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How would an orthopedic doctor go about healing a broken ankle?
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In brief: Same principles
Any good doctor would use the same principles: proper examination and radiographic studies to determine the location and extent of the fracture(s).
Some ankle fracture require orif (open reduction internal fixation) and ligament repair. Others may simply be immobilized with or without anatomical alignment. The body does the rest with proper nutrition.

In brief: Same principles
Any good doctor would use the same principles: proper examination and radiographic studies to determine the location and extent of the fracture(s).
Some ankle fracture require orif (open reduction internal fixation) and ligament repair. Others may simply be immobilized with or without anatomical alignment. The body does the rest with proper nutrition.
Dr. Angelo Mitsos
Dr. Angelo Mitsos
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Dr. David Bloome
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
There are many different treatment options for a fractured ankle ranging from nonoperative to operative.
The treatment depends on the type and stability of the fracture. See an orthopedist for a recommendation.

In brief: Depends
There are many different treatment options for a fractured ankle ranging from nonoperative to operative.
The treatment depends on the type and stability of the fracture. See an orthopedist for a recommendation.
Dr. David Bloome
Dr. David Bloome
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Dr. Neeraj Gupta
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends on Xray
This depends on your x-ray and type of ankle fracture.
Unstable ankle fractures are usually treated surgically and stable ankle fractures treated with various methods ... Cast, cam walkers.

In brief: Depends on Xray
This depends on your x-ray and type of ankle fracture.
Unstable ankle fractures are usually treated surgically and stable ankle fractures treated with various methods ... Cast, cam walkers.
Dr. Neeraj Gupta
Dr. Neeraj Gupta
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In brief: Ankle fracture
Not sure since I am a podiatrist.
Xrays would determine whether i treat this surgically or conservatively but at least 6 weeks of casting would be a minimum.

In brief: Ankle fracture
Not sure since I am a podiatrist.
Xrays would determine whether i treat this surgically or conservatively but at least 6 weeks of casting would be a minimum.
Dr. Raymond Stolarski
Dr. Raymond Stolarski
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In brief: Several ways
The fracture would need to be evaluated and then either immobilized or surgically repaired after x-ray and clinical evaluation.

In brief: Several ways
The fracture would need to be evaluated and then either immobilized or surgically repaired after x-ray and clinical evaluation.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Dr. Darren Corteen
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Depends on break
Ankle comprised of two bones forming joint; tibia and fibula.
Any injury breaking both bones necessitates surgery to restore ankle joint and insure healing of bones in proper orientation. Fractures involving only one bone may sometimes be managed in cast if minimally displaced and integrity of ankle joint not compromised.

In brief: Depends on break
Ankle comprised of two bones forming joint; tibia and fibula.
Any injury breaking both bones necessitates surgery to restore ankle joint and insure healing of bones in proper orientation. Fractures involving only one bone may sometimes be managed in cast if minimally displaced and integrity of ankle joint not compromised.
Dr. Darren Corteen
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