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Fibula Fracture Healing Time
Treatment of : Need to be casted or get a cam walker , non-weight bearing with crutches or walker for 4-6 weeks. Get consecutive x-rays to make sure the bone is healed before starting to put pressure on the foot. Have diet with lots of green vegetables and yogurt to improve bone healing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
If radiological and clinical exam suggest very minimal healing for lateral malleolus fibula fracture [no plates/pins], should I be walking on it?
Displaced fibula fracture 5" below knee. It's been 6 weeks with no sign of bone healing. Does it have a chance at healing still or is this non Union?
Healing: If you have not seen a leg specialist you must go as soon as possible. If you have seen the specialist and things have not improved you must let him/her know. Hope all goes well - please keep me posted. ...Read more
I have an avulsion of the distal fibula fracture due to a high ankle sprain. What is the the common treatment for this type of injury?
Depends: If the fracture is displaced it may need surgical fixation. If its not displaced then bracing for 6-8 weeks minimum and then return to rehab until fully healed. It can take several month to get full healing. Other options include possible platelet or stem cell based therapies that may help healing faster/more fully. Check out Regenexx.Com. ...Read more
Depends: The location of the fracture is important to when you will be able to go back to activities. The closer to your "ankle" the fracture is the more restrictions you will have. On average bone heals in about 2-3 months everything else being equal. If you smoke or use any nicotine products that can almost double the time it takes for the fracture to heal. ...Read more
I have a distal fibula fracture non displaced and I was wondering how long I would be in a cast and what is the recovery time?
Depends: Healing typically takes 6-8 weeks, but some pain may persist for longer or permanently. ...Read more
I had a fibula fracture 6 weeks ago. I am not sure if it has healed. Can some one take a look at it and give an assessment.
Xray: It's best to get an x-ray. If you are no longer having pain, it's likely well on its way to being healed. ...Read more
Nope.: Distal fibula and lateral ankle fractures usually repond well to immobilization and time. Displaced fractures may require open reduction and fixation. If there is an associated loss of soft tissue coverage, nerve damage with loss of sensation or complications with the circulation or infection, then an amputation may need to be considered. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Very unlikely: A fibula fracture would not warrant an amputation unless you have some reason that the surgical wound fails to heal and it gets a very bad infection. If you're diabetic or have very bad vascular disease, this may lead to a delayed amputation, but this is very unlikely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: If your inner ankle doesn't hurt this may be a stable brake and some would put you in a walking boot immediately. Some docs may error on the side of caution or if you tore the inner deltoid ligament a cast will help stabilize things and is usually used for 4-6 weeks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies : Isolated fibula fractures typically heal over about 6-8 weeks. Occupationall therapy usually involves more injury to the upper extremities and so is usually not used in fibula fractures. If any therapy, it is usuLky physical therapy. We usually evaluate the patient at 6-8 weeks; if doing well, then no PT, if coming along slow we will do PT then. ...Read more
It tells a lot: It means the outside of the ankle bone (fibula) is broken at the level of the ankle joint, and can extend outward and sometimes upward. The other side of the ankle can sometimes be sprained or have a fracture.The Danis Weber classifications help guide treatment. Type A fractures might do well with a cast or walking boot. Type B fractures might nonweightbearing or surgery. Type C needs surgery. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Persistent swelling after these kind of ankle injuries is the most common complaint. Periodic elevation above heart and head as well as reduced standing and walking can help. Compressive hose, ace wrap, ted hose, or ankle sleeve can also help. Eventually the swelling will stop, but give your body time to heal. ...Read more
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
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