Recovery time after ankle fracture surgery varies depending on the severity of the fracture, according to WebMD. Fractured ankle bones take between four and eight weeks to heal, and those requiring surgery take longer. Full use of the joint takes several months.
Within three to four months, most people are able to perform all normal daily activities such as walking, states Arlington Orthopedic Associates. Exceptions include returning to sports and walking without a limp, which take a longer recovery period. It is possible to reinjure the ankle by putting weight on it prematurely, thus restarting the recovery time. A doctor is able to advise when the ankle is ready for weight-bearing activity.