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What Does Broken Ankle Feel Like
Why does elevating an injury (like a broken ankle) help? Does it only reduce swelling or something more?
Reduce swelling: Elevating an injury is a way to reduce swelling. Elevation should be used in conjuction with ice, and compression whenever possible. Ideally the injured limb should be raised above heart level. Decreasing swelling will in turn decrease pain, stiffness. Decreasing pain and stiffness will allow for an easier transition to physical therapy when the time comes. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Depends on type: Some ankle fractures require surgery and some can be treated by immobilization. Factors that guide the treatment opinion of your doctor include: location, type of fracture (some are more stable and others very unstable), injury force, whether the fracture is open or closed, personal medical history and health, and many more. Talk to your doctor to understand the plan. ...Read more
Pain with deformity: Most ankle fractures occur from a twisting injury. If you had an injury, and have difficulty standing or walking because of pain, have an evaluation. To include an x-ray. If your ankle or foot appear deformed or unusually swollen, x-ray. ...Read more
Broken ankle: With any ankle injury you will develop swelling an pain. With a fracture you could see a black and blue around your heel. Severe pain. And in a severe case of a fracture ankle, it can be deformed I recommended you see your doctor and get the ankle evaluated and xrayed to see the extent of your injury. ...Read more
Avoid future problem:
Ankle fracture which are well aligned can be treated with cast immobilization for 6-8 weeks.
Ankle fracture where there is instability or incongruity in the
joint may require internal fixation followed by a cast to get the best results and avoid future problem with arthritis. ...Read more
Talk to your doc.: You really need to be cleared by the doctor who fixed your ankle before surfing or starting any other activity. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on what bone and how serious the break. ...Read more
No: Keeping pressure off the area will help in the healing process. ...Read more
Six weeks.: Depending on where and what type of fracture it is, it should heal in 6 weeks. ...Read more
Varies: In an average healthy person, the fracture will likely heal within 6-8 weeks. However, the sports functionality of the ankle may not return to normal for nearly 6-12 months. This depends on the severity of the initial injury and the subsequent rehab of the ankle. Your orthopedist will guide you through your recovery process. ...Read more
Follow instructions: Time will heal.... (make sure your vitamin d levels are within normal range.). ...Read more
You should not: You should not move a broken ankle. On the contrary, you need to have it in a cast to make it temporary immobile. If you have not been seen yet by anyone, get a crutch and stop any weigh bearing and go to an urgent care of emergency room or to your primary care doctor if he can see you promptly. ...Read more
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