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Doctor insights on: Stabilize Fibula Walking Boot Bike Swelling

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Dr. Wendy Askew
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Walking (Definition)

Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more


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Spiral fracture of the fibula - (8 wks ago) had a fiberglass cast and nwb for 6 wks..in walking boot 4 more wks. but why so much swelling still?

Spiral fracture of the fibula - (8 wks ago) had a fiberglass cast and nwb for 6 wks..in walking boot 4 more wks. but why so much swelling still?

Fracture: Each fracture has its own personality. Amount of energy with the fracture, as well as amount if soft tissue injury, are key issues. Make sure the fracture is healing well. Sometimes additional injuries are not initially appreciated. Check with your orthopedic surgeon for these issues as well as potential blood clot ASAP. ...Read more

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I broke my Fibula end of July, casted for 8 weeks now in boot for 3 weeks , I have pain when walking, swelling on both sides. Edema how long will this?

I broke my Fibula end of July, casted for 8 weeks now in boot for 3 weeks , I have pain when walking, swelling on both sides. Edema how long will this?

Can persist : Swelling after an ankle fracture can persist for months AFTER the fracture has healed ; whether the fracture required surgery or not. Be patient and incorporate rom and strengthening exercises to help. If swelling persists longer than 6 months see your orthopedic surgeon for evaluation. Best of Luck! ...Read more

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7 day ankle injury! 1 dr said broke other said no. Severe swelling, pain, & bruising. Pain same more bruising Still doing "rice" and walking boot?

7 day ankle injury!  1 dr said broke other said no. Severe swelling, pain, & bruising. Pain same  more bruising   Still doing "rice"  and walking boot?

What type of injury: Did you twist your ankle or where you in fall or accident? Need more information to help you out. But 7 days for any injury to the ankle is too soon to worry about it not healing. As far as the difference in opinion from the doctors, have the doctor who told you there is a fracture to go over the x-rays with you and show you exactly where the bone is broken. Then ask the 2nd guy to debunk it. ...Read more

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Have low impact broken fibula, walking boot, no surgery. When can I bear weight on it? Broken just over 1 week ago. Currently on crutches and wheelch

Have low impact broken fibula, walking boot, no surgery. When can I bear weight on it? Broken just over 1 week ago. Currently on crutches and wheelch

4-6 weeks: The classic answer for most fractures is that it takes 6 weeks to heal and limited weight bearing for 6 weeks is recommended. However, for a minimally displaced low impact fibula, it may be possible to bear weight in a walking boot earlier than 6 weeks, likely around 4 weeks after the break depending on how the x-rays look. The bottom line is check with your provider and trust their expertise. ...Read more

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Broke my fibula 9 days ago, low impact, no surgery. Given walking boot and crutches. Feels like I would be OK to bear weight on it, possibly lose crutches. Is this an option at this point? How long should I wait to bear weight? Can't get into my ortho Dr

Broke my fibula 9 days ago, low impact, no surgery. Given walking boot and crutches. Feels like I would be OK to bear weight on it, possibly lose crutches. Is this an option at this point? How long should I wait to bear weight? Can't get into my ortho Dr

Ankle: If you are having and will this comfort regarding this ankle bearing weight may not be a bad option, it would depend on whether there was any displacement which is does not sound like there was, as long as the pain does not worsen ambulating with the boot and utilizing the crutches as an assistive device but bearing for weight is probably OK to do. If youbegin to develop pain then you may want to begin to develop pain then you may want to consider backing off and taking some of the weight of the ankle ...Read more

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Fibula fracture. So how long will i be in a walking boot?

Depends: It really depends on the location and type of fibula fracture. A stable fracture that doesn't require surgery may be able to come out of boot in 2-6 weeks. ...Read more

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I am in a Walking boot for a clean fracture of right fibula. After two weeks I can walk in the boot with no pain? Good sign?

I am in a Walking boot for a clean fracture of right fibula.
After two weeks I can walk in the boot with no pain? Good sign?

Yes: That is a good sign, but you will need to continue to wear the boot until you get x rays to know that the bone is healed. Bone typically takes 6-8 weeks to heal. ...Read more

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I broke my 5 metatarsal 5 weeks ago. Walking boot for 4 weeks. Now I am walking with crutches. Is it normal for my leg to swell from knee to ankle?

I broke my 5 metatarsal 5 weeks ago. Walking boot for 4 weeks. Now I am walking with crutches. Is it normal for my leg to swell from knee to ankle?

Check for blood clot: When you immobilize the extremities, you can have dependent edema(fluid accumulation due to gravity). However the more worrisome problem will be blood clot in the veins(deep venous thrombosis) which put you at risk to blood clot in the lungs. Need to go to your doctor asp? ...Read more

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Fell on Saturday. Top of tibia black & blue no swelling. Apply little pressure pain radiates to fibula area. Also numb connecting both areas. Can walk?

Fell on Saturday. Top of tibia black & blue no swelling. Apply little pressure pain radiates to fibula area. Also numb connecting both areas. Can walk?

Should be okay: if you can walk then its likely not fractured. the bruising is from the impact and will take 5 to 10 days to go away as it settles down to your ankle. numbness should also resolve on its own. as comfort allows increase your activity. if it gets worse, you should have xray. ...Read more

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5 weeks post ORIF Distial Fibula Web B surgery. Walking OK in shoe with limp. Swelling on ankle bad is this normal? When will it go? Feels Hard.

5 weeks post ORIF Distial Fibula Web B surgery. Walking OK in shoe with limp. Swelling on ankle bad is this normal? When will it go? Feels Hard.

Be patient: Make sure your surgeon is fine with you walking in a shoe only 5 weeks after surgery. If so, it is very normal to walk with a limp so soon after surgery. The swelling will last quite a while. I tell patients to expect some swelling after ankle surgery for at least 6 months, but up to 1 year after surgery is not unusual. Elevating your ankle above heart level can help reduce swelling. ...Read more

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Earlier, i dropped a heavy object on my big toe. I can not bend it, there is swelling, and i can't walk. Will I have to get a medical boot?

Earlier, i dropped a heavy object on my big toe. I can not bend it, there is swelling, and i can't walk. Will I have to get a medical boot?

Evaluation: You need to be evaluated by a podiatrist for fracture and other injuries. They will likely take x-rays and perform a detailed examination to check for injury of nerves, joints, etc. They will then be able to prescribe the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Had ORIF 3rd met 7 wks ago (22 wks non-union), Surgeon says mostly healed, no boot, walk and do physio. Pain (sharp at times) and swelling- normal?

Had ORIF 3rd met 7 wks ago (22 wks non-union), Surgeon says mostly healed, no boot, walk and do physio. Pain (sharp at times) and swelling- normal?

3rd metatarsal fract: If u still have pain and swelling the bone is not completely healed . Use a stiff shoe ,no physio, until u can walk comfortably without pain. May take another 6-8 weeks , should have follow up xray in 4 weeks ...Read more

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


Walking Boot (Definition)

Is a boot for a leg fracture that ...Read more