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Child has broken tibia and fibula on ankle, in cast since weeks. How long will it take to get back on track?

My nine year old son broke his tibia and fibula near the growth plate on his left ankle. Was in a cast for 5 weeks and boot for two. Just got cleared for ankle brace today. He is walking pretty well with nothing on it. How long before he can get back to playing baseball, and what kind of rehab should he be doing? (Can t get appt. for 10 days!)
Asked On : Tue, 19 Feb 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for posting your query.
A Broken ankle is a very common injury and the severity of the fracture varies. Ankle fractures may be partial, open or closed and may be as a result of a fall, collision/impact, or accident. Thorough assessment and an x-ray examination and/or CT scan is done by an orthopedic doctor to review the injury and the extent of any damage to the nerves and surrounding tissues.
Physical therapy and home exercises are available and you should start doing them regularly. Eventually, you will also start doing exercises to strengthen the surrounding muscles of the ankle. It may take several months for the muscles around your ankle to become as strong as before the injury took place. Even after the fracture has healed, an ankle brace may still need to be worn for several months.
Wishing you good health...
Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Orthopaedic Surgeon.
Answered: Tue, 19 Feb 2013
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