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Dr. Andrew Berry
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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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When will I be getting back to normal from a spiral leg fracture?

When will I be getting back to normal from a spiral leg fracture?

1-4 months, varies: This depends widely depending on the exact location of the fracture, which bone or bones (tibia or fibula) are involved, the degree of displacement of the fracture, bone quality, alignment of the fracture, treatment choice, and what your definition of "normal" is. You should ask your orthopedic specialist what they predict for your recovery. ...Read more

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Surgery on spiral fracture Aug. 25/14 steel and screws severely irritating still. Pain also up into upper leg. Could metal be removed early safely?

Surgery on spiral fracture Aug. 25/14 steel and screws severely irritating still. Pain also up into upper leg. Could metal be removed early safely?

Keep in 9-12 months: Generally speaking hardware does not routinely need to be removed. BUT, when it remains significantly symptomatic and with proof of solid fracture healing, hardware can be safely removed about 9-12 months after your type of fracture ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a spiral fracture of the ankle?

Anyone know what is a spiral fracture of the ankle?

Spiral fracture: A spiral fracture can ocurr with either the fibula or tibia. The mechanism of the injury is a severe twisting so that the bone breaks in a spiral usually from the bottom towards the top. ...Read more

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Re:fibula spiral fracture at ankle: additionally, I have had no pain since break, and walking lightly since cast was put on, question is about a boot?

Re:fibula spiral fracture at ankle: additionally, I have had no pain since break, and  walking lightly since cast was put on, question is about a boot?

Cast now boot later: Is this being treated without surgery (ie a nondisplaced break)? Anyhow, if so usually is 6 weeks immobilized and non weightbearing to allow for healing and minimize the risk of displacement. I tend to not use the boot until after this initial 6 week period. For a very hairline type break i might allow a boot as long as i can trust the patient to keep it on near full time. ...Read more

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On average How long does a spiral fracture take to heal? (Lower extremity)

On average
How long does a spiral fracture take to heal?
(Lower extremity)

Most fractures ~ 6wk: Most fractures heal in a bout 6 weeks. Reduced spiral fractures, in large part due to the broader surface area available for healing, heal enough to allow at least early motion and potentially partial weight bearing (fibula fracture) by 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Non displaced spiral fracture of fibula and dislocated ankle. 9 screws and a plate. can walk on it relatively pain free 3 weeks post op. Bad idea??

Non displaced spiral fracture of fibula and dislocated ankle. 9 screws and a plate. can walk on it relatively pain free 3 weeks post op. Bad idea??

Sounds like: a big operation for serious injury. Pain free ambulation at 3 weeks is pretty good progress. Because of extent of injury and surgical procedure, it is impossible to give advice here. Ask your ortho surgeon for specific advice. ...Read more

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Is it normal that three years after a spiral fracture and implant to my tibia that I have a visible lump on the break and constant shin pain?

Is it normal that three years after a spiral fracture and implant to my tibia that I have a visible  lump on the break and constant shin pain?

Yes and no: To have visible lump yes this could happen because the bone very superficial. About the chin pain if it is on the location of the lump, if it is that expected because the lump there. ...Read more

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I'm still experiencing pain,tingling,pins & needles & burning from a 5th metatarsal spiral fracture 4mths from injury date. Pain in ankle + fibula als?

Delayed healing.: All your symptoms are subjective in nature. I think knowing objective symptoms such as swelling, angular deformity or discoloring might contribute to understand just what the problem is. Fifth metatarsal fractures are not the easiest to heal even under perfect circumstances. Radio-graphic evaluation might be needed to see if there is a delayed healing of the bone or just a post fracture neuritis. ...Read more

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I broke my ankle playing soccer, eversion motion, x-ray shows mildly displaced spiral fracture at lateral malleolus. Had cast for 8 weeks. dr said I can start walking even though x-ray still show the break, should I do? How long should take to heal?

I broke my ankle playing soccer, eversion motion, x-ray shows mildly displaced spiral fracture at lateral malleolus. Had cast for 8 weeks. dr said I can start walking even though x-ray still show the break, should I do? How long should take to heal?

When in doubt: Normally a "displaced" fracture of the distal fibula is surgically repaired. This is because the end of the fibula is needed for ankle joint stability. Your doctor may have felt the fracture did not require surgery, which is very possible. If there is some uncertainty on your part a second opinion is always available. ...Read more

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How is a spiral fracture to the humerous treated?

How is a spiral fracture to the humerous treated?

Humeral cuff: We apply humeral cuff & and sling if the patient have no complication due to the fracture. ...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