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how long to heal

my husband dislocated ankle yesturday and the hospital says there is know fracture or broken bone thank goodness but we would like to know about how long will it take for him to get better. so he can go back to work he works in construction and there is no benefits so he doesn't want to be out long. so if anyone as dealt with this before please help... thank you
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Hello,

Thanks for writing.How is your husband now?
Ankle dislocations occur when significant force applied to the joint results in loss of opposition of the articular surfaces. Rest the ankle and give him some anti-inflammatory analgesic like ibuprofen.

Also in cases of ankle dislocation,spints,casts ,traction and manual reduction may be required.Pls discuss these options with your husband’s orthopedician.Also, dislocation of the ankle joint is rarely seen without an associated fracture.So an x-ray or MRI of the foot is required to confirm whether it was a dislocation or fracture ankle.Pls get it done to clear any doubts.

In any case, a dislocated ankle requires an average of 3-6weeks to heal completely.Till then adequate rest should be given to the part.Some severe cases may take months to heal.This depends on the extent of injury to ankle.

Hope it helps.Take care and pls do keep us posted if you have any additional queries. Kind regards.


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thank you for your response we had x ray also ct scan and some other test they are sure that it is just dislocated. Now can you tell me if he can just stay in the splint the hospital put him in our does he have to get the cast he doen't want to get the cast nexst week its just to much money but i don't want him to go without it if he needs it. If you know anything it would be great thanks again for the help.
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