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Doctor insights on: What Do I Do If I Injured My Fractured Ankle 2nd Time

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Dr. Julie Abbott
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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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Does having screws and a plate put into fractured ankle increase recovery time?

Does having screws and a plate put into fractured ankle increase recovery time?

No: It should actually decrease healing time. The screws and plates are preventing any shifting of the bone. ...Read more

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Fractured ankle. Whats recovery time?

Fractured ankle. Whats recovery time?

Depends: It will depend on how it was treated, by surgery or just y a cast, but an estimate would be 8-12 weeks, it also depends on the type of fracture. ...Read more

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Tips on how to apply pressure for the first time after fractured ankle surgery ?

Tips on how to apply pressure for the first time after fractured ankle surgery
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Ask the 1 who Knows.: This answer should have been given to your by the operating surgeon, in both oral and written form. Without knowing the nature and extent of the repair, it is impossible to answer. More detail is needed, such as time frame, type of repair, fixation hardware etc and most importantly the seriousness of the fracture. ...Read more

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I have a history of ligament damage and injured my ankle again....This time I have a bone chip fracture...What has to be done to fix this?

I have a history of ligament damage and injured my ankle again....This time I have a bone chip fracture...What has to be done to fix this?

Depends on where : Some bone chips are stable within the ligament and can be treatd conservatively, others interfere with normal ankle motion and are best treated surgically. When there is pain with motion or with weight bearing it may need to be removed. Repeated injury to the ankle ligaments can lead to progressively more severe trauma and sometimes to ankle joint injury. Physical therapy can help too. ...Read more

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What does a fractured ankle look like?

What does a fractured ankle look like?

Swollen: Signs of a fractured ankle are swelling, pain on weightbearing and fracture line seen on plain x-rays or if a compression fracture or stress reaction/fracture edema (internal bone swelling) on an mri. ...Read more

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How can you heal a fractured ankle at home?

Casting: Most fractures will require some sort of casting. This may be in the form of a rigid cast or boot. If you know you have a fracture you should be seen by an orthopedist for treatment. If not treated appropriately you could end up with more problems down the road. ...Read more

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Possible fractured ankle. How to know what injury it is?

Possible fractured ankle. How to know what injury it is?

Xrays.: The only way to know is by getting a set of xrays. Then the correct treatment plan could be initiated. ...Read more

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Where should a fractured ankle hurt?

Where should a fractured ankle hurt?

Fractured ankle: Your entire ankle may hurt or just a part of the ankle such as the inside or outside of the ankle. You need an exam and an xray seek a consult with an ankle specialist. ...Read more

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Is it okay for me to walk on a fractured ankle?

Is it okay for me to walk on a fractured ankle?

It depend: Follow direction of your physician, if he said it is okay he must have good reason to say so, if he say not, he must have good reason to say so. ...Read more

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What jobs am I able to do with a fractured ankle?

What jobs am I able to do with a fractured ankle?

Anything sitting: You need to be sitting and keeping wieght off the ankle. ...Read more

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What is the best rehab method for a fractured ankle?

What is the best rehab method for a fractured ankle?

Rehab for ankles: It is best to see a physical therapist for this rehab. They can show you the best exercises for stretching and then strengthening the area. Other modalities include heat, ice, electrostimulation and more. ...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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How long will it take for a trimalleolar fractured ankle to heal?

How long will it take for a trimalleolar fractured ankle to heal?

At least 6 weeks: Although healing times are very individualized related to severity of injury, patient age and health, stability of fixation, bone quality, etc. ...Read more

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How do you know the difference between a sprained or fractured ankle?

How do you know the difference between a sprained or fractured ankle?

Have it x-rayed: You will need and x-ray to see if you have a fracture or if it is just a sprain. Have it evaluated by your physician to get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Are there any exercises i could do to lose weight if I have a fractured ankle?

Are there any exercises i could do to lose weight if I have a fractured ankle?

Upper body exerciser: You can get an aerobic work out by using an upper body exerciser such as that in the photo here. You can do all kinds of strengthening exercises using weights or rubber bands. You are also able to do abdominal strengthening exercises. For weight loss, getting your heart rate up and keeping it there is key. ...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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Swelling and sharp pain on fractured ankle?

Swelling and sharp pain on fractured ankle?

Broken ankles: affect people of all ages. The swelling, pain, inability to move, bruising are common symptoms due to the inflammation. It is a good sign of the body reparation process. The treatment is cast for 6-8 weeks, rest, drink a lots of water, pain and anti-inflammatory medications. The prognosis is good. ...Read more

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What is the most common treatment for a fractured ankle?

Surgery vs cast: If the displacement is minor, then a cast may be adequate. If there is marked displacement then surgery is required to realign the ankle joint to avoid disability. ...Read more

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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
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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