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Can You Wear High Heels With A Fractured Tibia
A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more
Heal bone first: Tibias heal poorly and can go on to monunion they usually should be nailed enknee motion to follow sometimes weight bering depending on frx pattern and fixation heal first them strengthen straight leg raises are a classic keeps quad strong. ...Read more
I had surgery for a fractured tibia and fibula with IM nail. In a boot now and my leg feels like jelly and heavy. Is this normal?
When surgery done?: The first question I have is, how long has it been since surgery? There are a couple of concerns if the injury was recent. You could have a deep vein clot. That's serious and you would need eval for that right away. The other possibility is nerve injury or maybe a regional block was done? You should have a set of post op instructions. Read that and then contact your ortho doc, discuss what to do. ...Read more
Mom fractured tibia and fibula on right foot. She had surgery recently. We noticed a large swelling on her right, fibula side. Left side doesn't. why?
I would like to get a second opinion for my daughter she is 47yrs, handicapped, she has a fractured tibia (right leg), the fracture occurred 6/29/2011, it would apprear she is not healing well, she has limited mobility, and is treated for various neuro a
Her: Her fracture is more than 6 months old at this time. That is called a non union. You mention that she is handicap in general terms so it is difficult to see the impact of the fracture in her quality of life. If she has pain, and is having difficulty with mobility whatever it may be or difficulty with basic care the fracture should be addressed. Non invasive management would include functional bracing with a bone stimulator. Other options are surgical. Thomas jefferson should have some fine orthopedist to help your daughter. Hope all goes well with your daughter. ...Read more
Varies: Varies somewhat based upon the fracture, but most heal by about 12 weeks. ...Read more
Usuallly a Rod: Depending upon the location of the fracture, and the type of fracture, various rx are available - the intramedullary nail is the commonest. Plates and screws are used nearer the knee and ankle. Occasionally, an external fixator is used. ...Read more
Healing time: The average healing time for a tibia fracture that did not break through the skin is 4.5 months. For fractures that are more severe or break through the skin the average time is increased to 5.5 months. ...Read more
2-3mo: While most bones heal on average in 6 wks, the tibia is prone to delayed healing or even non healing. Partially as this bone is not fully encased in vascular muscle tissue and vascularity= healing. It isn't unusual for this bone to take upwards of 3+ mo to heal. And in adults often warrants surgery as well to stabilize the break while it heals. ...Read more
Healed fractured leg: Closed chain exercises coupled with aquatic therapy can be very helpful and useful for a healing tibia. By lower impact work the agonist and antagonist muscles can start to fire rhythm and healing can be promoted. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on location of the tibia fracture. IF you have not seen an orthopaedic surgeon yet, you should. Majority of adults need surgical treatment of tibia fractures whether they are proximal, shaft or distal types. Rule of thumb for most fractures-12 weeks for bone to heal if you are healthy and the bones are well aligned. Do you have xrays handy? ...Read more
2-3 months to heal: A fractured tibia is a significant injury. Closed, non-operative management for stable well-aligned fractures treated in a cast would be expected to heal in about 2-3 months. Worse injuries that require surgery and a long intramedullary nail or a plate and screws (or similar), may take longer to heal, especially if there is a loss of tissue (skin, muscle, etc.) from around the fracture area. ...Read more
Seek: If you already haven't, you should see an orthopedic surgeon. Depending on the location of the tibial fracture, it may or may not need surgical repair. As a diabetic, you are more prone to osteopenic-type fractures (due to bone loss) and delayed healing times. As long as your diabetes is under control, normal healing times prevail. ...Read more
Yes...: Smoking is known to delay the healing process. ...Read more
Does a 90 year old with a displaced, slightly fractured tibia have to have surgery or can it be put in a cast?
Possibly: Depending on the patient's medical condition, and preinjury walking status, and the exact nature of the fracture (i.e. how displaced is the fracture?), a minimally displaced fracture often can be treated without surgery (i.e. a cast). However, the final decision will depend on the exact imaging findings and the opinion of your orthopedist. ...Read more
Will weight have an effect on healing of broken tibia? Fractured with a rod. Walk on it, but it hurts. I am an obese 40 yr old female
How do I take care of a fractured tibia with no midical insurance. ...its a stable fracture as far as I kno as well?
What's the worst case scenario for not getting a potentially fractured tibia checked out? If anything itd be a slight fracture definitely not displaced
Worst case: Not going to your doctor for physical exam and x-ray is the worst case!! ...Read more
What is the best treatment option for a 90 year old with a slightly fractured tibia, who also has problems healing wounds and poor circulation?
Fractured tibia medial malleolus non displaced no surgery, 13wks and no healing on xray. Will bearing weight or massage help healing?
Bone stimulator: As long as there is no displacement, it may just need a little jump start. The best way to do achieve this is via a bone stimulator. A device about the size of an ipod is strapped to your leg and transmits a current across the fracture site. Such a charge is actually a physiologic response to bone healing. ...Read more
Fractured tibia 11/17/13. Visited doctor today, said its good. To start running, what do you guys think? How much longer til I play soccer again?
That is about 10 we-:
Eks ago, since you fractured the bone, so most likely its healed by now. Its healed if your doc told you so. I am sure he must have examined you and had xrays done.
You should do as he suggested and slowly build up the muscles and get the stiffness out of the joints, and over the next 2 months you should be able to start practicing and be ready for soccer in another 4-6 weeks. Check with your doc. ...Read more
Fractured tibia 11/17/13, transverse fractured. Started walking on my own 12/25. I visit the doctor and he told me that it has good grip ad I should start running on it. Soccer soon? X-ray in profile
Tibia: Usually after about 6 weeks if the x-ray looks good. Start slow at first. ...Read more
Fractured tibia ankle surgery I on & off starve myself then eat "normal" & binge. Can this cause that I broke my ankle and tibia at only 35 yrs old?
Likely contributed: I'm glad you're recognizing there can be connections between 1 problem and others when it comes to health issues. Nutritional deficiencies are only 1 risk related to eating disorders, and many can be serious. Reccomend talking with a primary care doctor about your overall health, and with counselor about eating and related issues. ...Read more
How long does it take to heal from a fractured tibia 3" above ankle and a compression fracture to the femur right below the knee. No surgery needed.
The sentence 4 a fx-: -as U describe R served concurrently. U will B in a cast which should B long leg. I am assuming the compression fx it in the tibia, not the femur if it's below the knee. Young health kid like U, U should B out in 7-8 weeks & ready to play again in another 3-5. Need 2 get motion back & especially strength. ...Read more
10yr old fractured tibia and fibia and cast just removed. X-ray still shows fracture in fibia and it's not aligned. Doc said it will correct itself. Now in walking boot. Can I use the boot for 2weeks then put her into a stabilizing ankle brace until the f
Fractured fibula: Should be cared for as directed by your physician such as using the walking boot for the full recommended length of time. Based on information you provided can't give additional advice because I don't know when the fracture took place, where in the tibia/fibula it is and how displaced the fracture is. This type of injury really needs to be seen and followed in an office setting. ...Read more
# closed fracture of tibia shaft & fibula neck & post op pulmonary thromoembolism, doi 26 dec 12, dos 29 dec 12, hw long it will take to heel & weigh?
Depends: Depends on age and bone quality of patient it goes from 2 month to six month. ...Read more
Tibia Healing Time:
Closed tibia fractures heal on average of 4.5 months. Open tibia fracturesor fractures that have an open wound heal on average of 5, 5 months. Revoery time is longer then healing time of bone because of injury to the tissue around the tibia. Total recovery may take 12 to 18 months to reach a base line status.
Possibly 1+ yrs: Depending on the severity of your fracture, recovery from trauma such as a long bone fracture can take upwards of 1 year, possibly 2. As you are healing your fracture, your activities are likely limited. As a result, your surrounding musculature may become deconditioned. It takes a long time to build back that endurance and strength. ...Read more
If someone suffered a growth plate fracture in the fibula of a leg and it led to stunted growth, could that mean the tibia could "outgrow" the fibula?
Fibula fx: More likely if it indeed led to stunted growth that the lack of growth of the fibula held back appropriate growth of the tibia and that led to the growth problems. Your fibula usually does not determine height because it is a non-weight bearing bone, but in that instance it could have effect on height. ...Read more
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