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.
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