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I have a fractured fibula that is not healing right, what is the next step to correct the healing?

I have a fractured fibula that is not healing right, what is the next step to correct the healing?

Energy: 50's female with non-healing fibula fracture needs to review FDA-approved electromagnetic field therapy. Mild physical exercises via walking & aquatherapy stimulate tissue growth factors. Electro-acupuncture probably does same. Nutrition, Vit's C & D, sun exposure, Calcium, Magnesium & horsetail herb tinctures conjoin to maximize the healing event. ...Read more

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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 is the usual recovery time for a fractured fibula in the ankle?

What is the usual recovery time for a fractured fibula in the ankle?

Fibula fracture: A standard fractured bone that is in place without major displacement takes 8 to 12 weeks to heal in a healthy person with proper immobilization. Smoking, diabetes, osteoporosis, and other chronic conditions can prolong or delay this healing. Premature mobilization or weight bearing on the extremity could also cause delayed or non healing. ...Read more

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How much time does it take to heal from a spiral fractured fibula (at ankle area)?

How much time does it take to heal from a spiral fractured fibula (at ankle area)?

Fracture: bone typically takes between 6-8 weeks to heal itself. primary healing is faster - through surgery - the fracture is reduced, fixated and heals 4-5 weeks. secondary healing is slower - the bone is not fixated - may be casted, the body forms a blood clot that calcifies and becomes bone. 6-8 weeks ...Read more

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How much time does it take to heal from a "spiral" fractured fibula (at ankle area)?

How much time does it take to heal from a "spiral" fractured fibula (at ankle area)?

Be patient...: Any fracture that occurs takes 6-8 weeks to heal and a year to completely remodel. The fibula is a Non weight bearing bone, so it heals well barring any complications. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how much time does a patient have to wait for an operation on a fractured fibula?

I'm wondering how much time does a patient have to wait for an operation on a fractured fibula?

See an orthopaedist: See an orthopaedic surgeon who cares for trauma. She or he can assess you and give you the options. Depending on your exact condition, surgery may or may not be necessary. If surgery is suggested, it is best done shortly after the accident (unless delayed by swelling, skin problems, other injuries/issues) since the healing starts immediately. Waiting too long make the surgery harder. ...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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Treatment of undisplaced fibula fracture. And after how much time can I start walking?

Treatment of undisplaced fibula fracture. And after how much time can I start walking?

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 more

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I've been diagnosed with an acute avulsion fracture of the fibula head. What is the typical treatment & recovery time for this injury?

I've been diagnosed with an acute avulsion fracture of the fibula head.   What is  the typical treatment & recovery time for this injury?

Fibulae head avulsn: One needs to be concerned regarding the injury to the surrounding tissue like the PCL or posterior lateral corner . I.e. The fibulae head avulsion is the tip of the iceberg ,as in jury to the other structures can lead to significant knee problems. It would be prudent to undergo an MRI to assess the total injury as treatment then is based on the accuracy of the diagnosis. Consider a virtual consu ...Read more

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What could happen if I put weight on my fractured fibula?

Depends on fracture: Some fibula fractures are stable meaning that it is ok to put weight on them and they will still heal. Others are unstable so they either require surgery or in some cases non weight bearing. It would be best to discuss it with your Orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more