How Long Does a Broken Ankle Take to Heal?

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, broken ankles are also referred to as fractured ankles and typically take at least six weeks for the broken bones to heal. In most cases, individuals with broken ankles can resume normal activities within four months, but the healing process can take up to two years or longer for certain individuals, depending on the circumstances.

MedlinePlus explains that with severe ankle fractures, surgery is often required to ensure the bones stay in place while healing. Fractures that involve the ankle joint or fractures that cause the bones to be displaced are typically treated with surgical procedures that utilize metal pins, plates or screws to hold the bones in place. In most cases, it can take up to 10 weeks for the fracture to heal. If surgery is not required, ankles are typically placed in casts or splints for up to eight weeks.

According to WebMD, ankle fractures are treated surgically or non-surgically and the bones need at least six weeks to heal properly. Doctors typically recommend that patients keep their weight off their broken ankles during the initial six-week period. In certain cases, physical therapy is required to improve gait, strength and balance.