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How long should swelling last with compound fracture of tibia and fibula?

How long should swelling last with compound fracture of tibia and fibula?

Variable: Can last for awhile but see your surgeon to rule out infection... ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Compound Fracture (Definition)

Is an older term for open fracture. When the fractured bone comes out thru the skin at the time of injury. In a low grade mild open fracture there may only be a pinhole in the skin but the shape and direction of the fracture pushes the bone out for a second before it vanishes. In a severe open fracture with a big wound its more obviuos that the bone is out. All need ...Read more


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What's the best treatment for compound fracture of tibia and fibula?

What's the best treatment for compound fracture of tibia and fibula?

Wash out and surgery: A compound fracture is one in which the fracture bone (s) penetrate through the skin. This is a surgical emergency that requires immediate attention. The initial goal during surgery is to thoroughly irrigate (wash out) and debride (clean up) the bone and tissues in an attempt to prevent infection. At the same time, the fractures are repaired, often using rod for the tibia & possibly a fibular plate. ...Read more

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What is the typical healing time for a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula?

What is the typical healing time for a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula?

Unpredictable: The healing time is very dependent on the amount of soft tissue damage that occurs at the time of the fracture. Compound fractures are those that have an opening in the skin associated with them, but it's not the opening but rather the amount of skin, tissue and bone loss as well as possible injuries to blood vessels and nerves that determines the time for healing. ...Read more

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Compound fractures both tibia and fibula in the upper part of my leg. What should be the amount pressure of walking on it. It happen three months ago. Can I walk in a pool or swim. Also my doc told me a month after it happen I could ride an exercise bike.

Compound fractures both tibia and fibula in the upper part of my leg. What should be the amount pressure of walking on it. It happen three months ago. Can I walk in a pool or swim. Also my doc told me a month after it happen I could ride an exercise bike.

Depends on xray: How much weight you can put on it depends on the amount of healing present on the latest x-ray. Usually progress from non weight bearing to touch down weight bearing to full weight bearing. All of the above as tolerated. Pain is your guide in addition to your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the post-surgery treatment for a compound fracture of the tibia?

What is the post-surgery treatment for a compound fracture of the tibia?

Casting and therapy: Compound fracture of your tibia requiring surgery likely means you had teel rod/plates and screws to stabilize the tibia. After surgery, you may need casting, possible a removable cast. Non-weight-bearing (no walking on that leg) for several weeks, then partial wt bearing etc. Physically therapy is almost always recommended during this process. Ask questions and follow doc's advice. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you get a fracture of the tibia and fibula?

Certainly: Yes and its a significant injury
it can happen in a bad twisting fall or a car
accident
many fractures such as you describe will
need surgical fixation for the best result of the
injury
some that are nondisplaced will just require
a prolonged period of immobilization. ...Read more

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How long it takes the tibia and fibula to heal naturally of a displaced to same position and direction fracture.?

Breaking Bad.: I am not quite sure what you mean by "displaced fractures of tibia and fibula healing naturally". It sounds like you mean with no fracture reduction or fixation. You might rephrase your question. ...Read more

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I completely fractured my tibia/fibula. During surgery, a rod was placed through my tibia, but my fibula remains split in half. Is this normal?

Yes: I know it may not sound quite "right" to you, but that is what is typically done. By stabilizing the tibia with a rod, the leg is stabilized allowing the fibula to heal without instrumentation of the fibula itself. ...Read more

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I fractured my tibia and fibula in December. Is it normal to still have pain in the area 10 months on? Finding it's been aching a lot recently

I fractured my tibia and fibula in December. Is it normal to still have pain in the area 10 months on? Finding it's been aching a lot recently

Maybe: You should follow up with your orthopaedic surgeon. Fractures are normally healed by this point, but there can be many causes of pain including nonunion, malunion, infection, and various other soft tissue derangements. ...Read more

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How to speed up fracture healing of tibia and fibula?

How to speed up fracture healing of tibia and fibula?

Ultrasound: Tibial shaft fracture are slow healers. The average time to healing in a simple tibia fracture is about 4.5 months. There is one study that suggests applying a medical device that emits pulses of ultrasound waves to the bone for twenty minutes a day can decrease the healing time approximately by three weeks. You can argue if this is a benefit or not in a slow healing fracture. ...Read more

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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?

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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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?

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

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If one had a growth plate fracture in the fibula and it stunt fibula growth but tibia unaffected, could the tibia in the leg become too long for fibula?

If one had a growth plate fracture in the fibula and it stunt fibula growth but tibia unaffected, could the tibia in the leg become too long for fibula?

Pediatric fractures: The tibia will continue grow which will cause an angular deformity. The person ankle will turn outward. ...Read more

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What to do if I fell and put all my weight on my non-weight bearing leg. I have a tibia/fibula fracture.?

What to do if I fell and put all my weight on my non-weight bearing leg. I have a tibia/fibula fracture.?

See your Orthopod: Who has been treating you for your FX and let him examine you and get a XRs on your leg/ankle.
Do what he tells you.
Good luck. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a bimalleolar fracture of the left tibia and lateral malleolar fracture of fibula. How long for healing?

What to do if I have a bimalleolar fracture of the left tibia and lateral malleolar fracture of fibula. How long for healing?

Bimalleolar: Ankle fractures typically take 8 weeks to heal. 99% pf them need surgery unless you are infirm, ILL or don't walk. IF it needs surgery it will take anywhere from 8-12 weeks for full recovery. You typically cannot bear weight until about 6-8 weeks even with surgery. The plates and screws hold the bones in place so they can heal in the proper position, they DON'T support your weight. ...Read more

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I recently suffered a tibia and fibula Fracture. What are some ways I can safely strengthen the muscles to prevent any muscle tears?

I recently suffered a tibia and fibula Fracture. What are some ways I can safely strengthen the muscles to prevent any muscle tears?

Talk to your doctor: Your are not at risk for ongoing muscle tears at this point. Muscle may have been injured at the time of your injury but should not be at risk now. The return to exercise and strengthening depends on the amount of bone healing that has occurred and the overall stability of your fracture. ...Read more

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Had car accident in2008which fractured my tibia and fibula. When doing squats there’s a constant pop sound from my knee. It’s not painful. I’m worried?

Had car accident in2008which fractured my tibia and fibula. When doing squats there’s a constant pop sound from my knee. It’s not painful. I’m worried?

See ortho or PMR doc: You are correct to be concerned. Post traumatic arthritis can be the problem and should be examined. Taking precautions now will prolong the life of the knee joint. ...Read more

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Had a surgical repair to my right leg due to a fracture to my tibia and fibula, many screws, 6" plate. What does recovery look like over time?

6 + weeks: A simple fracture may heal as early as 6 weeks, but more complex fractures of the leg may take many months to heal. Your orthopedic surgeon will take xrays to evaluate healing and is the best person to tell you how long it might take. Typically you are non weight bearing during the early phases of healing. ...Read more

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In June 2014 I broke my tibia, fibula and ankle. Now I have discovered a pea sized hard lump over my tibia fracture site. What could this lump be?

In June 2014 I broke my tibia, fibula and ankle. Now I have discovered a pea sized hard lump over my tibia fracture site. What could this lump be?

Lump: Could be some of the hardware used to fixate the fracture backing out. Or as bone heals sometimes there are Spurs that form around the fracture sites. Best bet would be to check with the surgeon that performed the surgery and have the area examined. ...Read more

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I'm nailing 4 tibia fibula fracture&a plaster beneath knee on for 6weeks. What improvement should I expect from xray when plaster. Taken off 2day? Anxious

Fracture care: At 6 wks s/p im nailing of tib/fib with removal of cast, the typical radiography would show bone callus and at least 75% healing across fracture sites. This is usually seen in a healthy patient with no co-morbidities. ...Read more

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Is it difficult to see a fracture ot the talus. I fractured my ft. Ankle and tibia and fibula 3 mo ago ankle & top foot still hurt?

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Is it difficult to see a fracture ot the talus. I fractured my ft. Ankle and tibia and fibula 3 mo ago ankle & top foot still hurt?

Foot pain: Talar fractures can occasionally be difficult to see, as can other fractures to bones in the foot/ankle. It sounds like you had a lot of fractures - the healing, along with having to change how you bear weight on that foot, may be the cause of your pain. I'd get the opinion of your orthopedic surgeon, as he/she may recommend additional imaging. ...Read more

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I'm 21 years old and I slipped on ice and happened to fracture my ankle specifically my tibia, fibula and talus. It was described to me as cracks on both sides of my ankle. I was told that after 1 month I would be able to start walking in my cast. So a mo

See Orthopedist: The fracture you are describing is a serious fracture and usually requires surgical repair. Often a plate and screws are needed. 6 weeks no weight bearing at all then 6 weeks in a walking boot. Talk to an orthopedist about your fracture. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
792 Doctors shared insights

Fracture (Definition)

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


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
2,317 Doctors shared insights

Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more