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What is the normal recovery period after a fractured tibia?

What is the normal recovery period after a fractured tibia?

2-3 months to heal: A fractured tibia is a significant injury. Closed, non-operative management for stable well-aligned fractures treated in a cast would be expected to heal in about 2-3 months. Worse injuries that require surgery and a long intramedullary nail or a plate and screws (or similar), may take longer to heal, especially if there is a loss of tissue (skin, muscle, etc.) from around the fracture area. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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 to do if I fractured tibia bone, recovery?

What to do if I fractured tibia bone, recovery?

Depends: Depends on location of the tibia fracture. IF you have not seen an orthopaedic surgeon yet, you should. Majority of adults need surgical treatment of tibia fractures whether they are proximal, shaft or distal types. Rule of thumb for most fractures-12 weeks for bone to heal if you are healthy and the bones are well aligned. Do you have xrays handy? ...Read more

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Fractured tibia ankle surgery i on & off starve myself then eat "normal" & binge. Can this cause that i broke my ankle and tibia at only 35 yrs old?

Fractured tibia ankle surgery  i on & off starve myself then eat "normal" &  binge. Can this cause that i broke my ankle and tibia at only 35 yrs old?

Likely contributed: I'm glad you're recognizing there can be connections between 1 problem and others when it comes to health issues. Nutritional deficiencies are only 1 risk related to eating disorders, and many can be serious. Reccomend talking with a primary care doctor about your overall health, and with counselor about eating and related issues. ...Read more

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I had surgery for a fractured tibia and fibula with IM nail. In a boot now and my leg feels like jelly and heavy. Is this normal?

I had surgery for a fractured tibia and fibula with IM nail. In a boot now and my leg feels like jelly and heavy. Is this normal?

When surgery done?: The first question I have is, how long has it been since surgery? There are a couple of concerns if the injury was recent. You could have a deep vein clot. That's serious and you would need eval for that right away. The other possibility is nerve injury or maybe a regional block was done? You should have a set of post op instructions. Read that and then contact your ortho doc, discuss what to do. ...Read more

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What should I do about a fractured tibia if I am a 73 year old diabetic?

Seek: If you already haven't, you should see an orthopedic surgeon. Depending on the location of the tibial fracture, it may or may not need surgical repair. As a diabetic, you are more prone to osteopenic-type fractures (due to bone loss) and delayed healing times. As long as your diabetes is under control, normal healing times prevail. ...Read more

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What kind of exercises can I do to keep my leg strong with a fractured tibia?

What kind of exercises can I do to keep my leg strong with a fractured tibia?

Heal bone first: Tibias heal poorly and can go on to monunion they usually should be nailed enknee motion to follow sometimes weight bering depending on frx pattern and fixation heal first them strengthen straight leg raises are a classic keeps quad strong. ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal a fractured tibia?

How long does it take to heal a fractured tibia?

2-3mo: While most bones heal on average in 6 wks, the tibia is prone to delayed healing or even non healing. Partially as this bone is not fully encased in vascular muscle tissue and vascularity= healing. It isn't unusual for this bone to take upwards of 3+ mo to heal. And in adults often warrants surgery as well to stabilize the break while it heals. ...Read more

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Can you wear high heels with a fractured tibia?

No: Bone needs to be positioned and splinted to heal. There are no heels on a cast. ...Read more

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What is the healing time for a broken/fractured tibia?

Fracture healing: Fractures typically take 6-8 weeks to heal at the earliest and may take longer. The best you can do is follow your surgeon's advice and if you do not take a multivitamin with calcium and vitamin d, you may want to consider this to help your bone get all the nutrition it needs to heal properly and as quickly as possible. ...Read more

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What kind of surgery is needed to repair a fractured tibia?

Usuallly a Rod: Depending upon the location of the fracture, and the type of fracture, various rx are available - the intramedullary nail is the commonest. Plates and screws are used nearer the knee and ankle. Occasionally, an external fixator is used. ...Read more