How long does an ankle fracture take to heal? Is significant pain one month out

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  1. Shil1978 profile image88
    Shil1978posted 13 years ago

    How long does an ankle fracture take to heal? Is significant pain one month out normal?

    A friend had one and is still having significant pain walking!!

  2. swb64 profile image61
    swb64posted 13 years ago

    A pal of mine damaged his Ankle 2 years ago, a fracture, but still having trouble so to have x-rays and treatment - again, ankles are bad as in they happen to take all our weight...

  3. edhan profile image37
    edhanposted 13 years ago

    It depends on individual as healing varies. All it takes it resting your ankle without taking loads.

  4. Shil1978 profile image88
    Shil1978posted 13 years ago

    Thank you, swb64 and edhan, for answering my question. Yes, I can imagine why it would be a difficult fracture to heal.

  5. kevin.howell profile image70
    kevin.howellposted 13 years ago

    6 weeks unless you smoke, than about 8, will hurt for a good while

  6. jjackson786 profile image80
    jjackson786posted 13 years ago

    I fractured my ankle in grade school, and it was some of the worst pain I have ever been in. Even now at 24 years old, it can still be painful after a long day on my feet.

  7. profile image0
    vinsanityposted 13 years ago

    It will take over a month for the pain to subdue. as others have said, your lifestyle and how healthy you live your life will change the time it takes to heal so stay healthy!

  8. Lisa HW profile image62
    Lisa HWposted 13 years ago

    Your friend really ought to ask his/her doctor about any "significant" pain s/he's experiencing (if s/he hasn't already); but in general, how long it takes for there to be no pain can depend on the type of fracture, where it was, how much strain the person puts on the fracture sooner than may be good, and any number of other things.

    I've had "all kinds of" fractures (the only limb that hasn't been associated with a fracture somewhere is my left arm).  My thinking is that a month "is nothing".   I've fractured my ankle a couple of times, neither of which was a major fracture.  Both times it took a long time before there wasn't shooting pain when walking.  Even after the bone is healed there can be different types of pain associated with the injury.  "Weird" muscle pain, pain from over-exertion or putting too much weight on the injury, pain from cold temperatures, etc. are things that (at least for me) kept showing up for ages (years), until, finally, all pain eventually disappeared.

    A dislocated fracture I had in my right hand over 30 years ago is still kind of sensitive all these years later.  It never quite went back to "good as new".   With the fractures I've had that did seem to go back to "good as new", any pain that came after the initial injury was generally of a different nature than the pain that happened at the time of injury.  It could be severe, but it was clearly of a different nature.

    Some time within the last year I heard some sports reporter say that Patriots' Tom Brady had been "nursing a hairline fracture" for over a year.  I don't know the exact story, but if a young, athletic, guy like that has been dealing with a hairline fracture for over a year that kind of says something about even minor fractures.

    In any case, here's a "schedule" for how long things are supposed to take to heal: … n-bone.htm


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