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Recovery of broken ankle

Broken ankle is a fracture which can happen in any one of the three possible anklebones, the tibia, the fibula or the talus.
It is a serious injury that is always painful, and it requires immediate attention. If an ankle fracture is suspected, the patient should see his or her doctor, or the patients should go to the emergency room as soon as possible.
Ankle fractures are common injuries among people of all ages, interests and sexes , and may happen anywhere and anytime.
Causes of the fractures usually include falls, car accidents, and sport injuries. Swelling, bruising, inability to walk on that leg, pain to touch, deformity around the ankle are some of the symptoms of broken ankle.
A sharp twist of the ankle or a direct impact that fractures at least one of the bony knobs in the ankle, are the most common injuries.

Treatment

The treatment of the broken ankle depends on the severity of the injury. When treated properly at the beginning of symptoms, the broken ankle should be healed within a six-week period and should not cause any long-term consequences.
Once the injury has been diagnosed, the doctor will decide what treatment is right for each specific fracture. With less severe types of fractures, doctor may just place a splint on the ankle for two to six weeks, which will give the swelling enough time to go down and the fracture to heal completely.
In addition, if the patient has symptoms of an open fracture, the doctor will want to know the approximate date of the last tetanus shot. The doctor may also order X-rays to confirm the diagnosis.
Crutches are important, because almost all types of ankle fractures will require some level of immobilization.
If a fracture is serious, but can be treated without surgery, the patient will probably wear a cast for about six to eight weeks. After the cast has been removed, the patient may need physical therapy before he can continue with usual activities. 
However, for some types of serious fractures, surgery may be necessary. In that case, the recovery will take longer than an ankle fracture that could be treated without surgery. 


Risks

If an ankle fracture is treated properly, the prognosis is good. Generally speaking, about 80% of all sport-related ankle fractures heal without any long-term complications. The risk of arthritis after an ankle fracture is very common, because the fracture that extends into the joint can cause it years after.


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