If your ankle fracture is stable without damage to the ligaments, it can be treated with a leg cast or brace.
- At first, a long leg cast may be applied.
- Later the long cast may be replaced by a short walking cast.
- It takes at least six weeks for a broken ankle to heal, and it may be several months before you can return to everyday activities.
- As your bones heal, your physician will probably continue to take X-rays to ensure that your bones are staying in alignment.
If you have broken your ankle and the ligaments are also torn, or if the fracture created a loose fragment of bone that could irritate the joint, surgery may be required.
- The surgeon may use a plate, metal or absorbable screws, staples or tension bands to hold the bones in place.
- Your surgery may require a hospital stay of a day or two.
- You are likely to be prescribed a program of rehabilitation and strengthening with a Riverside physical therapist.