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What types of exercise/physical therapy can someone with a type b lateral malleolus (ankle/fibula) fracture do to stay fit?

What types of exercise/physical therapy can someone with a type b lateral malleolus (ankle/fibula) fracture do to stay fit?

Several.: Swimming. Aqua-aerobics. Weight training. Etc. When fractures heal, wearing an ankle brace and using a schwinn-airdyne would be best! other sporting activities can be aqdapted, but check with your orthopedist! ...Read more

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Would it be better if non displaced weber b distal fibula fractures with soft tissue and partial aftl and deltoidligament tears be treated operatively?

Would it be better if non displaced weber b distal fibula fractures with soft tissue and partial aftl and deltoidligament tears be treated operatively?

Depends on stability: Nondisplaced weber b fractures can often be treated nonsurgically. The decision to operate on these depends on the stability of the deltoid ligament. An orthopaedic surgeon can evaluate your xrays and perform a stress xray of your ankle to test for this and help you make decisions regarding surgery. Surgery does not heal the ankle faster, just with the bones in a better position when necessary. ...Read more

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Help please? How long for a broken distal fibula to heal?

Help please? How long for a broken distal fibula 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. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a radiologist writes "Lucency is noted in the distal fibula doubtful significance"?

What does it mean when a radiologist writes "Lucency is noted in the distal fibula doubtful significance"?

Lucency is when : The area of the bone is darker in color. Keep in mind bone is white. So a lucency or dark color would indicate a lack of bone in that area. Sometimes, it could be due to a cyst which would be a hollow type area because of lack of bone. Sometimes there could be a shadow effect or overlap of bone and that could be a reason they don't feel there is significance. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a distal fibula avulsion about two weeks ago. Why does it hurt when I press down with my toes, but not when I push up?

I was diagnosed with a distal fibula avulsion about two weeks ago.  Why does it hurt when I press down with my toes, but not when I push up?

Varies : There are several potential explanations for this. Plantar flexion will have a tendency to stretch the peroneal tendons, which are right near your zone if injury and so this may be irritating it. Dorsiflexuon will tend to relax them. This should resolve as you recover from your injury, I would let your doctor know in your follow up visit. ...Read more