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How long do bones take to heal after an ankle break?

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It usually takes at least six weeks for the bones to heal. Your doctor will probably ask you to keep weight off the ankle during that time so the bones can heal in the proper alignment. Ligaments and tendons can take longer to heal after a fracture is fully mended. It can take as long as two years to completely recover full painfree motion and strength after an ankle fracture, although most people are able to resume their normal daily routine within three to four months.

After the doctor has determined it is safe for you to start moving your ankle, you may need physical therapy to provide gait training, balance, strengthening, and mobility exercises. The therapist will develop a home program that you can use to regain your previous normal function. It can take several months to return to a normal walking pattern without limping.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Ankle Fractures."

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine: "Ankle Sprains: How to Speed Your Recovery."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Ankle Sprains: Healing and Preventing Injury."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Sprained Ankle."

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons: "Peroneal Tendon Injuries."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Sprains and Strains.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 18, 2016

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Ankle Fractures."

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine: "Ankle Sprains: How to Speed Your Recovery."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Ankle Sprains: Healing and Preventing Injury."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Sprained Ankle."

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons: "Peroneal Tendon Injuries."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Sprains and Strains.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 18, 2016

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