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Doctor insights on: Broken Fibula Recovery Time

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How much time does a broken fibula take to heal?

How much time does a broken fibula take to heal?

Depends on the: fracture. IF it needs surgery it will take anywhere from 8-12 weeks. If it is a simple non-dispalced fibula fracture at the distal ankle you may be back as early as 6-8 weeks. Fractures in general take 8 weeks to heal.

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I have a broken fibula and facing surgery or leg cast for 6 weeks. What is the healing time of surgery and what are benefits of it over the cast?

I have a broken fibula and facing surgery or leg cast for 6 weeks. What is the healing time of surgery and what are benefits of it over the cast?

Better results: The results that you can receive are dependent on the extent of the injury that you have. You are young and pending on the type of fracture (aligned?, stable? Involving the joint?) all come into play when deciding if surgery is better than cast. That being said, in general surgery has a better shot of providing a better out come. Your surgeon is in the best position to advise you.

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On average, how long will a broken fibula take to heal?

On average, how long will a broken fibula take to heal?

6 wks w/ proper care: Most fractures take approximately 6 weeks to heal assuming proper care. Although a non-weight bearing bone, fibula fractures can be painful with certain motions; be sure to get it properly evaluated and treated. See your doctor (family doctor, internist or orthopedic surgeon) for best results.

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How long does it take to recover from a broken fibula typically?

How long does it take to recover from a broken fibula typically?

8 to 12 weeks: A standard fractured bone that is in place without major displacement takes 8 to 12 weeks to heal in a healthy person with proper immobilization. Smoking, diabetes, osteoporosis, and other chronic conditions can prolong or delay this healing. Premature mobilization or weight bearing on the extremity could also cause delayed or non healing.

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How effectively would a healthy person recover from a broken fibula?

How effectively would a healthy person recover from a broken fibula?

6-8 weeks: A healthy person without confounding medical problems such as smoking, diabetes, bone or thyroid disease should recover from a fibular fracture in 6-8 weeks. The type of fracture also determines recovery time. Simple fractures heal within 6-8 weeks. More complex fractures take longer.

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Should 12 weeks healing be concerning for a broken fibula break?

Should 12 weeks healing be concerning for a broken fibula break?

Yes.: In most fibular fractures, healing should occur in abut 6 weeks. If the fracture is displaced a significant to a significant degree, then surgery may be indicated. Also, it may be a delayed union, or non-union, depending on the exact circumstances. An orthopedic surgeon, should be able to counsel you regarding this.

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Pain on outside of ankle from broken fibula. Is this normal or should I be concerned?

Pain on outside of ankle from broken fibula. Is this normal or should I be concerned?

Broken bones: Hurt, how long ago was in injured? Was there surgery involved? How bad was the break? How did it occur? What other damage was there? What have you tried to relieve the pain? What does the pain feel like?

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Can I run with a broken fibula?

Can I run with a broken fibula?

Depends: Only if it is a stable fracture pattern and you are comfortable enough to do so.

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What can I do for this pain on the outside of my ankle from broken fibula?

See your PCP for ---: A pain med like Ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen). You should be in a cast or a splint. Preferably see an orthopod who will be monitoring you healing. Do not walk on that side unless cleared by him/her. Rest, elevate the limb to reduce the pain and swelling as well.

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When u should u start rehab for a broken fibula and tibia?

When u should u start rehab for a broken fibula and tibia?

Wait Bearing: Once the bone callous is forming and the surgeon has removed the cast, (if there is one,) you can start with non-weight bearing exercises. Weight -bearing hat may be sooner if you are younger - and later if there is any problem with your balance/ coordination.

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When can I start running after a severe broken fibula and tibia?

When can I start running after a severe broken fibula and tibia?

Many factors: The location and severity of the injury are important. The healing of the bone is necessary, and you need to have the motion and strength in the leg before considering running.

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What r the symptoms of a slightly broken fibula. I got x-rays and I just want to know the symptoms?

What r the symptoms of a slightly broken fibula. I got x-rays and I just want to know the symptoms?

No such thing: It's either broken or not. You may have sprained your ankle which presents with pain, swelling on outside part of your ankle. Typically pain is below tip of bone. If your pain persist despite two weeks of treatment (splint:boot and crutches) you should followup with your orthopedist. May consider MRI to rule out an occult fracture.

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I have a broken fibula, I'm fairly active. What's the best kind of cast to have to accommodate that lifestyle?

I have a broken fibula, I'm fairly active. What's the best kind of cast to have to accommodate that lifestyle?

Fibula Fracture: Assuming it's a stable fracture and nondisplaced or minimally displaced you probably won't need a cast at all. A walking boot and weight bearing as tolerated is usually the most common recommendation in this situation. Best of luck!

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Should I be worried about pain being relatively the same as right after my surgery. I had 3 screws and a plate put in to fix my broken fibula.

Pain after fx pinnin: This would largely depend on how LONG after your PIN AND PLATE SURGERY you are. Perhaps you could respond and inform where the pin is and how long after surgery you are, how severe pain is and if pain occurs at rest OR only on ambulation.

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What can be done if oxycontin is ineffective in treating the pain in my leg from a broken fibula?

Re-evaluation: Oxycontin is not typically prescribed for a fibula fracture as it is a strong, long-lasting narcotic pain med. If your pain is not controlled with ice, elevation, splinting, and narcotic pain meds, you should be re-evaluated by the er or your orthopaedist.

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Please advise if it's normal for my leg to get thinner where my broken fibula is located?

Please advise if it's normal for my leg to get thinner where my broken fibula is located?

Yes: This occurs because of muscle atrophy, which means that the muscle decrease in size/mass as a result of not being used. Typically your muscle strength and mass will be restored once you are able to work on physical therapy/strengthening after your injury.

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Do you have to wear a boot while sleeping with a broken fibula?

Do you have to wear a boot while sleeping with a broken fibula?

Broken Fibula: It depends on where the break is and how bad it is. Sometimes your doctor will want you to wear the boot while sleeping in order to keep things in a good position.