The doctor said I have an "avulsion-fracture." What is that?

Avulsion fractures. Avulsion fractures occur when you experience a traumatic injury involving a tendon or ligament interface with bone. When this occurs, either the bone or the ligament is going to fail. In an avulsion fracture, the bone fails to resist the traumatic force subsequently fracturing and still attached to the ligament pulling on it. They are very common, especially in younger individuals.

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Just went and had an xray and the doc said I had an "avulsion-fracture" - any advice or similar situations?

Avulsion-fracture. In general, fractures take 6-8 weeks to heal. An avulsion is a small fracture usually with a soft tissue attachment. Activity such as walking is frequently allowed, because it doesn't prolong the healing. However, for complete healing to take place allow 3-4 months. Symptoms should gradually improve during that time, till they finally resolve. See less . Read more...

Why are syndesmotic ankle injuries associated with an avulsion fracture of fibula Misdiagnosed by many doctors?

The avulsion frag... ...may B very small, & oblique x-rays often needed 2 C them. The injury is quite traumatic & should B suspected after just the exam. If the syndesmosis is minimal, tress films need 2 B done. By many docs R they ortho or ER docs. Most orthopedic surgeons don't miss them. If only the anterior inferior tib/fib is torn, the spred is minimal unless it is stressed. . . Read more...

I have a 2 week old avulsion fracture of my left fibula. I am waking up with my instep burning. Is this to be expected? Or should I call my doctor?

Not unusual. You neglected to describe how the injury has been treated/ immobized it also depends on the size and location of the fracture and any associated ligamentous injury possibly on the other side. I would let the doctor check it out if youre concerned- probably nothing serious. Read more...

I went to a doctor; X-rays confirmed a big toe avulsion fracture. How long should I wear the small boot I was given? What if it feels better sooner?

The boot protects. If it is tender protect it. When it can be moved w/o pain, leave it off. Read more...
Fractures. Generally take about 6-8 weeks to heal. You pro pulse off your big toe so best to use that full time. Having said that you should follow up with your treating doc who can base decision on your X-ray findings which we know nothing about, . Read more...