its still a bit stiff. Is it still fixable?

I had a compound fracture on my leg right above my ankle 4 months ago. I haven't been to physio yet and its still a bit stiff. Is it still fixable?

Maybe: Your prognosis is difficult to predict without seeing x-rays and examining the injury. Pt is always a good idea after a substantial injury . Sooner is better than later to avoid fibrosis and joint stiffness. ...Read more

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Four months before twist my left ankle stable fabula fracture. Still feel stifness when i try to walk nore more swelling whn stiff and swelng finish?

Four months before twist my left ankle stable fabula fracture. Still feel stifness when i try to walk nore more swelling whn stiff and swelng finish?

Up to a year: Generally, it can take up to a year for swelling to dissipate around an ankle injury due to the limited space and skin around the area. The ankle is limited in space and amount of "skin" to give so a little swelling will be more prominent than swelling in the knee or hip. ...Read more

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Extremely painful, swollen/puffy and stiff ankle. Ct scan showed fluid in and around ankle joint. No breaks or fractures. What could this indicate?

Extremely painful, swollen/puffy and stiff ankle. Ct scan showed fluid in and around ankle joint. No breaks or fractures. What could this indicate?

Could be a few: Things, from infection to a synovitis. As the other doctor said, if you have a fever or chills or just are feeling sick, go to the er in case it's an infection. If you've had a ct, you're probably under a doctor's care. Pulling out the fluid and sending it for a culture and analysis would give you the diagnosis. Ct visualizes bone better than an mri, but an MRI sees soft tissue better. Bone scan? ...Read more

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What type of shoes to wear for an calcaneus fracture? Why when I walk my left foot leans to the side? Is it stiff? Its stopping me from walking normal

What type of shoes to wear for an calcaneus fracture? Why when I walk my left foot leans to the side? Is it stiff? Its stopping me from walking normal

Not enough info: First off, you need to get a full evaluation from your physician regarding the fracture. Are you healed yet? Are you able to wear shoes? What was broken and how bad was it? Really need much more information in order to give you a reasonable answer. You should be asking your treating physician these questions. ...Read more

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After a tibia and fibula fracture on foot, and having surgery on it, will the foot have a full range of motion after surgery? currently foot is stiff.

After a tibia and fibula fracture on foot, and having surgery on it, will the foot have a full range of motion after surgery? currently foot is stiff.

Probally not: what happens is when you fracture bones like the Tibia and Fibula. These bones help form the ankle joint. If these bones move it is very difficult to put them back 100 percent in place also you will usually have ligament damage along with the fracture if the bones are displaced. If surgery is needed then it probally is displaced. The doctor can try to replace the bones but you will probally have A ...Read more

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Do metal plate and screws in ankle cause the bone to get crushed (or cause bigger injuries) if the same ankle gets re-fractured in the future?

Not really: Most often if an injury occurs to an area that has been fixed it usually isn't an issue unless the previous hardware was damaged. Get x-ray to find out. ...Read more

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What exercises can I do with a fractured ankle?

What exercises can I do with a fractured ankle?

See below: You can do all the exewrcises for the upper extremities and if it a walking cast you can use the stepper.Can do all sort of isometric exercises.Sitting down you can do quad estrengthening.Do you have a cast or a boot?Againg all depend of your fx type and ibstructions given by your physician. ...Read more

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What work outs can I do with a fractured ankle?

What work outs can I do with a fractured ankle?

Depending on...: The type of fracture, that is up to your doctor. If you were my patient, and the fracture was significant enough, you are not working out for a minimum of 4-6 weeks without surgery. If you have surgery, then a minimum of 6 weeks before physical therapy. Safely, swimming is the only workout exercise i would allow. ...Read more

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Please tell me how to recover from a fractured ankle fast ?

Please tell me how to recover from a fractured ankle fast ?

Compliant: You need to be compliant with the restrictions and activity level recommended by your doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if I fractured ankle- still hurts/ slipped on ice?

Physical therapy.: If your fracture is healed, then physical therapy may be indicated to restore motion, strength and function. ...Read more

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I got hit with a softball in the ankle, could it be fractured?

Fractured ankle: Can only be diagnosed with exam and x-rays so get that done and you will have your answer. ...Read more

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What to do if I have fractured ankle- still hurts/ slipped on ice?

Follow up : With your doctor. See how the fracture is doing... ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are symptoms of a fractured/broken ankle?

Swelling, pain...: Possible bruising, inability to bear weight may or may not be present, deformity may be present with severe and displaced fractures. ...Read more

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Should I do some lacrosse practice, with a fractured ankle?

Should I do some lacrosse practice, with a fractured ankle?

No: Not until its healed. You will risk re fracture of delayed union/healing. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know if my fractured ankle is healing ?

Can you tell me how to know if my fractured ankle is healing ?

Xray, symptoms: There are many types of ankle fractures. Minor fractures do not usually need follow up x-rays while other fractures do. Healing of an ankle fracture can be determined with or without x-rays and by signs/symptoms (swelling, bruising, stability, motion, pain, etc). Follow up with your healthcare professional for exam and recommendations. ...Read more

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Are there any alternatives to surgery for a fractured ankle that has not healed after 8 weeks?

Yes: If there is good bone position then a bone growth stimulator and immobilization with no weight bearing may heal it. ...Read more

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Are herbal medicines good for ankle fractures?

Are herbal medicines good for ankle fractures?

Possible: The use of the term "herbal medicines" is very broad, as there are literally hundreds of such out in the market. Theoretically, medicines (herbal or otherwise) can be used to try to relieve pain and swelling associated with an ankle fracture to varying degrees of success. ...Read more

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What is the usual recovery time for a fractured fibula in the ankle?

What is the usual recovery time for a fractured fibula in the ankle?

Fibula fracture: A standard fractured bone that is in place without major displacement takes 8 to 12 weeks to heal in a healthy person with proper immobilization. Smoking, diabetes, osteoporosis, and other chronic conditions can prolong or delay this healing. Premature mobilization or weight bearing on the extremity could also cause delayed or non healing. ...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