What to Expect When Recovering from a Broken Ankle

Dec 13, 2017

Physical activity is, of course, one of the tenets for a healthy life, but unfortunately it comes with at least a certain degree of sports injury risk, like perhaps sustaining a broken ankle. The good news, though, is that you can come see us for professional care if this happens. When we treat the injury, you will likely want to know what to expect from the recovery process.

Beyond sporting activities and exercise programs, there are other ways to sustain a fracture in one of the bones—the tibia, fibula, and talus—that form the ankle. Auto accidents and falls can also lead to injury, but treatment and recovery for the broken ankle will typically look quite similar, regardless of what may have caused it.

To treat a broken ankle, we begin by assessing the severity and nature of the injury. We will likely have an x-ray prepared to assist in evaluating the extent of the fracture. When surgical treatment is not required, we may use a splint or cast to keep the bones lined up correctly as they heal. During this time, keeping weight off the affected area will help your broken ankle recovery. We may prescribe medication to alleviate any painful symptoms.

Every situation is bound to be different based on the individual patient and nature of the injury, but recovering from a broken ankle will usually take around 4-8 weeks. It might take several months, however, to completely restore the full range of motion for the joint.

Remember, your broken ankle recovery starts with a visit to see us here at Sunshein Podiatry! When you are first aware of ankle pain, schedule an appointment with our Centerville, OH podiatrist office so we can properly diagnose your injury. Once we have established there is a fracture (and not a severe sprain), you will receive a treatment plan so the joint can heal properly and you can go back to your favorite activities.

We are here to help with all of your foot and ankle problems by providing effective treatment. Call us at (937) 435-7477 to have one of our friendly staff members assist you in scheduling an appointment, or take advantage of our online form to contact us right now.

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