How long does it take to recover from a broken ankle?

Rest and recovery is an important aspect of surgery.Recovering from a broken ankle can take quite a while. Typically the break itself can take anywhere from 4-12 weeks or so to heal. Recovering your full strength and range of motion through rehabilitation can take even longer, however. Your specific healing timeline will really depend on the severity of the break and what your joint needs to make sure the bones knit together correctly. A small, simple crack through an ankle bone that you have immediately immobilized will heal faster than a break that goes through multiple bones or isn’t aligned properly. Some breaks need surgery, too, which can extend healing time even longer.

The key is to get x-rays and begin treatment as soon as possible. Your foot will need to be immobilized in a cast, and most likely you’ll be on crutches for a little while to keep weight off the vulnerable joint. You’ll need rehabilitation to rebuild strength and stability in the muscles around you joint so your ankle can support you again. Our team at Podiatry Associates, P.C. can help you with every step along the way. Make an appointment online, or call our offices in Castle Pines, Parker, and Cherry Creek at (303) 805-5156.

Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC