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Why is it good to elevate a broken bone leg?

Why is it good to elevate a broken bone leg?

Prevents edema: Elevation of the leg prevents the development of edema or fluid which may complicate things. ...Read more

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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My husband had titanium rods put in his leg 7 years ago from a broken bone. Do these last forever?

My husband had titanium rods put in his leg 7 years ago from a broken bone. Do these last forever?

Yes.: Most implanted metallic stabilizers stay where they are placed for the rest of the patient's life. Very rarely do they ever need to be removed, and almost never cause pain due to irritation or break down. ...Read more

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Are there any little tricks to speeding up the recovery of a broken bone? Any help is welcome, please... I'm a collegiate women lacrosse player, and broke my leg skateboarding 2 & 1/2 weeks ago. I completely dislocated my ankle, and fractured my tib/fib. I

Are there any little tricks to speeding up the recovery of a broken bone? Any help is welcome, please... I'm a collegiate women lacrosse player, and broke my leg skateboarding 2 & 1/2 weeks ago. I completely dislocated my ankle, and fractured my tib/fib. I

There: There is nothing in the current state of technology that accelerates bone healing. However, there are ways to slow it down. Too much activity too soon can cause motion at the fracture site that disrupts the healing tissue. Infection (more often with surgery, but can rarely happen without surgery) also delays healing. Smoking or any source of nicotine also slows bone healing, though I assume at your level of athletics, you are not a smoker. Anti-inflammatories (advil, aleve, aspirin, etc.) can be the hidden factor in a bone not healing and should be used sparingly, if at all.

I agree that ligament healing after a dislocation is equally important with bone healing and can take longer. Some severe ligament injuries, such as the syndesmosis which holds the tibia and fibula together, can take more than 3 months to heal.

While bone stimulators--devices that use electricity, magnets, or ultrasound to create an electrical field around the bone and promote healing--can help in people at risk for poor healing, they don't decrease healing time enough to get you back for the spring and do nothing to promote ligament healing that we're aware.

It is very important to get good nutrition, including protein, calcium, and vitamin d for bone healing. It is also important to maintain whatever muscles you can by moving the parts that are not immobilized for the fracture/dislocation.

While I assume the fractures occurred near your ankle, fractures higher in the leg also take a lot longer to heal, with the average time of healing being about 16 to 18 weeks for the midshaft tibia.

Good luck with your recovery, but it looks like you're in a red shirt! ...Read more

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What to do if there is a broken bone in my knee?

What to do if there is a broken bone in my knee?

Depends: You may not need anything or you may need one or more of the following: crutches, an immobilizer brace, an unloader brace, simple brace, boot, or surgery. Its unclear as to what type of fracture you are experiencing. Discuss with your orthopedist. ...Read more

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Is a cti brace helpful in a broken bone in the knee?

Is a cti brace helpful in a broken bone in the knee?

Cti brace: This brace might be helpful just for support if you have a broken bone but it is usually used for people who have a torn acl ligament. ...Read more

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I twisted my ankle an I went to the emergency no broken bone month after still hurt what can do.?

I twisted my ankle an I went to the emergency no broken bone month after still hurt what can do.?

Consider repeat Xray: Persistent pain would prompt me to consider repeating an x-ray of the area in question. It is possible that a very subtle fracture may be more easily identified a week or so after the injury. Simply put, the body has cells that help "clean up " the injured area of bone. Such activity can lead to a fracture line being more lucent as time goes on. Otherwise I agree with dr. Cheng's answer. ...Read more

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What can I take to ease a swollen heel whilst healing from a broken bone that's knitted but been told I can walk on it it's swollen and tender?

What can I take to ease a swollen heel whilst healing from a broken bone that's knitted but been told I can walk on it it's swollen and tender?

NASID's: You can take any of a number of different non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Over-the-counter ones like aleve (naproxen) work well, but you doctor can prescribe ones that will be stronger and last longer. ...Read more

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Don't you normally get drugs to set a broken bone (lets say ankle) prior to a doctor putting on a cast?

Don't you normally get drugs to set a broken bone (lets say ankle) prior to a doctor putting on a cast?

Some times: If only a cast is being applied and the bones to not have to be re-aligned medication would not be used. ...Read more

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Knee injury and xray shows no broken bone. No insurance so they're trying to avoid mri. Is it safe for my injury to assume by touch there's no tear?

Knee injury and xray shows no broken bone. No insurance so they're trying to avoid mri. Is it safe for my injury to assume by touch there's no tear?

Yes and no: Acutely its very difficult to conclusively rule out everything. Initially the goal of examination and xrays is to reasonably rule out the obvious injury to ligaments and or fractures. If your pain persists for several days and or weeks then an MRI is advisable. The MRI will find the subtle stuff not necessarily appreciated on examination or xrays or it may confirm your doctors suspicions. ...Read more

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Is a severe burning sensation normal after a broken bone? My mom broke her ankle 3 weeks ago and is now having severe burning sensations on the top of her foot. She says it feels like an iron or hot pokers are touching it. Her doctor loosened the bandages

Is a severe burning sensation normal after a broken bone? My mom broke her ankle 3 weeks ago and is now having severe burning sensations on the top of her foot. She says it feels like an iron or hot pokers are touching it. Her doctor loosened the bandages

While: While it may be expected to have some discomfort, there are some types of pain that may signify something amiss. Burning or electrical type pain is often described as "nerve pain", meaning there has been something that has occurred to a nerve in the area in question. Sensation to the top of the foot is from the superficial and deep peroneal nerves. The superficial peroneal nerve may have been stretched at the time of the original injury, compressed by dressings or injured a the time of surgery (you didn't mention whether she had had a surgery for the fracture. It may be specfic to this nerve or may come to encompass the entire foot/ankle in what some doctors call a complex regional pain syndrome. Ask your doctor about this. There are some medications that have been shown to help this sort of pain. A pain relief doctor (a subspecialty of anesthesia) may be consulted as well. ...Read more

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Had light leg tibial bone fracture on lefside in Lift crash accident 2 year back, ACL ligament is lax leading to mal aligned knee, my age (34), suggest?

Had light leg tibial bone fracture on lefside in Lift crash accident 2 year back, ACL ligament is lax leading to mal aligned knee, my age (34), suggest?

See a specialist: Without more details, it's impossible to know the best course of action. See a knee specialist, get imaging and testing, and the doctor will help you to determine a course of action to take. Good luck! ...Read more

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What's right thing for leg bone fracture?

What's right thing for leg bone fracture?

Xray: First get an xray and then get a cast if surgery is not needed. Make sure you are seen by an orthopedic surgeon. You will then get a set of instructrions to include whether or not you can bear weight or start physical therapy. ...Read more

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Hello sir, Is it possible to increase the height by leg bone breaking? Fracture? I heard it from someone. Thanks

Hello sir, Is it possible to increase the height by leg bone breaking? Fracture? I heard it from someone. Thanks

Yes, but: Just about an inch or so by bone lengthening surgical procedure, don't expect more than that. Speak to your doctor is it worth, obviously is an uncommon procedure, you will find very few who performs regularly. ...Read more

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Question about bone fracture. If you break your leg, will it end up longer than the other leg, due to growth during healing?

Question about bone fracture. If you break your leg, will it end up longer than the other leg, due to growth during healing?

I asume you are an: Adult, the leg when break in adult loose some of the length because of necrosis of the bone at the fracture site. ...Read more

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What can I do if I've had a fractured bone in my leg and I am having severe swelling and bruising in my ankle?

What can I do if I've had a fractured bone in my leg and I am having severe swelling and bruising in my ankle?

See a specialist: I am not sure from your description if these two issues are occurring at same time. I would highly recommend you see your primary care doctor, a podiatrist or orthopedist for thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Can you fracture a bone in your hip/legs/feet and still walk on it?

Can you fracture a bone in your hip/legs/feet and still walk on it?

Depends on location: It depends on the type and location of the fracture. Fractures usually need to be immobilized with a splint, cast, or rigid walking boot depending on the location of the injury. For a broken toe you may get by with walking with a rigid surgical shoe. Have you physician determine which course of treatment is best for you. ...Read more

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Can leg tilt be corrected after bone fracture after 6 years without surgery?

Generally, yes: However, It depends on the bone and the location of the fracture. Long bone fractures have better outcomes after osteotomy (rebreak and realignment) than fractures that extend into joint. At 6 years, even at your young age, if you had a fracture into a joint that healed irregularly, the joint may already have significant wear and tear (degenerative arthritis). See an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I have fracture on my right leg and my consultant has applied illixarov on my leg so I bought purblack resin can it make my regenerated bone strong?

I have fracture on my right leg and my consultant has applied illixarov on my leg so I bought purblack resin can it make my regenerated bone strong?

External Fixation: IIlizarov was the inventor of external fixation for fractures and certain surgeries. As long as the fixator was applied properly and the bones are in the correct anatomic alignment, and as long as you are a healthy individual without a lot of comorbidities (other medical problems that would affect healing), your bones will be perfectly strong when you heal. Healing should take 6-8 weeks ...Read more

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Today my bone legs got very warm and hurt a little. It's hard for me to stand up or to go upstairs, but not impossible. No fracture or injury.?

Today my bone legs got very warm and hurt a little. It's hard for me to stand up or to go upstairs, but not impossible. No fracture or injury.?

Difficult climbing: If your legs hurt so much it is difficult climbing stairs or standing, it is a medical emergency and go to ER, call 911 immediately could be autoimmune disease, post viral Guillian Barre like syndrome, or acute vascular issue in spine. If you are having trouble urinating that is a significant concern. Go to ER ASAP. ...Read more

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I have pars fracture. When raising left leg it pops on right side. Could it be the bones popping back and forth?

Pars popping exists: Yes, a pars interarticularis fracture can cause popping. Seek further evaluation by your spine surgeon to determine if a change in treatment is indicated. ...Read more

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Is bruises and wounds and wounds on leg means leg bone fracture or break? What symptoms should a broken or fractured leg bone be?

Is bruises and wounds and wounds on leg means leg bone fracture or break? What symptoms should a broken or fractured leg bone be?

Have it x-rayed: Can't tell for sure without at least an x-ray or in some cases further radiographic studies. This needs to be evaluated. The wounds are also cause for concern, especially if deep or infected. Get medical attention immediately, ...Read more

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I had an open tib/fib fracture 7 years ago my dr didn't set my fib because it is a non weight bearing bone. Still have leg pain is it because fib?

Unlikely: It is fairly unlikely, but not impossible, by now the fracture is likely healed. It is more likely that in the same injury you also injured some soft tissues in the area such as a ligament or tendon. Consider requesting an MRI if you are having trouble with it. ...Read more

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I am having pain on my pelvic bone. The pain is only when I put pressure on my left leg, pain goes away with rest. Could this be a possible fracture?

Pelvic pain: The pain would likely not go away if it was fractured. More likely, you may be having a problem with your hip joint, the SI (Sacro-iliac) joint, or even possibly an impingement or radiculopathy of your lumbo-sacral spine/the nerves around your spine. But you should see an orthopedic surgeon to be fully evaluated ...Read more

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My mom got above elbow bone fracture an left leg fracture and doctors have done plaster an told as that she needs to be operated she's 65 years old?

My mom got above elbow bone fracture an left leg fracture and doctors have done plaster an told as that she needs to be operated she's 65 years old?

1 or both?: @ times casting seems 2 b the best way 2 treat either fracture but the bones may lose position & then they can be unacceptable and surgery is then needed. Other times casting or splinting r used 2 hold fractures until swelling goes down b 4 surgery. If you are not satisfied with the care a second opinion should b obtained. ...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


Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more