Ankle Fracture (cont.)
Broken Ankle Follow-up
Follow-up care for an ankle fracture depends on the severity of the fracture;
consultation with an orthopedist is recommended for most fractures. In some
instances, a surgeon may need to be consulted, especially if there is any
vascular compromise or deformity due to the fracture.
- The patient may need emergency surgery, next-day follow-up, or follow-up in
1-2 weeks with an orthopedic doctor.
- The patient may require follow-up with a family doctor.
- If the patient's injured ankle was splinted on the initial visit, he
or she will probably need
to have a cast placed on the ankle during the follow-up visit.
- Recovery time varies depending upon the type of fracture or need for
surgery. The average fracture requires 4-8 weeks for the bone to heal.
- With severe ankle injuries, the doctor may recommend physical therapy for
rehabilitation after the acute phase of healing.
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