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What happens when you leave a broken ankle untreated? Will it heal by itself?

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Dr. Gregory Harvey
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Painful ankle

The outcome of a broken ankle depends on the severity of the fracture and displacement of the ankle joint.
A simple nondisplaced fracture may heal without any treatment but many other fractures required immobilization or surgery to prevent further pain, deformity, and arthritis.

In brief: Painful ankle

The outcome of a broken ankle depends on the severity of the fracture and displacement of the ankle joint.
A simple nondisplaced fracture may heal without any treatment but many other fractures required immobilization or surgery to prevent further pain, deformity, and arthritis.
Dr. Gregory Harvey
Dr. Gregory Harvey
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Dr. Steven Arbit
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

In brief: The bones will heal

The bones should stabilize however probably not in the correct position.
This can lead to limited range of motion, chronic pain and arthritis.

In brief: The bones will heal

The bones should stabilize however probably not in the correct position.
This can lead to limited range of motion, chronic pain and arthritis.
Dr. Steven Arbit
Dr. Steven Arbit
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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

In brief: See a Doc

I would not leave a broken ankle untreated.
There are many types of broken ankles, some of which will heal well with minimal treatment and others that will not heal and will need surgery to fix. Other types need to be casted. The problem with not seeking medical advice is if it does not heal properly you will have a problem with that ankle for the rest of your life. Seek medical attention please.

In brief: See a Doc

I would not leave a broken ankle untreated.
There are many types of broken ankles, some of which will heal well with minimal treatment and others that will not heal and will need surgery to fix. Other types need to be casted. The problem with not seeking medical advice is if it does not heal properly you will have a problem with that ankle for the rest of your life. Seek medical attention please.
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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