Question: How Long Does It Take For A Fractured Fibula To Heal?

Can you still walk with a fractured fibula?

Because the fibula is not a weight-bearing bone, your doctor might allow you walk as the injury recovers.

You also might be advised to use crutches, avoiding weight on the leg, until the bone heals because of the fibula’s role in ankle stability..

Can a fractured fibula heal on its own?

Isolated fibula fractures usually heal quickly and do not require surgery, especially if the break occurs in the upper half of the bone. Non-surgical treatments may include the following: R.I.C.E.: Rest, ice and elevate the affected leg to reduce pain and inflammation.

Can a fractured fibula heal without a cast?

Technically speaking, the answer to the question “can broken bones heal without a cast?” is yes. Assuming conditions are just right, a broken bone can heal without a cast. However, (and very importantly) it doesn’t work in all cases. Likewise, a broken bone left to heal without a cast may heal improperly.

How is a proximal fibula fracture treated?

Most injuries may be treated symptomatically in a hinged knee brace and appropriate pain control. Early knee motion should be encouraged. The proximal fibula fracture in a Maisonneuve injury does not require stabilization.

Why does my fibula hurt when I walk?

Stress fractures of the fibula cause pain on the outer side of your lower leg. With medial tibial stress syndrome, you will have pain and tenderness along the edge of the shinbone, especially along the muscles. With compartment syndrome the muscles in that area will be painful.

Does a hairline fracture need a cast?

Your doctor may recommend that you use crutches to keep weight off an injured foot or leg. You can also wear protective footwear or a cast. Because it usually takes up to six to eight weeks to completely heal from a hairline fracture, it’s important to modify your activities during that time.

What happens if a fracture is left untreated?

When a bone fracture is untreated, it can result in either a nonunion or a delayed union. In the former case, the bone doesn’t heal at all, which means that it will remain broken. As a result, swelling, tenderness, and pain will continue to worsen over time.

What do they do for a fractured fibula?

The general process for healing a fibula fracture is immobilization with a splint or cast for several weeks, after which you might get a walking boot to help you walk. Recovery time depends on factors such as: the severity of the injury and the presence of any other injury at the same time.

Is a fibula fracture serious?

Most fractures of the fibula do not have any serious complications. Within a few weeks to several months, most patients make a full recovery and can continue their normal activities.

How do you sleep with a broken fibula?

Invest in a specialized pillow, like a body pillow, for elevation—keeping the broken bone above your heart prevents blood from pooling and causing swelling. Try sleeping on your back first while propped up on a few pillows. If that doesn’t work, slowly adjust yourself to a side position if possible.

What’s worse a fracture or a break?

There’s no difference. A fracture is any loss of continuity of the bone. Anytime the bone loses integrity—whether it’s a hairline crack barely recognizable on an x-ray or the shattering of bone into a dozen pieces—it’s considered a fracture. A broken bone is a fractured bone and vice versa.

Does a fracture need a cast?

Although some types of injuries can heal with just a splint, most fractures will need a cast. A cast is essentially a big, hard bandage that keeps a bone from moving during the healing process.