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Dr. Olav Jaren
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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 a bimalleolar fracture, when i google this it says I am unlikely to recover to 100% I am 29yrs old and healthy. Is it likely i will be ok?

I have a bimalleolar fracture, when i google this it says I am unlikely to recover to 100% I am 29yrs old and healthy. Is it likely i will be ok?

In general...: It may not recover 100% of the function of the ankle ( range of motion, stability, pain free always, muscle strength etc.) if objective testing is done but over 90% will recover to the degree that you will have no conscious sensation that it hasn't not recovered completely. Return to full function can be hoped for and expected in the fractures are reduced anatomically usually requiring surgery. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a bimalleolar fracture of the left tibia and lateral malleolar fracture of fibula. how long for healing?

What to do if I have a bimalleolar fracture of the left tibia and lateral malleolar fracture of fibula. how long for healing?

Bimalleolar: Ankle fractures typically take 8 weeks to heal. 99% pf them need surgery unless you are infirm, ILL or don't walk. IF it needs surgery it will take anywhere from 8-12 weeks for full recovery. You typically cannot bear weight until about 6-8 weeks even with surgery. The plates and screws hold the bones in place so they can heal in the proper position, they DONT support your weight. ...Read more

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I have a bimalleolar fracture that stayed aligned, so, no surgery. I'm in wk 6. Can I try the stationary bike now? Why is there still bad bruising?

Must clear this with: Ur orthopedic surgeon. Clearly without internal fixation, U have 2 B more careful than if it was stabilized by hardware. U also should B in a long leg cast (1 that extends from toes to upper thigh. If it stops below the knee, there's movement in rotation@ the fracture site. ...Read more

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Bimalleolar fracture of ankle 11 days ago. No surgery needed. Ankle is in a fiberglass cast. Ankle hasn't hurt since being in the cast. Should it be?

Bimalleolar fracture of ankle 11 days ago. No surgery needed. Ankle is in a fiberglass cast. Ankle hasn't hurt since being in the cast. Should it be?

Why no surgery?: Bimalleolar fractures do require surgery. There are only very few occasions when they are non-surgical (medically unstable, skin doesn't allow, Charcot ankle, etc.). You may want a second opinion to see if this truly is non-operative. ...Read more

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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. 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