Ankle Fracture

ExitCare ImageA fracture is a break in the bone. Most of the time, surgery is not needed for a broken ankle. A cast, splint, ankle brace, or walking boot may be used to heal the break. A broken ankle can heal in 6 to 12 weeks.

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  • Do not walk on your broken ankle until told by your doctor.

  • Use crutches as told by your doctor.

  • Keep your ankle raised (elevated) to the level of the chest as much as possible.

  • Take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Do not smoke.

  • Eat healthy foods.

  • Get follow-up care as told by your doctor.

  • If you do not need a cast, splint, brace, or boot:

  • Apply an ice pack to the ankle as told by your doctor.

  • If you have an ankle brace or walking boot:

  • Only remove it as told by your doctor.

  • Apply an ice pack to the ankle as told by your doctor.

  • If you have a splint or cast:

  • Rest your plaster splint or cast only on a pillow until it is fully hardened. It may take 3 days for the plaster to harden.

  • Do not scratch under the splint or cast.

  • Do not stick anything inside the splint or cast to scratch your skin.

  • Keep sand and dirt out of the inside of the splint or cast.

  • Do not pull out the padding from the splint or cast.

  • Keep your splint or cast dry and clean. Cover it with a plastic bag during showers.

  • Check the skin around the splint or cast every day. You may put lotion on sore areas.

  • Do not put pressure on any part of your cast or splint. It may break.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have severe pain, burning or stinging.

  • Your toes turn blue or gray.

  • Your toes feel cold or numb.

  • You cannot move your toes.

  • Your splint or cast is too tight.

  • Your splint or cast breaks.

  • There is a bad smell or yellowish white fluid (pus) coming from under the splint or cast.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.