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Can you walk on a hairline knee fracture?

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Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly

This will depend on the exact location and extent of the fracture, but yes, for many hairline fractures, it is safe to weight bear, especially if you are being treated in a brace.

In brief: Possibly

This will depend on the exact location and extent of the fracture, but yes, for many hairline fractures, it is safe to weight bear, especially if you are being treated in a brace.
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Dr. Timothy Taft
Sports Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Usually if braced.

Lots of unknowns make this question difficult to answer. If the fracture is not displaced and does not extend to the weight bearing joint surface you can usually bear weight if braced.
Fractures extending into the weight bearing joint surface usually need to be protected against weight bearing. It is usually ok to walk - if braced - with a non displaced fracture of the patella.

In brief: Usually if braced.

Lots of unknowns make this question difficult to answer. If the fracture is not displaced and does not extend to the weight bearing joint surface you can usually bear weight if braced.
Fractures extending into the weight bearing joint surface usually need to be protected against weight bearing. It is usually ok to walk - if braced - with a non displaced fracture of the patella.
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Dr. Wenjay Sung
Podiatry

In brief: Bracing

Depends on the fracture level, completeness, medical history or complicating factors, etc.
However, most likely you'll need a brace to ambulate for stability.

In brief: Bracing

Depends on the fracture level, completeness, medical history or complicating factors, etc.
However, most likely you'll need a brace to ambulate for stability.
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