Open Reduction with Internal fixation for an ankle fracture two weeks ago

Patient : I had medal bars and pins put in my ankle two weeks ago they said to start pt so do I have to wear that awful boot or can I just wrap it
Doctor :    For the first 6 weeks after an ankle fracture treated with open reduction and Internal fixation (ORIF) you should keep wearing the walking boot as directed by your physician, you may remove the walking boot for bathing and during the active range of motion exercises at the PT. After the 6 weeks you could gradually discontinue the use of the walking boot when directed by your physician. Total length of rehab will vary depending upon the following factors: severity or acuteness of injury, age, health, or personal goals of the patient.Initial rehab will depend on the severity and location of the fracture. If fixed with ORIF rehab will be more aggressive. If not fixed with ORIF the patient will be immobilized for up to 6 weeks. The physician will determine patient’s weight bearing status and progress the patient as appropriate. Some patients will be progressed through each phase at a more accelerated rate, depending on the physiology of healing, as directed by the physician.  

Related Q&A

Q: I have a tailors bunion on my right pinky toe. It is extremely painful wearing certain types of shoes. If I choose to...

Q: Children high cholesterol, high lipo A. What type of doctor we should visit and what thype of treatment?

Q: I had my implant removed a week ago i have been very ill when i had it taken out i am still a bit poorly how long unt...

Q: I have peyronies I can stil have erection there is No pain and just the erection is les strong and is swiftly to the ...

Q: Hi I have been suffering from ache and tingling in my left arm. I get weakness and pain in my forearm when trying t...

 
DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon

CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews