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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.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/16/2013

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