Rehabilitation Exercises for a Broken Ankle Updated on October 28, 2019 By William Clement 87 Comments By William Clement 87 Comments Williammba November 22, 2010 Thanks helped a lot just after I got my cast off. Reply spi dey February 24, 2011 this is helpful thank you! Reply ozzied213 May 19, 2011 Best advice on YouTube 🙂 10/10 Reply Iris Martinez Jones June 9, 2011 Great advice! Reply www.sportsinjuryclinic.net July 12, 2011 @vcfan1001 Hi. It depends on how long you have been out of action and how much you stick to the rehab programme. A generaly rule of thumb is to half the amount of time you have been injured for. Sticking to a full rehab programme for this length of time should get you back to somewhere near full strength. Reply BigT125 July 17, 2011 What do you do if you fractured your ankle, metal is in it, the doctors said that you healed so fast that you dont need physical therapy so you never treated it and just immediately started walking? Please Respond!!!!! I want to play football again or at least do the things i used to do Reply www.sportsinjuryclinic.net July 18, 2011 @BigT125 It's never too late to start a rehab programme to strengthen the ankle and regain your sense of balance. Reply proudbluestaterful August 17, 2011 have question broke tibia fibula 2008 never had any formal pt due to no insurance. is it too late to try to rebuild calf definition. i have no problem with range of motion. broken leg never regain size or other one thanks Reply www.sportsinjuryclinic.net August 24, 2011 @proudbluestaterful No it's never too late! Reply Cerebralcinema September 3, 2011 Fractured my left fibula on 1/21/11. Never went to rehab because of no insurance. My ankle still swells a bit from being on it during the day. Is this normal? Also, when I had my injury I pulled ligaments and tendons. They still ache a bit and are a bit stiff. I still don't have full mobility and strength back. Would these exercises still help at this point in time? Thanks! Reply www.sportsinjuryclinic.net September 5, 2011 @Cerebralcinema Yes they could still help. Reply VaporTrailMix October 21, 2011 Hi, broke mine and now have a plate and screws. My issue is I've never regained full range. Its been one and a half years and I cant go back to the gym as the squat is/was a MAJOR part of my training. It's impossible for me to do a single squat in good form (we all know how important that is). I really don't want to put weight on my back if my form is off. Used to squat about 350-375 will I be able to do that again with a plate and screws? Thanks! Reply www.sportsinjuryclinic.net October 25, 2011 @VaporTrailMix Not sure. You are right though that you need to get full range back to you have correct form. There are other things you can do in the gym though and going back to it and building your strength will also help with your form Reply CheekyHorseBoy October 27, 2011 I have a broken and sprained ankle and I heard when I was in hospital that I had riped of two tendons in the foot .. so get surgery next week.. Reply Purple Clouds November 27, 2011 When she is on the wall which calf is being stretched?The one where her leg is out is that the one being stretched? Reply www.sportsinjuryclinic.net November 28, 2011 @ave383 In the white pictures? The back ones. Reply Hector Montano-Dupont December 28, 2011 @DYNAMIK775 Its not cause your mexican. Its cause your irresponsible with your insurance. I know it was a joke but this is the kind of comments that make the responsible mexicans look bad. Reply Phonikx Da Demonic December 29, 2011 @sportsinjuryclinic I fractured the outside bone on my right ankle about a week ago but am able to move my toe's and am able to stand on it with some pain but not unbarable and am able to move my ankle some,but my ankle is swollen but not as much as when it happend do you think I can heal from this without surgury and possibly make a full recovery and do these excersize's and be ok..Note that I play Hockey how long before I can do this again? Reply www.sportsinjuryclinic.net December 29, 2011 @Soulfear420 Yes you will be able to recover without undergoing surgery. Fractures to the lateral malleolus are pretty common and don't usually require surgery. If you can weight bear now with only minimal pain then I think you will be fine. It's going to take a good 6-8 weeks though until you can even think about returning to sports. Reply iNcΣpXn January 8, 2012 @sportsinjuryclinic Is a comparable recovery usually expected for a medial malleolus break? I'm recently out of cast and boot (which were worn for 9 weeks), and I find myself having issue regaining range of motion, much less motion without pain. The pain is worst at the base of my achilles tendon and on the lateral half of the ankle and foot, rather than at the break location, which is where I expected most of it be. Reply www.sportsinjuryclinic.net January 10, 2012 @omegaSEAL1988 Yes but it depends on the severity of the injury, exact break location and any other soft tissue injuries. Provided the bone healed ok (did you have it x-rayed again?) then I would guess the pain you are suffering is due to associated soft tissue injury. You may need to get a physio or someone to look at this for you. Reply Phonikx Da Demonic February 7, 2012 @sportsinjuryclinic I was mistaken, I actually Compleatly Shattered My Talus, they were actually able to save a big enough piece to Put some screws in, 2 weeks with out going to the Ortho not recomended When they say follow up Do just that,Im 5 weeks past my surgery and just got the hard cast taken off yesterday,And just started these excersizes and I have to go back in 5 weeks for a follow up,do u think Ill have full mobilty by then or possibly sooner by following these excersizes??? Reply www.sportsinjuryclinic.net February 8, 2012 @Soulfear420 It is possible to regain most of your movement in this time, but again it is down to how much you have lost and what associated injuries there are. Just keen doing the exercises as regularly as you can Reply www.sportsinjuryclinic.net March 2, 2012 @carlosaliyah07 The ones that are shown in this video, provided they do not cause her more pain. Reply Patty Wiggins May 25, 2012 I fractured my ankle, the tip of the fibula, exactly 3 months ago, no surgery. I was non-weight for 8 weeks and have had 10 therapy sessions. I have full range of motion, I would say 95%, but I think I have torn ligaments around the ankle? The pain is really sharp and when I do toe raises, omg i cant barely do them. Do you know at this stage if the pain is still supposed to be this bad? Reply www.sportsinjuryclinic.net May 25, 2012 That does seem like quite extremem pain for how far along you are. You should speak to your therapist about it Reply Patty Wiggins May 25, 2012 The therapy place that I go to makes me do my own exercises and pays no attention to me nor my pain. I ask if this is normal, and they don't answer me. Everything that I'm doing there I can do at home, so I think that's what I'm going to do. I do it at home anyways. I go see my orthopedic in a couple of weeks. I will ask him if I can maybe go to another therapy place or another location. Reply Patty Wiggins May 25, 2012 ALSO, i haven't been able to take any pain meds NOR anti-inflammatory meds. From the fracture, I developed a blood clot and Im on coumadin. And apparently I cant take anti-inflammatory meds with the blood thinner. Im thinking that this may have a factor of why the pain is still extreme. Reply www.sportsinjuryclinic.net August 9, 2012 If you are in a walking boot then you can walk with that on. But you need to wear it for now to support the ankle. Only start walking without it when you're told it's ok by your Doctor/Physio Reply www.sportsinjuryclinic.net August 13, 2012 It is usually casted for 6 weeks with no weight bearing (using crutches). After this it should be strong enough to start weight bearing. Reply pukal harper August 28, 2012 i broke my ankle skating and i want to know how long i have to wait after getting the cast off until it is safe to skate again. i only had a small crack and had i cast for 4 weeks Reply www.sportsinjuryclinic.net August 29, 2012 Hi. Only you will know this. Once the cast is off, try to regain full movement with calf stretches and also to increase the strength with exercises like calf raises or using a resistance band. Balance is important too – use a wobble board for 5-10 minutes daily. Once you have no problems with it day-to-day then you can start skating again Reply Sneakerama17 September 7, 2012 hey ive sprained my ankle 2-3 weeks ago and i can walk without any pain but i still dont feel ready to play bball (fast,change of direction, jumping, activities like that) how long should i do excercises? till the pain is gone all the way? or like do it for a week or so? please answer this i want to play bball again Reply www.sportsinjuryclinic.net September 7, 2012 Hi. You need to do strengthening exercises up until and even after you return to sports. After a moderate ankle sprain it may take 4-6 weeks to return to sport. More severe injuries can take even longer. Just go at your own pace and don't push it if it hurts or you don't feel ready. Reply Sneakerama17 September 7, 2012 i sprained my left foot and when i feel my right foot, i can feel the ligament like you can see it too but i cant feel anything on my outside left ankle. i think i "torn" that ligament but is that really bad? Reply www.sportsinjuryclinic.net September 7, 2012 A full rupture of a ligament is a gread 3 ankle sprain so yes it is a fairly severe injury, but sould still heel in it's own time and with a rehab proramme Reply Sneakerama17 September 7, 2012 thank you ! Reply SemiMusicGuru September 19, 2012 Well now since i dont have insureance for therapy this should be a helpful video. I shattered my ankle along with my wrist in a motorcycle accident. My ankle has like 13 screws and aplate and the wrist has 6 and a plate. I sometimes try to stand on my ankle its often painful and of course i cant exactly bend forward with the ankle. ive been out of my cast like four weeks now. Outside of the the exercises in this video would you recommend anything else? Reply fyfyfofofeable November 30, 2012 same happened to me but a big crack. Do you think ill ever be able to like jump of high stuff anymore. Skatingwise Reply www.sportsinjuryclinic.net November 30, 2012 Depends what damage you've done Reply www.sportsinjuryclinic.net January 4, 2013 A fracture is the same as a break, they are not separate conditions and so yes these exercises can be used for your injury Reply www.sportsinjuryclinic.net January 7, 2013 If your ankle condition has deteriorated then you should return to your therapist before starting any other exercises Reply Mikeos February 5, 2013 So how long did it take you to get back to normal then? I had 10 weeks in a cast and ive been outof the cast for 4 weeks. Been walking slowly for one week but I'm walking like a penguin! Reply www.sportsinjuryclinic.net February 6, 2013 Wow that was a long time in a cast! After that length of time it will take a while to get your full mobility back Reply marit12367 February 7, 2013 3 days ago I got my cast off. I was in it for 5 weeks. I didnt break my ankle but I broke myself right under my pinky toe now its really hard to walk and now my other leg is hurting…what should I do? Reply www.sportsinjuryclinic.net February 8, 2013 Have you got any physio appointments? You should have after coming out of a cast. Most of the problem after a period of immobilisation is a lack of mobility so do some calf muscle stretches and ankle circles if they don't hurt and this should help. If you are in pain still a lot of the time, return to your Doctor Reply Umesh Kumar February 20, 2013 kindly send me this video clip Reply michelle lim February 21, 2013 hi i broke my ankle last nov 15 and the cast was remove last jan.i just want to ask if its ok to do basic theraphy if there still a wound and what are the basic therapy i should do??.pls help me thanks Reply Rakesh Thapa February 22, 2013 Hey there, have you experienced Atomic Max Muscle? (search for it on Google) You will find out about the crimes we commit against ourselves. With Atomic Max Muscle, you will discover how to bulk up quickly. Reply www.sportsinjuryclinic.net February 22, 2013 Yes you should have been given exercises to do when the cast was taken off – to regain full mobility and strength. These exercises can help although they should not be performed if they cause pain. If you are unsure see a physio or sports therapist Reply Car Dealer February 24, 2013 Bro the same thing happened to me but on my right and a slight fracture on my left ankle on dec 23 cause of a car accident, just got out of my casts, time to start rehab ! hope you get well soon Reply Sudipta Chakroborty March 15, 2013 hi, i accidentally twisted my ankle while playing basketball. i can still move it with little pain. i can also walk on it. is my ankle broken? Reply www.sportsinjuryclinic.net March 15, 2013 It's impossible to tell if there is a fracture of some sort at the ankle without an x-ray. Reply brontone April 3, 2013 Has the person in this clip had a broken ankle? I only ask because I struggle to imagine my ankle will become this dexterous again after what I did to it Reply Jesse Otoo April 12, 2013 Anybody know how long before I can play football done a triple break dislocation and a fracture in a right ankle Reply Hamza Mian April 14, 2013 Two months ago I had an accident, both my feet got a plaster over it.I had them on a whole month and then it was removed and the Dr. said I could walk but not run for a month,and in case their is swelling keep the high while sleeping.There was swelling and I did that.Now it has been a month but I still have problems running will physiotherapy help now? (fracture on my right and muscular damage or a crack on my left) I also applied ice when it was swelling. Reply Tony Sowton April 18, 2013 I have broken my tibia and have been in plaster for just over six weeks, I now have a an open pot for support, I have extreme pain in my inner ankle and cannot walk without extreme pain ! I also chipped some bone from my heel which is still very sore I am 64 years old and have arthritis in my joints ,I have been prescribed physio for this, what can I do to help my self in the way of exercise, and is this pain normal to have ? can you help please ? Reply Nancy Bisset May 19, 2013 Thank you so much. My two time-sprained both ankles at the same time (between age 35 and 40) I never went to the hospital. 🙂 I had done some exercises with my man, but he died on me 6 years ago + my personal trainer-too. 🙁 Well I had experienced bouts of swelling once a year or some moon phase periods where leg + ankles seem to bother me. Then I did simple things you show here, BUT you add so many more. Thanks They are working fantab. So easy to follow + I have your link tucked close.XO Reply Jaskirets May 24, 2013 I fracture my tibia and fibula and was in a cast for a month. The doctor said the bones are perfectly fine. But i cannot still walk normally after 4 days the doctor has told me i can start walking. Also my bone pops like a knuckle when i walk, and i hurts my heel when i put alot of pressure on it. Why cant i walk right and why does my heel hurt and why does my bone pop Reply PlanetJetProductions May 29, 2013 Hi, you have any exercises for when someone injures both the ankle and a fractured metatarsal? Reply Ob hill June 15, 2013 I broke my Reply Ob hill June 15, 2013 I broke my ankle 3 weeks ago, had surgery the day after now I got screws and a plate to keep my ankle together. I get my cast off in 3 weeks and I'm wondering will ill be able to play football in the fall? Reply tiddly minkz June 25, 2013 who here just got there cast off and now cant walk and is looking for exercises for it so they can walk Reply tiddly minkz June 25, 2013 no Reply Neish Turner July 21, 2013 @Sandy9ism Your heel probably hurts because you are suffering from achilles tendonitis. an inflammation in your ligament. I know because my doctor told me that I was too after I asked him about it.. Reply Bowdy Brown July 23, 2013 Even if you were able to start mid-season..It wouldn't be wise. You wanna nurse that baby. Respect for the bod. Reply AJfunvids August 6, 2013 hi, im a dancer and i recently fractured my growth plate. i had a walking boot, and now i have it off and i can walk with no pain. the doctor said its fully healed but i am a dancer and must go up on the ball of my foot a lot but it hurts my toes and the ball of my foot when i do that even though thats not the part thats broken. whats the best therapy for going up on the ball of your foot? Reply David Brown August 6, 2013 This is a really helpfiul video. I broke my left ankle 8 weeks ago and can put my foot on the ground. I find these exercises awesome, but can someone pleae tell me…How often, I.E:- how many times per day and how many repititions should I do? Many thanks for any help.:) Reply M MSC October 13, 2013 I had 3 broken bones in my ankle; surgery followed. Splint, cast and now walking boot 8 wks later. 6 wks left in boot. was told NO pt (?!) so am seeking help via internet as well. MA didn't even explain the boot…I had to read how to do it property and check online. Insurance…screw them. Have learned it's all on us to take care of "us"…. I can't even imagine these exercises right now; but will later – I hope. Reply johnoXdamage October 20, 2013 i got a tip fracture on my right ankle 3 months ago and the inner ankle is still tense/stiff, i cant run or jump, do these exercises apply to me or further therapy exercises? Reply Sk8troop October 23, 2013 I broke my shin bone right at the bottom and I got out of my cast only 6 days ago and I'm almost walking perfectly fine. I'm only looking at this because I need to strengthen it a lot before I start skateboarding again (not saying I'm about to start right away, but hopefully before it starts snowing) because I broke it during football. Reply ak .fortyseven November 2, 2013 i broke the lower part of my Fibula just above the ankle, the cast is off and it continues to be swollen still, i can't just run,jump or walk too fast, how long will this last? is there anything I can do? Reply cali g April 1, 2014 Hi how long does it take becauase my ankles are so weak and not even stable its ard for me to balance walk and drive plz reply bk becauase when I take a lool my leg it twist da opposite direction making my foot side wards Reply Eve Minson May 11, 2014 THANK YOU! Reply Leachiii July 23, 2014 i fractured my ankle, i did the elastic exercises, but i still dont have a full functioning ankle my foot wont straighten like the other, it feels like i can pop it like my knuckles. so please what should i do, should i do the exercises? ps its been 4 months since… Reply Sidy Barre October 17, 2014 Best excercises for the ankle joints. Reply David Shelton November 23, 2014 Snapped my right ankle 90 degrees chipped the bone inside the ankle and torn ligament had 2 keyhole surgery worn a cast for 6 weeks i'm still having pain and couldn't run properly at all always run with a limp also when i'm walking my ankle always crack or clicking noise never been right since 4 years ago when i broke my ankle 🙁 Reply littledollsofhorror etsy February 27, 2015 That was very helpful! Reply Kitdey Poo April 24, 2015 Thank you for this ^_^ recently fractured ankle in rugby and wanted to try help it get better and this is pretty much exactly what i was looking for thanks 😀 Reply Samari Indio July 10, 2015 Thanks for posting this. Its 7 weeks after my ORIF.Can i begin with those exercise even if still with the syndesmotic screw? Reply chanel badgett February 17, 2016 I broke my ankle almost 6 weeks ago. Just got out of the cast and into a boot yesterday and cannot imagine doing these exercises. someone please give me some advice on how to get better. I've got to get back on my feet, not only because i am a single parent but also because my bday is leap year day which is actually coming this year! waiting 4 years for a bday then spending it sitting down is going to suck Reply Mariam Alian April 8, 2016 I removed the cast to days ago, but I can't walk. I am still using the crutches, my heel can't touch the ground, does anyone know anything about it Reply King A - July 11, 2016 jow many days should hou do Reply Bris Channel November 2, 2016 Should this hurt? Reply Qqwerty U April 6, 2017 Can these excerisses be done with a navicular fracture of the ankle. I just got my cast off 2 days ago. On a boot got 4 weeks Reply D Rodriguez April 8, 2017 I never got a cast is that normal? I only got a splint that lasted like two weeks but had two separate fractures and a dislocation Reply Lathia Borden August 5, 2017 I broke my ankle 4 months ago and it still hurts like [email protected] I've been to my Dr twice and a special Dr and the X ray they say normal if so why hurts so bad. I also been at work three weeks and I take the pain. Ibp don't help what do I need to stop this aching traving pain Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. 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