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A 36-year-old member asked:

I'm curious as to why is it that a bone takes so long to heal?

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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Bone cells are small: To fill in the gap and repair a fracture takes time. Be patient.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for a baby's bones to heal?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Varies with area: Fractures heal at rates faster than adults but often differ with the type of bone or location involved.
A 34-year-old member asked:

For how long does a shin bone take to heal?

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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
On average 6-8 weeks: Bone healing usually takes 6-8 weeks depending on the type of fracture. Each person has a different healing potential depending on age and overall health.
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How long does it take to heal broken metacarpal bones?

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6-8 weeks: Simple fracture of the metacarpal bone takes about 6-8 weeks to heel. That assuming the bone is not out place, our have any complication factors.
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How long does the bone take to heal in closed rhinoplasty?

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6 weeks: If the nasal bones are broken in any type of rhinoplasty they take 6 weeks to reach full strength.
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A 45-year-old male asked:

Would the cuboid bone be a difficult bone to break and how long would it take to heal?

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Dr. Wenjay Sung
Podiatry 14 years experience
Yes: Very unlikely bone to break, but if broken, it would depend on severity. Unlike other fractures, because it's an uncommon fracture type, the cuboid usually has other fractures or injuries associated with it if it does have a fracture. Recovery may take longer because of the multiple injuries, but isolated cuboid fracture takes the same amount of time as any fracture.

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