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6 weeks since sim broken fibula and ankle sprain. Still have some pain, swelling and numbness at fx site.Normal? Still have cam walker

6 weeks since sim broken fibula and ankle sprain. Still have some pain, swelling and numbness at fx site.Normal? Still have cam walker

Yes: It normally takes 10 to 12 weeks for the fibula to heal. Swelling is a common feature during tissue recovery and healing which can last 6 to 8 months or longer. It generally is not permanent. Numbness relates to a stretching injury event to the nerves at the time of your fracture. Be patient with issues of swelling. This is normal. Pain is also normal at this time. Things should be getting better. ...Read more

Dr. Peter Ihle
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Severe ankle sprain 3 wks ago. Orthopedic put in cam walker. looked like a balloon when first injured it and still pretty swollen. Is this normal?

Severe ankle sprain 3 wks ago. Orthopedic put in cam walker. looked like a balloon when first injured it and still pretty swollen. Is this normal?

Not unusual.: Ankle sprains are categorized by amount and degree of injury. Your sprain was "severe" which means multiple soft tissue structures were injured and ankle stability compromised--thus the cam walker. Very common for this type of injury to swell and stay swollen for extended periods. Some patients have residual swelling long term after severe sprains. Physical therapy can be very beneficial. ...Read more

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Just had cast removed for severely sprain ankle, still have some pain with walking and still swollen. Have cam walker for 2-4 weeks, all normal?

Just had cast removed for severely  sprain ankle, still have some pain with walking and still swollen. Have cam walker for 2-4 weeks, all normal?

Within expected...: range of experiences: you may find physical therapy for strengthening, ankle stabilization, and proprioceptive training useful to avoid recurrent ankle injury. Ask your doctor, and best wishes to you. ...Read more

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Why am i still having difficulty bearing weight on ankle without cam walker? Simple fibula fracture with sprain.

Why am i still having difficulty bearing weight on ankle without cam walker? Simple fibula fracture with sprain.

Tendon damage: Altho the tibial fracture may be completely healed, sprained and torn tendons may take a lot longer to heal up. Suggest re-examination by ortho, or a short course of physical therapy to treat for disuse and conditioning. ...Read more

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Will a navicular stress fracture still heal if i 'walk' in my cam walker without flexing my ankle? It is so hard to deal with two kids on crutches.

Will a navicular stress fracture still heal if i 'walk' in my cam walker without flexing my ankle? It is so hard to deal with two kids on crutches.

Navicular fracture: It will heal because the cam walker has a rocker bottom sole wich helps keep the foot from completing a complete gait cycle. With that said it will heal faster if you immobilize it completely. Any fracture takes anywhere from 4-8 weeks to heal with proper immobility. ...Read more

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A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more