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Expected Duration

If your fracture can be treated without surgery, you probably will wear a cast for about six to eight weeks. Once your cast is removed, you may need physical therapy before you can resume your normal activities. Total recovery time varies depending on the severity of your injury and the physical demands of your lifestyle.

If you need surgery to repair your fractured ankle, your recovery will take longer than an ankle fracture that could be treated without surgery.

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