Ankle Fracture

An ankle fracture is when one or both of the bones are broken in the ankle joint. Fracture can range from a simple break, which may not stop you from walking to a more complicated. Treatment is based off of the severity of the injury and the bone fractured. Sometimes ankle fracture are not displaced they can be treated with a cast. When two or more areas in the ankle are fractured or when the bones are displaced by greater than 2 mm it’s considered an unstable joint and Surgery is necessary. After an open reduction with internal fixation (orif) patients are required to wear either a cast or a below knee cam walker for approximately six weeks and then gradually come out. Weight-bearing is determined based on several different factors including bone quality, type of fracture and Age of patient. Most people return to normal daily activities, except for sport, within 3 to 4 months. Studies have shown that people can still be recovering up to five years after their ankle fracture.