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What are the benefits and drawbacks of weight bearing as early as 3 weeks post fibula fracture as opposed to resting for 5 weeks with elevation.

What are the benefits and drawbacks of weight bearing as early as 3 weeks post fibula fracture as opposed to resting for 5 weeks with elevation.

Reframe the fracture: Because of limitations in the framing of your question, it is difficult to say. The severity of the fracture as well as the type of fracture given in relation to the fracture are really important to know. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Malerman
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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


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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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5 weeks ago, spiral proximal fibula fracture causing the majority of ligaments in ankle to tear/rupture. Began partial weight bearing. Full weight?

5 weeks ago, spiral proximal fibula fracture causing the majority of ligaments in ankle to tear/rupture. Began partial weight bearing. Full weight?

Need to clarify: A proximal fibular fracture would be just below the knee, a distal fracture would be at or near the ankle. The tibia is the main weight-bearing bone of the lower leg so you may need a few more weeks at least. The partial weight-bearing may also be due to the ligament injuries. ...Read more

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Can u stress a healing fracture out by doing rehab while its healin but no weight bearing tibula and fibula?

Can u stress a healing fracture out by doing rehab while its healin but no weight bearing tibula and fibula?

Usualy not: You are not weight bearing but using the pressure from the muscles around the bone, if fracture is stable you should not have any problem. ...Read more

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One month after fibula ankle fracture. I am partial weight bearing, on my feet more than normal today. Entire lower leg swollen, is it normal?

One month after fibula ankle fracture. I am partial weight bearing, on my feet more than normal today. Entire lower leg swollen, is it normal?

It could: Some persistent swelling is not unusual even a month after fracturing your ankle. You can also get swelling from not using your leg muscles like normal. If the swelling is a lot more than usual, and it is painful consult with your doctor. ...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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How long does pain from a distal fibula fracture last?

How long does pain from a distal fibula fracture last?

Depends: Healing typically takes 6-8 weeks, but some pain may persist for longer or permanently. ...Read more

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How much time would it take to recover from a lower 1/3 fibula fracture?

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

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Does distal fibula fracture have good blood supply?

Does distal fibula fracture have good blood supply?

Distal fibula: Yes. Generally the distal fibula has a good blood supply and heals reliably well. Metabolic problems and lack of immobilization can lead to non-union of a distal fibula fracture. ...Read more

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Distal fibula fracture - is it possible to have an amputation?

Distal fibula fracture - is it possible to have an amputation?

Not usually: The fibula is the smaller bone in the lower leg. Fractures may require casting or surgery. There would have to be other injuries to result in the need for such a drastic procedure. ...Read more

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Distal fibula fracture - is it recommended to have an amputation?

Distal fibula fracture - is it recommended to have an amputation?

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 more

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Is it possible to have any amputation for distal fibula fracture?

Is it possible to have any amputation for distal fibula fracture?

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 more

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How long will I have a hard cast for a non-displaced fibula fracture?

How long will I have a hard cast for a non-displaced fibula fracture?

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 more

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Acute fibula fracture, when to start ocupational therapy?

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

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What does "minimally displaced distal fibula fracture Weber B" mean?

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

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What is it like to walk after a fibula fracture after the cast is removed?

What is it like to walk after a fibula fracture after the cast is removed?

Ankle stiffness: Your ankle will be stiff with restricted range of motion out of the cast. That will improve over time. You will have some pain in that ankle originally until you regain your full motion. ...Read more

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Recovery time and precautions following distal fibula fracture and orif.?

Depends: On the fracture type, how well the surgery went, what the doc saw intraoperatively....Hence, all these questions should be discussed with your surgeon. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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