It may take 6 to 8 weeks to heal. The goals of treatment are to ease pain and swelling. This may include:
- Medicine to ease pain and swelling
- A cast to prevent the ankle from moving as it heals
- Crutches to take weight off of the ankle as it heals
- Exercises to help with strength, flexibility, and range of motion
Putting Bones Back in Place
Some fractures cause pieces of bone to come apart. These pieces will need to be put back into place. This may be done:
- Without surgery—anesthesia will be used to decrease pain while the doctor moves the pieces back into place
- With surgery—a plate, screws, or rod may be needed to reconnect the pieces and hold them in place
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
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