How long does it take to fully recover from a broken ankle?
You can expect most ankle fractures depending on how severe they are, to take 4-8 weeks for the bones to heal completely and up to several months to regain full use and range of motion of the joint. More severe fractures, especially those requiring surgical repair, may take longer to heal.
What happens if you walk on a broken ankle too soon?
Walking on a broken ankle too early can prevent it from healing correctly and may make the injury worse.
What happens if you walk too soon after ankle surgery?
Adding Weight to the Foot & Ankle After Surgery
If weight is applied too fast it may cause damage to the injured/surgical site in addition to the potential of creating new problems. By gradually increasing weight your body is able to accommodate to see the new forces.
Why does my broken ankle still hurt after a year?
Some people may continue to experience pain long after the fracture and soft tissues have finished healing. This is what we call chronic pain. Chronic pain may be caused by nerve damage, the development of scar tissue, aggravation of underlying arthritis, or other causes.
What is the fastest way to heal a broken ankle?
Rest: Rest is key. Staying off your injury will help you heal faster. You will likely wear a cast to help keep the foot and ankle immobilized. Ice: Ice the area for 20 minutes at a time to help with swelling and inflammation.
Why does my broken ankle hurt more at night?
Bone stress injuries occur because of an unfamiliar increase in physical activity and is related to overuse, under recovery and several considerations that result in the bone not being able to keep up with the required adaptations. A fracture can result and this will cause pain at night time.
How long does it take for a broken ankle to stop hurting?
Generally, broken ankles heal within 6 to 12 weeks. Injuries that don’t need surgery may heal in 6 weeks.