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Fibula midshaft fracture and its now nine months not yet healed(left leg)trauma?

Fibula midshaft fracture and its now nine months not yet healed(left leg)trauma?

Yes..: Non union is common in this kind of fracture treated conservatively. Surgical correction better. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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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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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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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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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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

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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?

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

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3 weeks since simple fibula fracture and small sprain. Shouldn't swelling be gone?

3 weeks since simple fibula fracture and small sprain. Shouldn't swelling be gone?

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

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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 had a fibula fracture near the knee 10 days ago. I was given 4 weeks off work, but I doubt I will heal this quickly?

Less pain: The bone will probably take 2-3 months to heal, but the pain from the fracture should be much less by than. Depending on your job, many people are able to return to work after a few weeks from this type of injury. ...Read more

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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?

I always wonder: Whyi when you are put in the cast that is not discussed? Bone takes approx 6-8 weeks to heal. Xrays and clinical findings are taken into account so it does not mean you are in the cast the entire time. ...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