Problem with ankle fracture

I've a question about my broken ankle. I'm a 26 year old male, underweight, but no health problems.

I broke my ankle almost 3 weeks ago (stable spiral fracture of the distal fibula), and a second X-ray two days ago showed no change at all in that time.

The initial swelling was very large and took a week to decrease. Treatment is AirCast, the plastic/foam device. However, the AirCast is quite heavy and when moving around its inertia causes some strain on the leg. The cast is particularly poor at preventing twisting motion, and on occasion I've bumped it into things that have caused some extra dull pain in the ankle. I'm worried about the possibility of non-union, and as I have to take care of myself, cook etc., it is impossible for me to just stay in bed immobilized. I've brought my concerns to the doctor but all he could tell me is try to move less...

What is the chance, given these circumstances, that the bone will fail to fuse properly? I'm worried.

Posted By Bobby on April 24, 2007 at 08:53:51:

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Knitted ankle support incorporating an anatomically contoured silicone insert lying posterior to the medial and lateral malleolus and over the front of the foot. Used to reduce swelling and soreness.

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