Q. How to heal my broken ankle?

Answered by
Dr. Sumit Chawla
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 28, 2016 and last reviewed on: May 14, 2020

Hello doctor,

My partner, who is 36 years old, broke his ankle (fibula break) before 7.5 weeks. I had been for his appointment where he had an x-ray and found that the bone has not knitted together. He smokes approximately 10 cigarettes per day. I have found through online research, that smoking hinders bone healing and have advised him to stop, even if short term to assist with the healing of the broken bone. He had cast for three weeks and then was transferred to a walking boot with vague instructions on how to deal with it. He is being told that he should be walking more on the ankle which is broken. But, he is worried as he will cause more damage as it is not yet aligned. Also, should he be wearing his walking boot at all times? He wears while sleeping and he removes it while bathing daily. Please explain to him that how the bone will heal and whether he should be wearing his boot all the time.

Dr. Sumit Chawla

Orthopedics And Traumatology


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  • Fibula is involved in only 15% weight transmission in case of fracture.
  • Weight transfer can be effectively taken up by the tibia. However, it forms the ankle joint proper and the fracture site.
  • The fracture pattern are must to determine before giving any comments on the treatment. Kindly share your partner's x-ray for proper advice.
  • Yes, you are correct in saying that smoking hinders with the healing process and he should refrain himself from tobacco smoking and other tobacco products.

Revert back with the x-ray report to an orthopaedician and traumatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/orthopaedician-and-traumatologist

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