Question:I jumped down off a small log and landed on both feet. Unfortunately I hit just right and broke my ankle. It's not healing very well. How long should I wait before thinking about having surgery?
Studies show early treatment is best for malunion of ankle fractures. This is especially true for the calcaneus (heel bone) and the neck of the talus (the bone next to it). There's a better chance of healing in a good position with surgery to stabilize the fracture.
Proper alignment is important in the ankle. Restoring the normal height of the calcaneus can be difficult. Early correction can help prevent further complications and problems. For example, mild residual pain can become chronic. Osteonecrosis (death of bone) or posttraumatic arthritis can occur.
Now would be a good time to schedule a follow-up appointment with your orthopedic surgeon. He or she will be able to advise you about the best timeline and treatment options available.Wen Chao, MD, and Mark S. Mizel, MD. What's New in Foot and Ankle Surgery. In The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. April 2006. Vol. 88-A. No. 4. Pp. 909-922.
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