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Ankle Fracture (cont.)

Broken Ankle Rehabilitation and Recovery Time

Patient Comments

Most simple fractures heal well with immobilization and non-weight-bearing activity. Complex fractures may have good to fair outcomes, depending on the severity of the fracture(s), the effect of rehabilitation on function and the development of arthritis.

  • Patients can expect recovery from most ankle fractures, depending on how severe they are, to take 4-8 weeks for the bones to heal completely and up to several months to regain full use and range of motion of the joint.
  • More severe fractures, especially those requiring surgical repair, will take longer to heal; some may need implanted supports (metal rod or plate and screws) that may be removed later or left in place.
  • Fractures of any type increase the likelihood of developing arthritis in the affected joint. The more severe the fracture, the higher the risk of developing some degree of arthritis.

REFERENCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Ankle Fractures.

Broomhead A, Stuart P, Validation of the Ottawa Ankle Rules in Australia. Emerg Med;15(2):126-32, 2003

MedscapeReference.com. Ankle Fracture in Emergency Medicine.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/16/2013

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