Foot & Ankle Surgery Specialists
Foot & Ankle Surgery specialists at Ballarat OSM can help you with your surgery and recovery. Ankle fractures have obviously occurred throughout time. Traditionally, treatment involved re-aligning the fracture, and then applying a plaster cast. Treatment usually included being in plaster cast for six weeks.
This treatment works reasonable well most of the time, and success could reasonably be predicted if there was no pain, and a new x-ray at twelve days shows good alignment. Generally, stiffness had resolved by three months, and full function returned.
Some groups have bad outcomes. People with osteoporosis may have an increased risk of the fracture collapsing. This can cause chronic pain, fractures around the joint can lead to post-traumatic osteoarthritis. Not moving your ankle whilst in plaster makes you prone to blood clots, which can be dangerous.