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
, 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
, 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!