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A 24-year-old female asked:

I have a distal fibula fracture non displaced and i was wondering how long i would be in a cast and what is the recovery time?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
I always wonder: Whyi when you are put in the cast that is not discussed? Bone takes approx 6-8 weeks to heal. Xrays and clinical findings are taken into account so it does not mean you are in the cast the entire time.
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Addiction Medicine 33 years experience
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Mar 28, 2015

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A 38-year-old female asked:

How long will I have a hard cast for a non-displaced fibula fracture?

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Dr. James Chen
Sports Medicine 15 years experience
It depends: It takes 8 weeks for bone to heal in a healthy person who does not smoke. A non-displaced fracture could be put into a cast or a walking boot, depending how stable it is. A conservative physician would have you in one for 6 to 8 weeks. More aggressive would be for 2 to 4 week and then transition to a boot when an xray shows good callus formation at the fracture site.

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