Ankle Fracture (cont.)
Broken Ankle Rehabilitation and Recovery Time
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.
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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