The most common types of ankle fractures result from a twisting motion coupled with a fall. Even these simple fracture types come in multiple fracture patterns which can involve one or all of the bones and ligaments around the ankle. The initial evaluation will involve X-rays of the ankle to determine if the bones are fractured and to evaluate the stability of the joint. If the bones are displaced or the ankle joint is unstable then you may require surgery. Some require emergent surgery, but many can be fixed up to 2-3 weeks after injury. Ankle fractures that do not require surgery will be immobilized in a cast or a boot and closely monitored for healing.
Recovery time after an ankle fracture will vary depending on the fracture severity and type of treatment required. A period of non-weight bearing after treatment can be expected, usually 4-6 weeks while the ankle is immobilized. Physical therapy is commonly prescribed to aid with recovery and strengthening the affected ankle.
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