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Dr. Oliver Wang
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What are the symptoms of an ankle fracture?

Dr. Oliver Wang
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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

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Broken bone is also known as Fracture. A bone fracture is a condition in which there is a break in the bone. It can be caused by a high force injury or it may result from a previous medical condition that involves weakening of the bone. Common symptoms include severe pain, swelling of the surrounding ...Read more


Dr. Randall Beckman
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Trimalleolar ankle fracture surgery. What is the chance of painfree recovery?

Dr. Randall Beckman
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Trimalleolar ankle fracture surgery.  What is the chance of painfree recovery?

Good: This depends on a lot of factors including how large the posterior fragment is and if it was reduced, how the syndesmosis is fixated, and if there is any other additional injuries other than the bone like an osteochondral fracture. ...Read more

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Dr. Selene Parekh
Board Certified, Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
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Can you make a full recovery from trimalleolar ankle fracture with dislocation?

Dr. Selene Parekh
Board Certified, Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
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Can you make a full recovery from trimalleolar ankle fracture with dislocation?

Recovery: A full recovery is possible, but that ankle will no longer be the same. There will always be some stiffness, ache and swelling. Over time you have a high chance of developing arthritis. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
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Is it possible to fully recovery from trimalleolar ankle fracture / dislocation?

Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
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Is it possible to fully recovery from trimalleolar ankle fracture / dislocation?

Yes: Many people are able to resume all their activities after fully healed and have gone through physical therapy. You may develope some arthritis down the road. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Randy Lisch
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I had trimalleolar ankle fracture and am now walking in an aircast, but the pain is quite bad. Do I need pt? My dr. Said I did not, but I think I do.

Dr. Randy Lisch
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I had trimalleolar ankle fracture and am now walking in an aircast, but the pain is quite bad. Do I need pt? My dr. Said I did not, but I think I do.

At this time-- no: You need to confer with your doctor for specifics, but at this time if you are still in an aircast that indicates that the bones are not fully healed. After removal of the cast is the time to start pt. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Leland
Board Certified, Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
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What do they do during trimalleolar ankle fracture surgery?

Dr. Robert Leland
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What do they do during trimalleolar ankle fracture surgery?

ORIF: Open reduction internal fixation which means making incisions, putting the bones back in the proper position and holding the bones in the proper position with metal plates and screws. ...Read more

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Dr. Stewart Jones
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I had a trimalleolar ankle fracture and am 6 weeks post operation. Will i be able to walk normally after some time or will i limp?

Dr. Stewart Jones
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I had a trimalleolar ankle fracture and am 6 weeks post operation. Will i be able to walk normally after some time or will i limp?

A little hard work: With surgical repair of a trimalleilar fracture you should be able to walk without a limp within 3-4 months. Full recover is reached faster with physical therapy. The faster you can regain full range of motion and rebuild strength the faster you'll get there. Good luck with your rehab. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kent
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Trimalleolar ankle fracture, just got cast off after six weeks, have no walking cast or boot. Dr said see him in three weeks, when can I start pt?

Dr. Robert Kent
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Trimalleolar ankle fracture, just got cast off after six weeks, have no walking cast or boot. Dr said see him in three weeks, when can I start pt?

Soon: I would get the okay from your ortho to be sure, but i would normally start pt as soon as the cast came off and the fracture proved itself stable. The earlier you are able to start, the better. ...Read more

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Dr. Chris Tonozzi
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I had a trimalleolar fracture of my ankle 5 years ago that healed without surgery. I have always had pain, but recently its gotten much worse. Why?

Dr. Chris Tonozzi
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I had a trimalleolar fracture of my ankle 5 years ago that healed without surgery. I have always had pain, but recently its gotten much worse. Why?

Arthritis: You've probably got some arthritis building up in the joint. X-rays and a consult with an orthopedist would be next steps. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Kahn
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How long (roughly) does the pain last after orif ankle surgery (trimalleolar fracture)? A few weeks?

Dr. Jeffrey Kahn
Board Certified, Podiatry
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How long (roughly) does the pain last after orif ankle surgery (trimalleolar fracture)? A few weeks?

Weeks: The initial pain should improve within a few weeks but soreness and swelling may be present for several months.Keep pressure off of your foot/ankle and elevate when possible. Ice is usually helpful. ...Read more

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Ankle Fracture (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


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