Full house was one of my all time favorite shows growing up and the reboot does make me chuckle a bit. Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie Tanner) broke her ankle this past January and is still recovering from the injury. She was toting her crutches during the Kids Choice Awards with style and flair. Season three of Fuller House was delayed because of her injury and the writers are working the mishap into the story line. “There’s no hiding that I can’t walk,” Sweetin said. “And I can only be a houseplant in so many episodes where I’m just stuck somewhere.”
Ankle fractures are not easy and they do take some time to heal. The two methods of treatment can be conservative or surgical. The conservative options is used if the fracture is not severe. This means that if the bones are not displaced or the fracture is small the podiatrist may treat with conservative methods. No weight to the foot, icing, compression, and elevation are all conservative options in treating an ankle fracture. This can continue for up to four to six weeks or longer if needed. Being off of the ankle helps dramatically since any weight can cause the fracture to worsen and lead to poor healing. Physical therapy can also be used after the period of non-weight bearing to rehabilitate the muscles of the foot, ankle, and leg.
Surgical treatment is indicated if the injury is serious with displaced bones. When the bones are not together they cannot heal properly. The surgeon would then have to place the bones back in the corrected position and pin the bones in place so that they stay corrected.
Miss Sweetin did have a surgical procedure performed on her ankle and her recovery seems to be going well. She is still using crutches so that means she is within 6-8 weeks of having the ankle fixed. It will be interesting to see if the show incorporates her physical therapy treatments or celebrating when her cast is removed. I anticipate that this will add another layer of sub plot hilarity and make the show even more enjoyable.
On with the Show!
Dr. Jairo Cruz Jr