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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera Dr. LaBarbera
Pediatrics
24 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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


Dr. Jeffrey Sider Dr. Sider
Sports Medicine
35 years in practice
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
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How long does a hairline fractured on my fibula take to heal?I hurt it 2 thursdays ago and will I be able to play in soccer game monday?

How long does a hairline fractured on my fibula take to heal?I hurt it 2 thursdays ago and will I be able to play in soccer game monday?

Probably not: Usually i would figure 4-6 weeks for a minor fibula fracture to heal a more significant fibula fracure with displacement and cast will take 6-8 weeks to heal. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Ferry Dr. Ferry
Orthopedic Surgery - Pediatric
15 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Can you tell me how long does it take to heal from a "spiral" fractured fibula (at ankle area)?

Can you tell me how long does it take to heal from a "spiral" fractured fibula (at ankle area)?

About 6 weeks : Typically about 6 weeks. This can take longer if you have diabetes, poor bone quality or smoke. ...Read more

Dr. Jason Armstrong Dr. Armstrong
Podiatry
19 years in practice
California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University
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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

Dr. Doug Mason Dr. Mason
Podiatry
29 years in practice
Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University
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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

Dr. Tal David Dr. David
Orthopedic Surgery
23 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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Does a fractured fibula heal if you don't see a doctor?

Fibula: Usually yes. The issue is what position the fibula is in when it heals. If it is not properly aligned, you may develop knee or ankle problems after it heals. ...Read more

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Dr. Austin Yeargan III Dr. Yeargan III
Orthopedic Surgery
20 years in practice
Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
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Suffered a fractured fibula and ruptured deltoid ligament that required surgical repair. Are long-term consequences likely?

Suffered a fractured fibula and ruptured deltoid ligament that required surgical repair. Are long-term consequences likely?

Anatomic: Not if the repair is anatomic and you didn't suffer an injury to the articular cartilage of the talus at the time of the injury. It's usually impossible to tell if there has been any cartilage damage actutely and if there is it can take decades to be experienced clinically or be seen on plain films. ...Read more

Dr. Monica Wood Dr. Wood
Surgery - Hand Surgery
24 years in practice
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Surgery? Should this be properly aligned. Broken fibula 2 places ! broken fibula, mid lower section top break, still in alignment but fracture. Lower break separated and off to the side not in alignment but. Back of heal and ankle burning. I have a splint

Surgery? Should this be properly aligned. Broken fibula 2 places ! broken fibula, mid lower section top break, still in alignment but fracture. Lower break separated and off to the side not in alignment but. Back of heal and ankle burning. I have a splint

Without : Without seeing the images, it is difficult to know how much of the fibula is broken and how displaced it really is. The symptoms you're having sound like part of the peroneal nerve is irritated--either from swelling or from the fracture. Most of these injuries are stretch or bruising injuries, called neurapraxias, that resolve with time, usually about 3 months. Occasionally, a nerve can be severed, but usually there is muscle weakness to show the more severe injury. In principle, fractures of the fibular shaft are left to heal without surgery. We can remove a large portion of the fibula as bone graft without significant adverse effects, so we know the mid-portion of the fibula does not provide structural stability. The closer to the knee, however, the more likely to affect the common peroneal nerve and the closer to the ankle, the more likely the fracture will affect ankle stability. There are key ligaments that stabilize the ankle in the area known as the syndesmosis. These ligaments can take longer to heal than a fracture or lower ankle injury. Talk to your treating physician about the location of the fractures relative to the important structures. ...Read more

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Dr. Rahul Banerjee Dr. Banerjee
Orthopedic Surgery
18 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Edward Hellman Dr. Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
25 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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What to do if I fractured fibula, questions about recovery?

Be seen: Be seen and thoroughly evaluated. Isolated fibula fractures do very well being treated non-operatively; but some fibula fractures are associated with other components to an injury and require surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Laurence Badgley Dr. Badgley
General Practice
49 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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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. Thomas Deberardino Dr. Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery
28 years in practice
New York Medical College
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What are physical therapy exercises for a fractured fibula?

What are physical therapy exercises for a fractured fibula?

Motion and strength: A fibula fracture usually requires. Bit of immobilization which can cause stiffness nd muscle trophy. Physical therapy will help maximize functional recovery by first negating stiffness and obtaining full motion. Next, atrophy from disuse is reversed with a strengthening program. Finally, balance, endurance nd gait retraining are employed return your extremity as close o normal as possible. ...Read more

Dr. James Chen Dr. Chen
Sports Medicine
11 years in practice
UC Davis School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Michael Bolesta Dr. Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
36 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Steven Sheskier Dr. Sheskier
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
35 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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I have a mid shaft fractured fibula it's been two weeks exactly and can walk with little to no pain is ok to being working out in the pool ?

Yes but confirm: Mid shaft fractures of the fibula unassociated with an injury to the ligaments holding the tibia and the fibula together (syndesmosis) are usually caused b a direct blow to the fibula. They are a nuisance fracture and are treated symptomatically. Follow up xrays by your doctor are necessary. Confirm my opinion with your doc before starting. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Leland Dr. Leland
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
27 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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Should I be walking on my ankle brace with a fractured fibula?

Ask your doctor: Some fibula fractures are stable and are unaffected by weight bearing. Others are at risk for displacement if walked on. ...Read more

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Dr. John Feola Dr. Feola
Internal Medicine
27 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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Should someone be walking in their boot without crutches one week after their spiral fractured fibula accident occurred?

Should someone be walking in their boot without crutches one week after their spiral fractured fibula accident occurred?

NOT RECOMENDED: Spiral fractures take time to heal. Usual crutches are given to avoid weight bearing. If you bear weight on the fracture it will delay healing and may worsen the underlying problem . ...Read more

Dr. Eugene Batelli Dr. Batelli
Podiatry
19 years in practice
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Had a non displaced fractured fibula about 4 to 6 inches above the right ankle... Is surgery necessary?

Had a non displaced fractured fibula about 4 to 6 inches above the right ankle... Is surgery necessary?

Maybe: Is truely nondisplaced then no surgery necessary. If it is have then surgery. Even 2 mm of displacement can lead to prolonged healing up to 16 weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Roman Dr. Roman
Internal Medicine
22 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Injured ankle Thursday told Friday I had fractured fibula; very tip small break. Dr. said I could start walking on Monday but it hurts, should I wait?

Injured ankle Thursday told Friday I had fractured fibula; very tip small break. Dr. said I could start walking on Monday but it hurts, should I wait?

It: Won't do any damage to walk. But it will be painful bc of the break. It is not wt bearing bone so you can walk. But until it heals it will be painful. ...Read more