Treating Ankle Fractures
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Treatment depends on where and how badly your ankle has been broken. A cast may be used to hold the bone in its proper position for healing. Sometimes the sections of broken bone must first be realigned. This is done by a process known as reduction. The type of reduction is based on how far the bone has moved from its normal position.
If you have a clean break with little soft tissue damage, closed reduction will probably be used. Before the procedure, you may be given a light anesthetic to relax your muscles. Then your doctor manually readjusts the position of the broken bone.
Casting the Fracture
To make sure the bone is aligned properly, an x-ray is taken. Then the ankle is put in a cast to hold the bone in place during healing. You’ll probably have to wear the cast for 4 to 8 weeks.
For less severe fractures, a walking boot, brace, or splint may be all that’s needed to hold the bone during healing.
The Road to Healing