Broken Ankle Recovery Time
Broken Ankle Recovery Time: Different types of breaks require different amounts of time to get better. Find out how long your broken ankle will take!
Signs Of A Broken Ankle:
There are many ligaments & bones in the ankle that can be damaged.
- A broken ankle is known as a fractured ankle.
- This means one of usually 3 bones in the ankle joint are broken.
- Not all broken ankles are the same.
- Sometimes it could be a chip fracture that does not stop you from walking.
- But a severe comminuted(debris like fragments) fracture could even lead to amputation!
Symptoms Of A Broken Ankle:
1)A history of earlier trauma:
- A recently twisted or rolled ankle.
- Tripping or falling.
- Severe impact & falling may cause it.
2)Immediate pain directly after the trauma:
- Severe pain.
- Swelling of the affected area.
- Tender to the touch.
- Inability to bear weight on the ankle.
- Obvious deformity on the ankle.
Sprained Or Broken Ankle?
It is impossible to tell for sure if there is a broken bone. But some signs make a broken bone more likely:
- Gross deformity.
- Dislocation of the ankle.
- Inability to move the ankle.
- Cracking noise during the injury.
Broken Ankle Swelling:
Swelling can occur with any ankle injury. It does not necessarily confirm that a bone is broken.
Swelling is common in:
- Inversion ankle sprains.
- High ankle sprains.
- Deep vein thrombosis.
- Venous insufficiency.
Broken Ankle X-ray:
- An X-ray or CT scan is need to know the full extent of the break for sure.
- It is impossible to be 100% certain whether an ankle injury is a fracture or not without it.
- Even if it does not seem broken, an X-ray is usually still a good idea to make sure!
Broken Ankle Cast vs.Broken Ankle Surgery:
1)Broken Ankle Cast:
- The general rule is that if no bones are displaced or ligaments ruptured a broken ankle can be treated with a cast.
- The downside is, if proper healing is not attained, arthritis may set in during the future.
Indications for a broken ankle cast include:
- Non-displaced break.
- Less that 1-2mm of displacement
- Under 10 degrees of angulation deformity.
- No ligament rupture.
- No incongruity of the talar mortise.
2) Broken Ankle Surgery:
- Surgery is usually needed if there is bone displacement or ruptured ligaments.
- Without surgery there is a much greater risk of degenerative joint disease (ankle arthritis).
- Mal-union & non-union of the fracture fragments are also very possible.
Indications for broken ankle surgery:
- A displaced break.
- More than 1-2mm of displacement.
- Over 5-10 degrees of angulation.
- Ligamentous rupture.
- Incongruity of the talar mortise.
- Widening of the medial or lateral clear space of the ankle joint.
Broken Ankle Walking Boot Vs. A Cast:
1)Broken Ankle Cast:
This is usually needed in more severe situation where the podiatrist does not want to risk you walking on the fracture.
- Impossible to take the cast off.
- Better compliance.
2)Broken Ankle Walking Boot:
These are usually dispensed in less severe situation. Theoretically if the patient does not take the walking boot off, this should have the same offloading & healing capacity.
- They do come off.
- Can take it off to shower.
- Can take it off during bed.
- Otherwise should not walk on it.
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