Question - Healing Time (tibia fracture - surgical)

by Hunny Wadhwani
(Mumbai, India)

Hi, I am Hunny from Mumbai, India. I am of 27 years of age. I met with an accident on 27th May 08 evening and suffered a fracture in my right leg (below knee and above ankle). It was a single compund tibia (fracture).

A surgery was done on 28th May 08 and a rod was planted in my leg. On very next day I was advised to start doing some exercises (bending knee, moving foot up n down, lifting leg up etc.). After 6 days of my surgery I started walking on crutches and am putting a load of 5-10 kg on my operated leg.

I have swelling in my below ankle area (foot) and feel stiffness in my leg during night times. I just want to learn that how much time it will take for my leg bone to regenerate (join) and in how much time I will be able to walk on single crutch and in how much time I will be able to put full load on my leg.

Also suggest, is elbow crutches are recommended.

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Oct 28, 2014
Tib and Fib NEW
by: Jonathan field

Next week will be my 2 year anniversary of having my accident,double fracture Tib and Fib,quick update as to where I am with progress,I am currently back playing soccer though I do find after about an hour of running I get a throbbing pain at the point of fracture in my left leg, I am having no problems with the pins or IM nail,thank god,I have full use of leg whilst working out,I was a bit concerned about plyometric training because of impact but again no problems, no limp, no pain in the leg when cold,I've heard some people suffer with this and I've been told when I am older I too may well suffer with this!! But as for now,leg is solid,I'm fit and healthy and hope others cab make same progress as me,thanks,Jonathan.

Oct 28, 2014
Right leg fracture NEW
by: Amudha

Hi,
My brother met with an accident 4 days before. His right leg got fractuted at three placed,on thigh,below knee and anckle but stil he dint get operated. The doctors say as he is unconscious till now they cant do the surgery. We are really worried,can the operation can be delayed, he dint even open his eyes yet...please give your helpful suggedtions

Oct 28, 2014
Right leg fracture NEW
by: Amudha

Hi,
My brother met with an accident 4 days before. His right leg got fractuted at three placed,on thigh,below knee and anckle but stil he dint get operated. The doctors say as he is unconscious till now they cant do the surgery. We are really worried,can the operation can be delayed, he dint even open his eyes yet...please give your helpful suggedtions

Oct 28, 2014
Right leg fracture NEW
by: Amudha

Hi,
My brother met with an accident 4 days before. His right leg got fractuted at three placed,on theigh,below knee and anckle but stil he dint get operated. The doctors say as he is unconscious till now they cant do the surgery. We are really worried,can the operation can be delayed, he dint even open his eyes yet...please give your helpful suggedtions

Oct 28, 2014
Right leg fracture NEW
by: Amudha

Hi,
My brother met with an accident 4 days before. His right leg got fractuted at three placed,on theigh,below knee and anckle but stil he dint get operated. The doctors say as he is unconscious till now they cant do the surgery. We are really worried,can the operation can be delayed, he dint even open his eyes yet...please give your helpful suggedtions

Oct 28, 2014
Right leg fracture NEW
by: Amudha

Hi,
My brother met with an accident 4 days before. His right leg got fractuted at three placed,on theigh,below knee and anckle but stil he dint get operated. The doctors say as he is unconscious till now they cant do the surgery. We are really worried,can the operation can be delayed, he dint even open his eyes yet...please give your helpful suggedtions

Sep 29, 2014
TAKES TIME! NEW
by: Anonymous

Had a compound tib/fib fracture on my right leg. 80mph car and tree dont mix... four screws in my ankle due to a broken talus, the nail from my new to my ankle, held in with four screws, two top, two bottom. Sat (2 mths) july and august out,, than began to walk. had a bad limp and had sever pain on and off till about november. After that three months i began to lift weights as i used to. Its been a year now since ive started walking. Still have much pain, actually more now than ever, Knee pain, ankle pain. where the fracture split the leg skin pain. im not sure what to do at this point but, time will pass and you will walk again! might hurt tho ;)

Sep 29, 2014
TAKES TIME! NEW
by: Anonymous

Had a compound tib/fib fracture on my right leg. 80mph car and tree dont mix... four screws in my ankle due to a broken talus, the nail from my new to my ankle, held in with four screws, two top, two bottom. Sat (2 mths) july and august out,, than began to walk. had a bad limp and had sever pain on and off till about november. After that three months i began to lift weights as i used to. Its been a year now since ive started walking. Still have much pain, actually more now than ever, Knee pain, ankle pain. where the fracture split the leg skin pain. im not sure what to do at this point but, time will pass and you will walk again! might hurt tho ;)

Sep 29, 2014
TAKES TIME! NEW
by: Anonymous

Had a compound tib/fib fracture on my right leg. 80mph car and tree dont mix... four screws in my ankle due to a broken talus, the nail from my new to my ankle, held in with four screws, two top, two bottom. Sat (2 mths) july and august out,, than began to walk. had a bad limp and had sever pain on and off till about november. After that three months i began to lift weights as i used to. Its been a year now since ive started walking. Still have much pain, actually more now than ever, Knee pain, ankle pain. where the fracture split the leg skin pain. im not sure what to do at this point but, time will pass and you will walk again! might hurt tho ;)

Sep 26, 2014
tibial shaft fracture NEW
by: krishna Chaitanya p

HI
I met with an accident in 2007.at that my tibia was broken.so doctors recommend for intermedullar nail in my leg, after that I recovered.Then i used walker for 45 days after that i started walking alone after 45 days this my 1st phase

2nd phase
After 7 years of my surgery ie 2014
In august 2014 my leg was painful at my knee. So I consulted 2 doctors both are suggested to remove nail from my tibia because my fracture was totally healed. So i undergone surgery on September 1 and the surgery went fine, this my 26th day after my intermedullar nail removal. Now i am walking slowly without any support.

Here i have question can i start car driving after 5 weeks of my rod removal surgery, kindly post your comments

Sep 01, 2014
I'm nailing tibia NEW
by: miss p

Hi folks I thought I would share my experience with you guys as I'm a bit further down the road with my injury than many of you. I had spiral fracture tib / fib and ankle in June 2013. They said 12\18 months recovery ... I thought its only a broken leg but let me tell you they are right. 14 months down the road now and I can manage a lot better ,have only been discharged from physio in last month. The best advice I can give you is do as much physio and exercise as the injury will allow it really does help. I still have stiffness in the ankle and knee but I exercise regular which helps. Its been the most trying time, and you really never ever think you will get better , you will but its a slow process. I am still improving now .The knee pain is a lot better than was, be sure you don't confuse your knee pain with stiffness. I still have a weird numb / tingly feeling in the knee this is due to nerve damage when they insert the rod, and cannot kneel down feels like I'm on broken glass. Keep your leg warm as well in cold months as I find this helps. I miss my high heels but am working up to them!! Please don't be down hearted by this post, I've been as honest as I can and want to give a realistic expectation. Set yourself small goals and you will see the improvements and good luck .

Aug 27, 2014
23yrs old sharing my accident NEW
by: Anonymous

One month ago I was in a motorcycle accident. I shattered my tibia and fibula just next to each other, above the ankle, a tibia fracture just below the knee and a fractured ankle. Very painful my foot was basically disconnected. After one surgery at the mayo clinic a two foot implant threw the full length of my tibia from knee too ankle and 4 screws. I am now walking on crutches and putting 30% weight on or so. It is still very stiff when it is cold and the nerves in my foot haven't fully came back strange pains in my foot on my big toe side and I'm praying for a full recovery. The doctors tell me up too a year for a full recovery but im hoping to be walking on my own within 3 months after surgery, just have a good diet with calcium and vitamin D for healing the bone. For just about a week now I have been able to move the foot and I'm making progress everyday on being able to move my foot in a wider range of motion. fish oil pills for my joints and a daily vitamin. Just take you're time and don't over due anything have a healthy diet and work on it everyday. I hope this has helped anyone. The first month was by first the worse month of my life.

Aug 21, 2014
To Kuldeep NEW
by: Susan

Dear Kuldeep,
My husband broke his ankle in a bike accident in 1977 and had 3 operations to fix it. But though it healed, his ankle is not aligned properly and the screws have calcification over them. His ankle is not flexible either and because of this, last year he had a spiral fracture of tibia and a cracked fibula. A tibia nail was inserted at S P Fort hospital. Trivandrum. A cast was placed on his leg and he was discharged the next day and put on oral antibiotics, pain killers and probiotics. When the cast was removed, his leg was black and infected. A cannula was inserted in his hand and antibiotics administered intravenously at home by a nurse from a nearby hospital twice daily. The infection subsided soon.

From the second day he was going to the toilet etc and moving around with a walker land after the removal of the cast, with elbow crutches. In six months he started driving and gardening.

However, after sitting for a while, his leg becomes stiff and painful


He is nearly 65.

The S P Fort hospital has a veteran surgeon who guides a team that he taught. It is the best for Orthopaedic problems. Bangalore has the Hosmet hospital. The surgeons skills are important in the proper setting of bones.

Hope you get well soon . Did you get any insurance ?

Aug 21, 2014
To Kuldeep NEW
by: Susan

Dear Kuldeep,
My husband broke his ankle in a bike accident in 1977 and had 3 operations to fix it. But though it healed, his ankle is not aligned properly and the screws have calcification over them. His ankle is not flexible either and because of this, last year he had a spiral fracture of tibia and a cracked fibula. A tibia nail was inserted at S P Fort hospital. Trivandrum. A cast was placed on his leg and he was discharged the next day and put on oral antibiotics, pain killers and probiotics. When the cast was removed, his leg was black and infected. A cannula was inserted in his hand and antibiotics administered intravenously at home by a nurse from a nearby hospital twice daily. The infection subsided soon.

From the second day he was going to the toilet etc and moving around with a walker land after the removal of the cast, with elbow crutches. In six months he started driving and gardening.

However, after sitting for a while, his leg becomes stiff and painful


He is nearly 65.

The S P Fort hospital has a veteran surgeon who guides a team that he taught. It is the best for Orthopaedic problems. Bangalore has the Hosmet hospital. The surgeons skills are important in the proper setting of bones.

Hope you get well soon . Did you get any insurance ?

Aug 05, 2014
Double twisted fracture tib and fib NEW
by: Luciana

Hi all I'm a newbie here from Ireland been reading all your comments fascinating stuff. I've a double twisted fracture of both Tib & Fib operated on with Rod and bolted to Ankle and Knee.. Told I could 50% weight bear 2 weeks 4th weeks since op. I've been taking it easy to be honest till this week started walking round house and without crutches was out last weekend and set back because my ankle swelled up so rested and elevated my legs. Now I'm walking around I'm going into 7th week tomorrow. My hubby wants me to walk around block I'm scared to go out on my own it's literally just a few days since I tried walking.. I was nearly getting into the car to go to the shops I live in a very large estate and it's just 2 mins away in village . Am I crazy I was thinking if I can stand and walk maybe I could drive a very short distance. Anyhow I'm still only thinking about it I have a doctor apt in 2 weeks maybe I'll hold off that will be week 9. I'm going stir crazy here. Not much pain but my hip hurts and the odd twinge in leg where the break is. I got loads of fracture blisters so they are all healed now but scarring is awful I'm sure in time they will fade somewhat.. I think my short dress days are over lol I'm a young 45 no kids I'm the biggest one. Still love to dance and party. Missed a lot this summer but I'm on the mend thanks for reading my novel. Guess I need company that's why I'm rambling. I've plenty of scars now and bought an Aloe Vera Plant plus in using Bio Oil I'll try anything to get my pins back.. Good luck to you all
Sincerely
Luciana

Aug 05, 2014
Double twisted fracture tib and fib NEW
by: Luciana

Hi all I'm a newbie here from Ireland been reading all your comments fascinating stuff. I've a double twisted fracture of both Tib & Fib operated on with Rod and bolted to Ankle and Knee.. Told I could 50% weight bear 2 weeks 4th weeks since op. I've been taking it easy to be honest till this week started walking round house and without crutches was out last weekend and set back because my ankle swelled up so rested and elevated my legs. Now I'm walking around I'm going into 7th week tomorrow. My hubby wants me to walk around block I'm scared to go out on my own it's literally just a few days since I tried walking.. I was nearly getting into the car to go to the shops I live in a very large estate and it's just 2 mins away in village . Am I crazy I was thinking if I can stand and walk maybe I could drive a very short distance. Anyhow I'm still only thinking about it I have a doctor apt in 2 weeks maybe I'll hold off that will be week 9. I'm going stir crazy here. Not much pain but my hip hurts and the odd twinge in leg where the break is. I got loads of fracture blisters so they are all healed now but scarring is awful I'm sure in time they will fade somewhat.. I think my short dress days are over lol I'm a young 45 no kids I'm the biggest one. Still love to dance and party. Missed a lot this summer but I'm on the mend thanks for reading my novel. Guess I need company that's why I'm rambling. I've plenty of scars now and bought an Aloe Vera Plant plus in using Bio Oil I'll try anything to get my pins back.. Good luck to you all
Sincerely
Luciana

Jul 14, 2014
leg problm NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi i m kuldeep from india at 19 dec 2011 i was mat an accdentI was riding on bike..nd car cming from opposit side Suddnly i lost the balnce nd fell down from bike Then i was admitted in hospital nd i come to know my leg was factured Then i was admitted in hospital nd i come to know my leg was factured Right side lower portion of knee n upper porion from ankle Then docter was start my tratmnet n oprate me They use plate 4 joing my leg but after 7 days that plates was breakd... N 1s agin they oprated me 4 suuprt they use platey ...agter opration till 27 days evrythns is normal but when i was discharge from hospital When i was cnsult my doacter he told me bec of surgery my leg was infacted n they told my father they would have to again oprate me..but after this all my father denay 4 opration nd he brought me at hryana from jahlndher End when i came to Haryan .....HERE DOCTER GAVE ME Micasin 500 mg injection It was wrk 4 sm day n i was felt relif but after few days my condition becom crtical After then i admited in hospital n they used factur on my leg si tell me nay solution sir I was hopeless now

Jul 10, 2014
TIBEA PLATEU FRACTURE NEW
by: DEBBIE

Hi I had a motorcycle accident 19/03/14 the bike came down on my right knee.my knee was very bad plate and screws the works.needless to say the brace came off before the time the crutches were set aside.the only problem that I have now is I have a limp as my leg is a cm shorter than the other and I can't straighten my leg.it all depends on person to person how strong you are, mind over matter place a huge roll.im a spinning instructor in my spare time and I started giving class on the 19/05/14 off the bike and now training at a low resistance to strengthen the muscles around the knee and the other muscles.Persevere and push through the pain only you know how far you can go, do some pilates,swimming or spinning as there is no direct impact on your knees at all and that will get you going.
STAY STRONG AND BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!!!!!
GOOD LUCK


Jul 10, 2014
TIBEA PLATEU FRACTURE NEW
by: DEBBIE

Hi I had a motorcycle accident 19/03/14 the bike came down on my right knee.my knee was very bad plate and screws the works.needless to say the brace came off before the time the crutches were set aside.the only problem that I have now is I have a limp as my leg is a cm shorter than the other and I can't straighten my leg.it all depends on person to person how strong you are, mind over matter place a huge roll.im a spinning instructor in my spare time and I started giving class on the 19/05/14 off the bike and now training at a low resistance to strengthen the muscles around the knee and the other muscles.Persevere and push through the pain only you know how far you can go, do some pilates,swimming or spinning as there is no direct impact on your knees at all and that will get you going.
STAY STRONG AND BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!!!!!
GOOD LUCK


Jul 09, 2014
Healing time for tibia NEW
by: Anonymous

Hello I am Ravi

Had an accident 5odays back got left leg fractures it's single fracture got surgery they have put a plate till now my doctors aid not to walk so my doubt is how long does it take to walk is there any minimum or maximum time to walk

Jul 09, 2014
Healing time for tibia NEW
by: Anonymous

Hello I am Ravi

Had an accident 5odays back got left leg fractures it's single fracture got surgery they have put a plate till now my doctors aid not to walk so my doubt is how long does it take to walk is there any minimum or maximum time to walk

Jun 30, 2014
DONT RUSH IT NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi,
i'm 28 yrs old had an accident 3 yrs ago container trailer crushed my left foot,got operated next day morning had IM nail in my tibia with 4 screws (2 in knee inseam,1 ankle inseam,1 from front just a cm apart from bottom one).
The worst pain was in metatarsals and phalanges as the weight of trailer with container had passed on it.Even after 3 months it was worst pain as compared to broken tibia with nail and screws.
This delayed my weight bearing and walking.
It used crutches for almost 6 months before I could walk without any support.
Started riding my bicycle after this and took me a year to be able to ride my bike (> 200 kg).
I did not limp after that I bet no one would be able to guess I had a implant in my limb.
after 1 and 1/2 month they had to dynamiz the rod so took out 1 screw in my knee.
after 1 year my surgeon suggested to take out two more screws (1 that was remaining in knee and the one from front in my ankle).
so for past 2 yrs i had only IM nail and 1 screw in inseam ankle to hold the nail in place.
the swelling which was (a little bit) present went away when they took the front screw off,I felt like my foot was deflating as soon as they took it out.
Got all the hardware out 18 days ago,sutures removed after 15 days can walk without support (of course short distances),my Dr. suggested to use support for at least 4 weak's
My knee feels a bit numb,a little swelling in the limb.
Still cant move my index toe till date cant feel my half foot,thats the down side I will have to live with.(we hoped that once the hardware is out it will respond,wait and watch).May be have to undergo another surgery for that later.
Here are few pointers for those who are recovering.
1) DON'T RUSH IT IT MAKES IT WORSE,INCREASES RECOVERY TIME.(know couple of people who did this and limp even after couple of years so that's permanent now).
2) DRINK LOTS OF WATER TO AVOID URINARY STONE(USE URINARY POT IF YOU HAVE TO,PATIENT NEXT DOOR WHO BECAME MY FRIEND GOT NICE BIG STONE IN THE END).
3) FOLLOW PHYSIO AND YOUR DOCTORS INSTRUCTIONS THOROUGHLY.
4) GET THE HARDWARE OUT WHEN IT IS TIME DONT DELAY IT LIKE MINE.ITS NOT THAT PAINFUL YOU ARE DISCHARGED ON SECOND DAY WITH SOME IV ANTIBIOTIC TO FOLLOW WHICH YOUR PHYSICIAN/NURSE CAN DO.
5) PHYSIO,PHYSIO,PHYSIO.
6) WATCH YOUR DIET AND WEIGHT.
7) FOLLOWUP VISITS.
8) MASSAGE (use whatever oil you prefer I PREFER SESAME AND COCONUT OIL) HELPS A LOOOOTTTTT.(NOT PEHLWAN WALLA TENDER SMALL CIRCULAR MOTION),DO IT EVERY COUPLE OF DAYS AND YOU WONT COMPLAIN OF PAIN.

I am able to do brevets on my bicycle every now and then with slight pain in knee nothing that isn't bearable.
I enjoy long trips on my bike in all weather.
I'am gonna make flag post out of my nail for the bike.
hope this novel helps.



Dec 06, 2013
Dan NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi Dan,

Don't overdo it. Follow physio advice. I overdid it and put my recovery back by a month.

I found a rehabilitation class in the water very helpful for getting my balance back, walking on tiptoes through the water along a line etc.

Also walking poles for walking on very rugged ground helpful for balance at first.

I had a senior consultant operate on me on NHS himself so I was very lucky. last doctor looked at the x-ray that was taken after 4 months and told me it is as near to a 100% perfect mend that is possible.

I am very lucky that my knee is not sensitive. Because the bone gets pulled out through the knee to put the rod in, parting the ligaments for this usually causes lasting tenderness when kneeling and crawling.

Try eating jelly. Contains gelatine from bone marrow. Might help new bone growth.

Someone I know got both his legs run over by a car in USA. Had rods in both shin bones. A year on he continued with his first human powered circumnavigation of the globe which he finished 12 years later.

Getting run over could be your lucky star to stop you getting killed in Afghanistan. You never know.

Dec 06, 2013
Dan NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi Dan,

Don't overdo it. Follow physio advice. I overdid it and put my recovery back by a month.

I found a rehabilitation class in the water very helpful for getting my balance back, walking on tiptoes through the water along a line etc.

Also walking poles for walking on very rugged ground helpful for balance at first.

I had a senior consultant operate on me on NHS himself so I was very lucky. last doctor looked at the x-ray that was taken after 4 months and told me it is as near to a 100% perfect mend that is possible.

I am very lucky that my knee is not sensitive. Because the bone gets pulled out through the knee to put the rod in, parting the ligaments for this usually causes lasting tenderness when kneeling and crawling.

Try eating jelly. Contains gelatine from bone marrow. Might help new bone growth.

Someone I know got both his legs run over by a car in USA. Had rods in both shin bones. A year on he continued with his first human powered circumnavigation of the globe which he finished 12 years later.

Getting run over could be your lucky star to stop you getting killed in Afghanistan. You never know.

Dec 06, 2013
Dan NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi Dan,

Don't overdo it. Follow physio advice. I overdid it and put my recovery back by a month.

I found a rehabilitation class in the water very helpful for getting my balance back, walking on tiptoes through the water along a line etc.

Also walking poles for walking on very rugged ground helpful for balance at first.

I had a senior consultant operate on me on NHS himself so I was very lucky. last doctor looked at the x-ray that was taken after 4 months and told me it is as near to a 100% perfect mend that is possible.

I am very lucky that my knee is not sensitive. Because the bone gets pulled out through the knee to put the rod in, parting the ligaments for this usually causes lasting tenderness when kneeling and crawling.

Try eating jelly. Contains gelatine from bone marrow. Might help new bone growth.

Someone I know got both his legs run over by a car in USA. Had rods in both shin bones. A year on he continued with his first human powered circumnavigation of the globe which he finished 12 years later.

Getting run over could be your lucky star to stop you getting killed in Afghanistan. You never know.

Dec 03, 2013
IM nail NEW
by: Dan

Hi all. Good to read this page as there isn't much information elsewhere. Especially from the hospital!

I got hit by a car on Remembrance Sunday sustaining
3 breaks to my tibia and fibula.
Broken and dislocated shoulder
Fractured skull by the ocular cavity
Damaged nerves on my opposite hand due to cuts
Scarring on my face
Assorted cuts bruises.

I was on leave 10 days before flying out to Afghanistan. I'm absolutely devastated. I've been told anything between 9-12 months before I'm back to how I was but this cannot be right.

Day 0 I had an IM nail inserted
Day 1 I stood up (most weight on healthy leg)
Day 10 I left hospital with crutches (one elbow crutch)
Day 21 is today I've been told a mixture of weight allowances since the op and currently been told 15kg maximum.

There is no way I'm gonna take that long to heal. Obviously I can't rush the bone union but I'm back on Thursday for more X-rays to check progress. Going to afghan is something I've spent the past 5 years trying to achieve and after getting myself a great position in the military to do it, this happens.
I have until June when my unit returns to get out there, the physios laugh at me every time I tell them ill do it.
It should be possible though the NHS quite understandably can only give me 20-30 mins physio a week whereas come January when I'm ready to work more, ill return to rehab at work and have 8-4 daily rehab.

Advice to everyone out there, relax, don't worry about what's done is done. Trust me I nearly lost my mind. Just focus on recovery. Do everything you can to assist your body with what it needs. Feed it the right materials. Go heavy on the vitamins minerals calcium protein. Careful not to gain weight whilst immobile. Mobilise all the time. Currently my physio exercises are all about ankle mobility and hip strength. I can see my quad and calf have wasted away compared to my other leg which I've been working on. Keep exercising the rest of your body just be careful not to injure your bad leg more

I hope I've given a little advice and hope to someone who reads this!

Sep 20, 2013
healing time NEW
by: Erin

Hello! I haven't personally had it done but I've been told that it only takes a day before you are walking back to normal again. If you are in good health then it really isn't that difficult of a recovery time!

Sep 20, 2013
healing time NEW
by: Erin

Hello! I haven't personally had it done but I've been told that it only takes a day before you are walking back to normal again. If you are in good health then it really isn't that difficult of a recovery time!

Sep 20, 2013
healing time NEW
by: Erin

Hello! I haven't personally had it done but I've been told that it only takes a day before you are walking back to normal again. If you are in good health then it really isn't that difficult of a recovery time!

Sep 20, 2013
IM nail rod removal - healing time - help! NEW
by: Becs

Hi there,
Any advice would be majorally apprecaited. i had IM nailing of Left tibia 15 months ago and am having issues with my pins so my surgeon says best thing is to do is remove them. My worry is i have planned for ages to do a ski season and leave in 8 weeks. What is the healing time after the rod removal and getting back to strength and full fitness? (i am a fitness finatic so train 6 days a week so will do any rehab recommended!) i just need to know from anyone who has had the surgery andhow they found the recovery?

i would be sooooo gratefull of a response :-)
Thank you

Sep 20, 2013
IM nail rod removal - healing time - help! NEW
by: Becs

Hi there,
Any advice would be majorally apprecaited. i had IM nailing of Left tibia 15 months ago and am having issues with my pins so my surgeon says best thing is to do is remove them. My worry is i have planned for ages to do a ski season and leave in 8 weeks. What is the healing time after the rod removal and getting back to strength and full fitness? (i am a fitness finatic so train 6 days a week so will do any rehab recommended!) i just need to know from anyone who has had the surgery andhow they found the recovery?

i would be sooooo gratefull of a response :-)
Thank you

Sep 20, 2013
IM nail rod removal - healing time - help! NEW
by: Becs

Hi there,
Any advice would be majorally apprecaited. i had IM nailing of Left tibia 15 months ago and am having issues with my pins so my surgeon says best thing is to do is remove them. My worry is i have planned for ages to do a ski season and leave in 8 weeks. What is the healing time after the rod removal and getting back to strength and full fitness? (i am a fitness finatic so train 6 days a week so will do any rehab recommended!) i just need to know from anyone who has had the surgery andhow they found the recovery?

i would be sooooo gratefull of a response :-)
Thank you

Aug 28, 2013
9.5 Months After NEW
by: Gabriel

Hello To All. I Postes 8 Months Ago Asking If I Could Run Soon. The Fact That I Am A Marine, My Self Pride Has Me Running. I Have To Take 2-800 Motrin Pills 45 Min Prior To My Runs. Today I Decided To Run Without Them And Only Ran 2 Miles. I Have A Major Pain Where My Leg Broke. Hopefully It's A Shin Splint. However, I Really Do Wish I'd Never Had This Surgery. I Played My First Soccer Game At 7 MOnths And Was Able To Run The Firld Pretty Well. Every Morning When I Wake Up I Feel The Same Pain In My Shin Of My Broken Leg. Tomorrow I'm Going In To Get It Seen And See What The Hell Is Going On. Hopefully I Didn't Demotivate Any Of You. Pain Is Weakness Leaving The Body...

Aug 14, 2013
laxman N Surve NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi Hunny,
It will take six to nine week to heal completely do not worry.Your leg will heal & will walk very soon.My tibia & fibula was broken in this year in January 2013.Now i m ok.God Bless u...Laxman N Surve

Aug 13, 2013
In response NEW
by: Anonymous

Wow that really sucks! I am sorry to hear that it is taking that long to heal. I broke my leg playing soccer in January 2012, and was doing light runs 6 months following my injury. I started soccer again in August. 7 months after my injury. I went to extensive physiotherapy sessions. And pushed my body till it hurt every day. Unfortunately I still have the knee pain and I am over a year and a half since my injury. And the only issues it causes me is I can't crawl or kneel. My leg has proven to be no other limit to me. I have been training and can now run faster than I could before my injury, sure shin splits are more common now.. But I feel stronger than I did before. I would push you leg if I were you, go to physio, go back and see your doctor about possibly having it removed if it is still causing you a lot of pain but the bones are healed.

Aug 13, 2013
trauma to lower tibia and fibula had titanium rod insert with screws. NEW
by: benji

hello there in much needed response but my questions are when will i be able to play and be fully active again? i broke my leg in a soccer game on june 1st 2012 and it is aug13 2013 and i dont feel 100 pecent ready. its sorta hard to run and i run with a gimp step. also my knee is killing me in pain from the surgery performed on the insert they cut through my acl and that hurts more than the break itself now. and my last question is how fast or how long is the healing/recovery process if i remove the insert and screws?

Aug 11, 2013
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Jun 01, 2013
Shattered Tibia & plateau NEW
by: Anonymous

I posted back in April and wanted to share an update. I had surgery for a shattered left tibia & plateau on January 15. I was in a wheel chair for 4 months (non-weight bearing). I couldn't use crutches as my left elbow was severely dislocated as well. In April I had a bad infection in my leg. I was put on a very high dose of antibiotics and it cleared the infection up within a couple of weeks. The doctor believes it was a stitch that didn't dissolve as it should have. I am now walking with a cane. I full range of motion with my leg ..... still working on the elbow. The doctor said that I've been doing amazingly well considering how bad I messed things up. I visited him on Friday and I don't have to go back for 3 months! Woo hoo!

I still have a lot of pain in my leg especially where the plates are located. The knee/plateau is the worst. Doctor said that at some point he may have to remove that plate. I'm not planning on doing anything right now. I'm just going to give it the year or year and half that he says it will take to heal. I don't want any more surgery!

Jun 01, 2013
Saz NEW
by: Anonymous

Erin, Why do you advise coming off pain killers as fast as possible? + I thought ibuprofen was anti-inflammatory so wasn't it a good thing to take that?

Jun 01, 2013
Saz NEW
by: Anonymous

Erin, Why do you advise coming off pain killers as fast as possible? + I thought ibuprofen was anti-inflammatory so wasn't it a good thing to take that?

Jun 01, 2013
To krishan NEW
by: Erin

Hey krishan!
Thanks for sharing your story, I can't believe how similiar our experiences have been. I was off crutches by 4-5 weeks, running by 6 months and playing soccer by 8 months. I'm a year and a half post op now and still will occasionally get shin splints when running long distances and after running around after a shift as a nurse my leg is usually pretty swollen. But it does get better! Make sure you keep walking everyday and go to physio even if your MD tells you not too. Mine told me I didn't need physiotherapy, but as a young active chick - physio will help you get back to running and working out again. As for pain killers - try and wean yourself as soon as possible. I was just taking ibuprofen by the 4th day post op. can't crawl though, my knee still has pain when I put any pressure on it, but that's a common complication for some people after an IM tibial rod insertion. But I have decided to keep my rod in my leg at this time, hoping the knee pain ceases after a few years. Anyway! Best of luck with recovery. (Ps I got out of hospital 2 days before you... But girls are tougher than dudes.) haha. Take care!

Jun 01, 2013
Re Saz - painkillers NEW
by: Krishan

Yeah sorry.
At hospital they would give me cocodomol and tramadol but only had it 3x.
Initially they only issued me cocodomol which I could only take every 4-5 hours and no more then 8 per 24 hours. 30mg/500mg. My thinking was this is the expected pain.
I started to struggle at the end of the 4/5 hours with the pain. (So would take a paracetamol to top up the painkilling)
I was then told by friends & family that I shouldn't have to feel this pain that much as my body would be concentrating on handling the pain rather then focusing on healing.
So on day 8, I called the out of hours and answered a lot of Qs. The doctor called me back and only then advised I should take ibroprufen no more then 3x a day.(OBVS ASK A DOC B4 ANYONE DOES THIS).
( If I hadn't of asked then I would have had to continue with cocodomel and top up of paracetamols)
It did help as it would give me that bit of pain relief and mentally knowing I had the extra to take if I needed.
Day 20. I'm now on 4-5cocodomels and 1-2 ibroprufens.. So say 1@10pm - 1@ 2am - 2@7pm and 1 or 2 ibroprufen when required.
It's causes me to be drowsy - so try and keep it to a low as much as poss- but everyone's situation is different.

Jun 01, 2013
Pain Killers NEW
by: Saz

I am amazed you are just on the one pain killer. I started on three, including morphine - lovely stuff and then was on two types. If you want a pain killer to work properly you need to take it continuously, not just at night. Why don't you ask your doctor if you can switch to ibuprofen as that might help reduce the inflammation?

Jun 01, 2013
Pain Killers NEW
by: Saz

I am amazed you are just on the one pain killer. I started on three, including morphine - lovely stuff and then was on two types. If you want a pain killer to work properly you need to take it continuously, not just at night. Why don't you ask your doctor if you can switch to ibuprofen as that might help reduce the inflammation?

May 31, 2013
IM rod - Tib and fib ... Part 2... .. 19 days in NEW
by: Krishan

The biggest pain I experienced was when standing up or even sitting with the leg down.
Because my leg and ankle swelled up massively, standing up the blood and pressure goes back into it and that caused the biggest pain for at least 5 days/ pain subsides considerably after that. But despite that at least 1hour a day for 5 days I stayed upright. But afterwards if have to lie down again with my leg raises on 2 pillows. Other pain is in the knee and ankle where screws are inserted but is intermittent and mainly at night. The 2nd night was hell - no sleep. But thankfully the painkillers make me drowsy.

My whole foot felt like it had a kind of pins and needles for a week. Then slowly it was only on big toe and inner side I foot. Think that's the swelling causing nerves to be pressed or the screws above the ankle causing some damage. A FOOT MASSAGE is a god send!! At its worst I'd take my cocodamel x2 and lie down. Get a foot rub for afew mins or more and that would help me get to sleep.

In terms of leg movement I do that every day, and push it a little more every 2 days. The swelling and bruising hindered me massively but I think it's good in some ways because u can try to get ahead of yourself.

My first outing was day 13 after the break to a wedding reception - I was in crutches, No shoe. But I hit the dancefloor afew times as I'm confident to put 5 -10% of weight on it. Even without admittedly 90% weight on my good side, which strains the hip after a while. His wa the 1st time I drank alcohol too - free drinks - 4/5 beers& 5/6 shots. (Ony took painkillers in the morning). Next day the foot and leg swole up abit, but its expected once you start the weight back on it.

I'm currently at day 19 after the break(still visible bruising and bits of swelling). The pain is still there mainly at night. Since day 5 I do crutch walking in the garden starting 10 mins, now at 30 mins. Putting a tiny bit of extra weigh on it each day. This stimulates bone growth and repair. Now at say 10 - 20% of weight in it. But I'm being abit more cautious now then to what I was last week.

I spell out the alphabet with my bad foot at least once a day. U see he difference after 1 week- (video the difference)
Tense my calf now bruising has mainly gone.but even after 19 days it seems to be 60% the size it was. Can't wait to even it out.

I hope to be off crutches in a month so 6 weeks.!! But I never know!!
And be playing football by 12 months - running in 6 months.

I feel I could write a essay on this but have missed a lot out!

May 31, 2013
IM titanium - Clean Tib & Fib NEW
by: Krishan - uk

Hi, I'm 25 and broke my right leg playing football after a tackle.
On 12th May 2013.
I know everyone else's experience is different but I realised it was broken right away! The pain and just knowing ur body. Usually I get up straight away due to high pain threshold, but not this time.
After X-ray I was scheduled for surgery the next day. It seems that the IM rod is the favoured process as I wasn't told of any other option?! I did say inwant the best and effective way forward to the orth consultant.
I had a soft cast after a morphine injection after X-ray for he night to restrict movement - not that i wanted to move it!!!

Next day i had surgery under anaesthetic. Immediately had discomfort on my Achilles' tendon, but not much else.
From videos on YouTube - they are pretty brutal an manipulate the ankle a lot to line up the rod in the bone!

I was in hospital from Sunday aft until Wednesday afternoon. They are really worried about compartment syndrome or infection which is why I wasn't home sooner.

I had a titanium rod and screw under knee and 2 screws above the ankle. The day after surgery, Physio had me on crutches!!
She got me to put my foot flat on the floor as walking in eggshells while in crutches and left foot down. She got me to walk up and down a flight of stairs. Was hard work- and I'm pretty fit. Also trying to move foot up and down, which was 5% on day 2 after surgery to 50% about 6 days after. Lifting leg up and down while lying down- hard at first but practices every day. And flexing knee 10% day 2. 50% day 4. And gradually almost 100% after 7 days.......

May 16, 2013
Rod and tibia fracture NEW
by: Lu

I'm at about 3 months now after spiral compound tibia fracture got a rod and 4 screws I can go on one crutch I been doing stationery bike 20-30 mins a day just started like 2 weeks ago I do some walking like about half of the day on the crutches so it can help stimulate my bone at (FWB) took the cam boot off my ankle still swollen not like before but it is I elevate when possible I feel pain around my ankle just wondering I been putting weight down on it as tolerated just wondering how much longer for the ankle pain to go away

Apr 27, 2013
To Lisa NEW
by: Anonymous

Lisa, you should be glad you didn't get surgery. I wish I hadn't (I posted further down this thread about my knee and leg pain from the IM rod surgery I had 2 years ago).

If your knee is alright, you should be rejoicing; knee pain can be life-ruining.

You should quit smoking, for the sake of your leg. Smoking tobacco is bad for healing.

Apr 24, 2013
Lisa NEW
by: Saz

Hi Lisa,

A friend of mine broke her tibia just above her ankle. They were unable to put a rod in because they could not put the screws in as the break was too close to the end of the bone. She had a full leg cast for six months. I have read that if you have a rod average mend time is 4 months and if you have a cast it is 5 months. If you have a cast your muscles waste more so there is more physiotherapy/ physical therapy to do later on. The good news is that my friend has made a full recovery and is physically very fit doing a lot of horse riding. The plus side of not having a rod is that you are not left with metal inside your leg. I have read that If you have a rod and it is not removed, if you break your leg again the forces on it are different and the break is likely to be much worse with a greater risk of amputation. Some people have the rod out after a year but it is not always possible to remove it. Re smoking I have read that this really stops the bone healing. I think it interfers with putting the calcium down to form the new bone. Good luck!

Apr 24, 2013
Tib/Fib fracture NEW
by: Lisa

I broke my tibia and fibula on Dec. 24, 2012. I have been in a cast for 4 months, and will be in my current cast for another 2 months - making it 6 months. Has anyone had a cast and not surgery? Is the recovery time longer? My tibia break is about an inch above my ankle and hurts badly. I have been walking with crutches. I am 45/female. My doctor said I need to stop smoking as it makes healing time twice as long. I didn't smoke the first 5 weeks, then started again.

Apr 24, 2013
Shattered tibia plus infection NEW
by: Saz

I am so sorry for your troubles. If I was you I would seek a second opinion if I could possibly afford it. Because it is a serious situation.
I'd shop around for the best consultant in this field and ask for an urgent appointment. I'd go down the list until you've got the soonest appointment for a good consultant.

Apr 23, 2013
shattered tibia and infection NEW
by: Anonymous

I fell Jan 13th and shattered my left tibia, plateau and severely dislocated my left elbow. Had surgery on Jan. 15th - one two inch plate, one 7 inch plate, 13 screws and 26 bone grafts. I spent 3 weeks in a rehab hospital. I was finally allowed to get out of my wheelchair and walk about two weeks ago. The pain was bad but it was still tolerable. Rarely took pain meds. Then last week my leg began swelling more than usual. I was looking at the 17" incision and pressed on a spot and a lot of pus began coming out. Made an appt. to see the doctor. He said he was going to treat it conservatively as if a stitch didn't dissolve and became infected. I'm taking 2000 mgs of Keflex a day for 14 days. He said that if it is a bone or tissue infection the antibiotic won't work. This is day 5 and my leg is still swollen really bad and the pain is almost unbearable. I did ask the doctor how long before I would be pain free and the swelling would go away. He said that I might not ever be pain free but it would take another year to a year and half for it to ease and for swelling to go away. I'm scare

Apr 15, 2013
Tibial IM Nail
by: Anonymous

I am a 43 year-old man and a 22 year veteran of Type 1 Diabetes, but am very strong. In late January 2013 I was roller skating with my girlfriend's daughter and suffered spiral fractures of my Tib/Fib.

I suffered for a week with a broken leg due to confusion in the emergency room. In early February 2013 a titanium rod and 2 screws was inserted into my Tibia.

I was back to work 1 week later (I am a paralegal and work for an understanding attorney). Within 3 weeks I was no longer using a boot or crutches, but was experiencing significant difficulty walking. My doc told me I was weeks ahead of schedule as compared to 99% of patients with my issue. I was told to utilize a cane....I bought a really nice one :D

To date I still experience daily swelling of my leg and ankle and have knee, shin and ankle pain daily as well. Most days I walk pretty good and don't need my cane unless I am walking a fair distance or my leg is tired and hurts. I still use half of a hydrocodone here and there. Overall, I feel quite good about my progress and my doc says I can be snowboarding next season :D

My recommendations: Don't be a pu$$y....push it as pain allows. Walk, walk, walk...it stimulates new bone growth. Elevate whenever possible. Stretch as pain tolerates. Supplement with liquid calcium consuming about 1,000-1,100 mg's twice daily. Drink lots of water and REST, REST, REST. Everyone is different and will have different healing times, but you can overcome it!!!

Thanks for allowing me to share my story.

Best Wishes!!!!!


Apr 10, 2013
Broken tibia a rod and 4 screws
by: Lu

Saz sounds good stay positive I'm on my 7 week after tibia surgery got a rod with 2 screws below knee and 2 above ankle I'm weight bearing as tolerated on crutches I'm starting therapy this week I been doing some foot pumps at home my knee I can bend at 135 deg. I guess we just gotta give out body time to heal. By the way I'm 26 yrs old

Apr 08, 2013
Rehabilitation at the gym
by: Saz

Hi Cookie,

I don't know what country you are in. Here in the UK my local leisure centre runs brilliant rehabilitation classes both in the water, doing Kinesis and circuit training. They have trained GP (doctor) referral staff who advise on what exercises to do at the gym and which classes to go to for each individual. The Principal Physiotherapist has complete confidence in them and my physiotherapist referred me to them. This meant that I got to do everything at half price for three months. Maybe you have something like that near you?

Saz

Apr 08, 2013
just recovering
by: cookie

Broke my tib and fib April 14 2012 in a car accident . I freak out when I seen the fixator holding my bones . Had surgery two weeks later my bone was a bit shattered got bone graft got 2 plates put in . When I waited 4weeks to take the staples off my leg It was infected , got admitted in the hospital for surgery they clean the infection put me a wound vac my skin in my leg wasn't pretty. I didn't have a cast because I had to leave the wound vac 6 weeks. And then I got a skin graft on the bottom front of my leg. Did my therapy lots of stretching ,but my medical insurance didnt cover enough therapy. So I did it myself at home .From a wheelchair to a walker to crutches now on a cane I seen my doctor a month ago he said one of my bones still needs mending so I have 2 options have bone graft or let natures do its course let it mend on its own . I couldn't go with another surgery so I let it mend . I walk with the cane but when I walk with out it I walk with a limp . Good luck to you all.

Mar 30, 2013
leg operation
by: Anonymous

Hi my self teena,
today,30th march 13 ,is my brothers operation of his leg . doctors have adviced to insert a rod in the right leg above ankle and below knee.
but he also has stiches there only and doctors are saying that if rod infected his wound then it will not be cured in whole india and they are also saying that in that case they should apply strechers.he is just 12 years old.

Mar 03, 2013
Hi Laxman
by: Saz

I was told that it takes about 4 months for a tibia with titanium rod and fibula to mend but 5 if they are in a cast. Mine without a cast stopped swelling around 6 -7 months. I still have a slight callus over by tibia but that's a good thing. Best people to ask are your physiotherapist and your surgeon/ consultant.

Mar 03, 2013
Unlucky
by: Saz

It sounds like you are really unlucky. I had a great surgeon and my leg after 8 months rarely hurts. I haven't had my IM rod out yet though.

Mar 03, 2013
Regrets
by: Anonymous

My IM nail (aka rod) surgery for my tibia left me with horrible pain in my knee, shin, and ankle, and tons of nerve damage in the knee and ankle.

I had the rod removed and that helped the pain in my shin. My knee is ruined, and will hurt for the rest of my life. Every day it feels like maggots are burrowing into my knee and eating it, and due to the nerve damage in my foot I can't enjoy most activities I used to enjoy.

I wish I had gotten a cast.

Mar 03, 2013
Healing time
by: Alison

Everybody's experience will be different, based on age and the nature of the fracture. I'm just seven months after my fracture, when I got an IM nail. I did not need a plaster cast following the surgery, and was able to weight-bear "as pain allowed". I got back to some kind of normal mobility after three months, but I am a 67 year-old woman, and my most energetic exercise is walking.
Yesterday I had the first walk I've had on rough ground, and was pleased to suffer no after-effects. Once I started walking without crutches again I tried very hard to match my leg action with the good leg, and not limp, even if that was painful at first.

Mar 03, 2013
fracture tibia and fibula
by: Anonymous

dear all,
i forget to mention my age.My age is 42 year.

Mar 03, 2013
tibia n fibula fracture on 30th January 2013
by: laxman

Hi dear all,
I was got accident on 30th Jan 2013 by 11 am and get fracture in both tibia and fibula.It was operated 31st Jan 2013 by placing titanium rod with five screws and after that they put half cast from below legs.I want to know that in how many days its will get heal? and when i will get recover and will be start my own leg as now i m suing walker.Still there is a swelling between ankle and fractures in tibia and fibula.I have been doing regular exersize recommended by physiotherapist at home.Please suggest me when will be it get heal?

with regards
Laxman

Feb 23, 2013
Healing time
by: Saz

It takes on average 4 months to mend a broken tibia and five if it's in a cast. When I say mend that is for the bone to 3/4 mend. The bone will go on strengthening and improving for up to a year. I think that I started to try to walk without crutches at three months which hurt and proved too soon. It set me back by about a month. You have to listen to your body and follow your consultant's and physical therapist's advice. Some physiotherapists think you shouldn't try to walk on one crutch as it may encourage a limp.Most people then lose this limp but a few inexplicably don't! Walking in the pool and on the tread mill are very good because it is gentler. When you can weight bear for walking walking poles may be helpful for a while because they will keep your posture good and discourage a limp. They are also brilliant for walking on steep rugged hills. Your leg will go on improving for up to a year from the date of the operation. If you have the rod removed after a year, you may have to be on crutches again but only for up to about three weeks. You won't be able to run until the screw holes grow in. Countries seem to differ on whether surgeons recommend removal of the rod. I have read that if you break your leg again with the rod in you are likely to be in trouble but on the other hand your leg will be far stronger with the rod in and therefore less likely to break.

Feb 13, 2013
Tibia fibula fracture
by: Nick

Hi,

I have got fractured my right leg's tibia and fibula while ice skating on 25th jan 2013. I fell such a way that my entire body wight came on the right foota and i could hear the crack..it was damnnnnn painful time, ohhh don't want to remind it again. I had surgery on 27th Jan, they put 13 screws and 2 plates. this is my 3 rd week, but still can't move my leg much, have a heavy cast, doc asked not to walk and have rest. I am just curious any one have same kind of injury, how much time will it take to walk/run again on my foot, atleast i can come back on work?

Thanks

Feb 01, 2013
im rod
by: Anonymous

i shattered my tib and fib over 11 months ago now and had two surgeries I was in the hospital for 13 days. the first im rod and screws had to be taken out and redone if i were to hopefully return to sports one day. so i have a im rod from knee to ankle and seven screws. I was in a wheel chair for 3 months then crutches for another 3. It took forever for the doctor to let me start bearing weight again and start to learn how to walk again. After 9 months of therapy im currently running and playing lacrosse again as of 2 weeks ago.playing lacrosse is how the injury occured. during practice my leg hurts im still on perscription painkillers. The pain is almost unbearable when playing but i wont let myself miss anymore practice. Ill do whatever it takes to get back to where i was. Which im close too now surpringly to everyone. As far as getting back to sports its metal. You have to let your mind take over your body no matter how hard it is.

Jan 19, 2013
Lower tibial osteotomy with plates/screws recovery.
by: Tine

Hi! I had a lower tibial osteotomy done 13 weeks ago. Not the same thing, as it wasn't due to an accident, but I'm guessing recovery/rehab is pretty much the same. I'm a 20 year old female.
I have a plate and 6 screws from my ankle and up, in addition to lengthening the gastronemicus and they did an osteotomy on my fibula approximately mid calf which they left broken without securing it.
0-4 weeks: cast splint (backside of calf & under foot) max. 10 kg load on foot. No pain in the hospital due to tons of drugs and immobility. Horrible swelling and pain in the mornings the first week after discharge. The pain went away a couple hours after getting out of bed, getting ready and making breakfast took forever and several breaks were needed!
Stopped using pain killers after 14 days, and Fragmin (anticoagulant) after 12 days.
4-8 weeks: walking boot, max. 30 kg load. Minimum pain, no meds needed. Swelling after walking a lot , or after having my foot down for longer periods. Went to see a PT, but after seeing him once a week for 4 weeks he wanted to wait until I got rid of the boot to do more.
After 8 weeks I was supposed to get rid of the walking boot and start bearing full weight, but my surgeon decided to keep it on for another 4 weeks. (turned into 5 as she was extremely busy) The area over one of the screws was swollen for a week, and the incision opened itself, but closed and went back to being swollen for another week. I could move the swelling around, but it went back to "starting position" and size shortly after I stopped putting pressure on it.
8-13 weeks: walking boot, still max 30 kg load, didn't use crutches or the boot around the house, but jumped around or slid my operated foot along as I "walked". I still had swellings, especially after using the foot more than it was used to! After week 11/12 I stopped swelling and I could finally see the plate through the skin! These 5 weeks were pretty much just filled with waiting..and waiting..so boring.
13 weeks: I went in for my 3 month checkup this week and am now bearing full weight. The bone hasn't healed as much as she hoped for, but she felt it was safe to let me walk normally, especially since using the foot will speed up the bone growth. I am still using the crutches when walking longer distances (to the bus, to the store etc) but I try to not use them at school, and to the mailbox etc. Hopefully I'll be rid of them for good in 2 weeks!
I see my PT 1-2 times a week and am doing different exercises at home to regain calf muscle strength and balance. I'm surprised by how weak my right leg is compared to the left one! I look pretty funny when I walk sometimes, but I'm hoping that I'll look more normal in a few weeks! I walk more smoothly in training shoes than in converse or with no shoes at all.
As for running, my surgeon said no jumping or hiking in mountains for at least another 3 months, which means 6 months post op. I'm guessing running is about the same, 6-8 months post op.

Jan 03, 2013
Help
by: Anonymous

Hello i broke my tibia when i was around 10 im 23 now but didnt have surgery just a cast put in. Now somedays after i get off work and i get home i feel so much pain around my ankle that i cant walk good what does that mean oh and my ankle swells alot and i have like little lumps behind my leg anyone recommend anything?

Dec 16, 2012
30 days
by: Dave

I broke my tibia and fibula 5 inches above my ankle 30 days ago november16 and had the im nail and am hobellin around with no cruches for the last 3 days! The doc said that i can put however much weight on it i want and to use pain as the indecater to stop! He said the weight stimulates the bone to grow faster! Your body senses the need for bone growth this is what the surgeon said. so 3 days ago i just started walking on it and my ankle cracked and poped an then it quit and now it feels more normal every day. The im nail takes most of the weight anyways. I go back for my next appointment in 2 weeks that will be 6 weeks.

Dec 15, 2012
To Gabriel
by: Anonymous

If you plan on having pins removed they can be removed after a year of pins in place (to stablizeyour structure) - It will be another year before you can run- That's what I had to do - Both legs damaged Nov. 10 2010 on same day - pins removed after year - keep up your physical therapy - I ran my first two 5ks this year ! Do not give up hope - eat well , and sleep well , give yourself time to heal - you will run again.

Dec 10, 2012
Range of movement exercises.
by: Anonymous

Hi Erin and Alison thank you very much for your helpful comments.

Erin I would love to know what your ROM exercises were.

Dec 10, 2012
Time to run
by: Anonymous

Hi Gabriel,

4 months is average time for tibia to heal with IM nail. Leg will go on improving up to 12 months after break. 12 months minimum time to have IM rod back out again. It sounds as though with your history you should have IM rod out again because if your break your leg with it in it can cause bad complictions.
Sorry I don't know time to running but you will find information on this in 21st Century Boy. Good luck!

Dec 10, 2012
Full Recovery???
by: Angel USMC

Hello To All. I'm Gunnery Sergeant Gabriel Jaramillo (United States Marine Corps) 31 yr Male who is at 10 wks after the tibial nailing on the R Tibia. This is the third time I break my tibia (different location) and decided to take the Tibial Nailing only because this time the pain was a lot stronger. Anyhow, I want to know how long before a full recovery after tibial nailing. I want to know how long it took some of you to be able to run again? Thanks in advance.

Dec 03, 2012
Saz re flying
by: Alison

I was given injections against DVT at the time of my surgery. I have had reasonably bad varicose veins for 40, yes 40 years, and don't see the surgery as a threat, but, as reading these comments make clear, each person's experience is different.
I get a different set of random symptoms in the area of the surgery every day, but nothing which bothers me more than fleetingly. I didn't take much in the way of pain relief at any time. Sometimes in the morning my left knee is stiff, but then so is my right knee!
I'm continuing to take it as easy a s possible and have done no "serious" walking, but normal activity still tires me unreasonably.
I was concerned too that my "discharge" X-ray still showed the break clearly, but it also showed a lot of healthy bone growth around it, and the consultant merely said no high-impact activity, like skiing.
My main exercise is stairs (my bathroom is upstairs) and walking to and from the car, about 50 yds. I intend to "up" the impact by trying to gently go more quickly up and down the stairs.
I would say your genetic make-up and lifestyle will be greater factors in risk of DVT than the surgery.

Dec 03, 2012
Flying/aching pain
by: Erin

Personally, I think your good to go to fly as long as you get up and walk around on the flight and stretch your legs. I am flying to Thailand in January from Canada. As for The hard bruise feeling.. I know exactly what you mean. I find that when I use my leg quite a bit it (like right now after 4 hours of running around at work) I get a feeling like shin splints, mostly localized over the area of my break. I mean, thinking about it - there was a lot of trauma to thy area and the remodeling phase of bones can take up to years! I've read other people's blogs.. And unfortunately most people find there is always that slight ache/odd feeling to the leg, but you get used to it after time.

Dec 03, 2012
Flying and Mend?
by: Saz

Thanks Erin that's helpful.

When I went for my final check up at the Fracture Clinic at 4 months I was told that the fractures had healed. I asked why the x-rays showed a big crack in my tibia still. The Dr said that technically a bone is mended when it is mended on 3 out of 4 sides and my tibia is mended on 3 out of 4 sides and as I have a rod for support it doesn't matter. However I think that that's probably why shin feels bruised if I do too much.
I asked her about flying. She looked quite taken aback by the question. She then said that as it had broken 4 months ago it should be alright if I took all precautions against deep vein thrombosis. But surely it shouldn't be calculated on the basis of elapsed time but rather on the state of the leg? I was told before not to fly from UK to USA as the risk of DVT would be too high. Am I really okay to fly long haul.
I get painful hard swelling on my shin right over the fracture site. She said she didn't know what this was but it wasn't callus as there wasn't much room. Any thoughts?
Thanks so much. Saz


Dec 02, 2012
To Saz
by: Erin

Sorry Saz! ROM is range of motion, I'm a nurse - so sometimes weird abbreviations for medical terms are thrown into my writing ha ha. And as for the rod staying in... Since its titanium - it won't be rejected by the body. They want to avoid doing surgery again because surgery is an invasive procedure, and with any type of surgery there is the risk of infection. Also that if you get it out, there is a chance it can cause pain afterwords or not relieve the pain that is being caused with it in. I don't know, personally - my opinion right now is to keep my rod in my leg until it becomes such an issue and causes me to be unable to do the things I want too. (1 year post operation in 27 days!!!!!!!!)

Dec 02, 2012
ROM and rod removal
by: Saz

Thanks for your information Erin. What is ROM? Also do you know why they recommend keeping the rod in in Canada? Thanks, Saz

Nov 28, 2012
Thanks
by: John field

Thanks for reply,I am back in hospital tomorrow for 1st visit since operation,hopefully staples are removed then,I was under the influence that the 1st visit back to hospital was to check for infections of the wounds?? Anyway,thanks again for your help,John.

Nov 28, 2012
To Saz/staples in leg
by: Erin

Hello! As for the staples they come out at 2 weeks at the most!

Saz, I was operated on in Canada (and for the most part they recommend keeping the rod in), and as for my rehabilitation program - I went to 7 sessions of physiotherapy but for the most part I did it on my own. Continual ROM and stretch exercises of my knee and ankle! After physio I just started going to the gym and taking it easy, the bike is definitely the best for an injury like this I found. Walking is the best for it too, low impact and easy on the knees lol!

Hope this helps,
Erin

Nov 28, 2012
Staples removal time??
by: John field

Hi,I am currently laid up after a tib and fib break,had IM nail insertion to tibia and obviously numerous staples to close wounds at screw and nail insertion points,my question is how long is it before staples are removed,I find them most uncomfortable,when attempting to exercise leg and rotate ankle I feel like the staples are on the verge of bursting open!!! Thanks,John.

Nov 21, 2012
Knees and rod removal.
by: Saz

Thanks, that's really helpful.

I think I'm one of the very lucky 30% with no knee tenderness. I understand that the actual procedure of taking the bone out through the knee to fix it involves pulling some tendons aside and this causes knee problems.

Where did you have your leg operated on?

It seems that in the US they are more likely to take the rod out than here.

It's so encouraging to hear that you are doing everything. I can't imagine jumping up and down again. What was your rehabilitation program?

Best of luck with the snow boarding. Saz

Nov 20, 2012
Rod Removal
by: Erin

Heyo, I'm 11 months post op from my IM tibial rod insertion after breaking my leg in a soccer game. I went to see the doctor about a month ago regarding getting it out because I have knee pain and can't kneel or put any pressure on my knee without pain. (but the doctor said that getting the rod out my not even help this pain!!!) Other than that - I have slight pain from time to time, but i've been back to playing soccer for months, ran a 5k race a few months back and there is nothing besides a few poses in yoga that I can't do anymore. Being only 22, i was curious about getting it out - Dr's told me that -

1. They recommend not getting it out unless there is evidence that a nail is out of the bone or irritating when it is bumped or you are having pain that could be caused by the nails.
2.The rod can remain in the bone for life - and it can be removed at any point in your life as well.
3. It can be a day surgery procedure, and as for walking - my doctor said that i would be off crutches and back to walking normally within DAYS or less.
4. Of course they recommend keeping it in because any surgical procedure increases you risk for infection and complications.

So of course, after hearing all of this, my decision to get the rod out was slightly altered. I decided that I would wait a few more months after i try snowboarding a few times and see how it feels on my knee. I have another appointment in a few weeks so i'll see what my decision is then. but i am leaning more towards keeping it in for a while seeing as it hasn't impeded any of my physical activity or sports i play. Hope this helps!

Nov 20, 2012
Rod removal
by: Saz

I think that the only reason to have the IM nail out if it's not causing a problem is if there is a high risk of future fractures e.g. sport such as kite surfing; parachuting. If you break your leg again it is likely to bend the rod. You may need an amputation!
Saz

Nov 20, 2012
Re removal of tibial nail
by: Alison

I didn't realise this was a possibility, Saz.I suppose it depends on your age. At 67 and in the UK mine is definitely permanent.
At 14 weeks post-op I'm pleased to be mostly pain-free and mobile, although I haven't tried a rough walk yet.
My X-ray last week showed plenty of new bone growth round the spiral fracture, although a line of fracture was still clearly visible.
I think I,ve been lucky, although fatigue is still a problem. A weekend visit to friends left me wiped out.
Sorry to hear Deanne's bad experience. I was lucky enough to have six weeks of almost total rest following my surgery, which I'm sure made a big difference to my recovery.

Nov 20, 2012
Having IM nail out.
by: Saz

I have an appointment for September 2013 to discuss possible removal of my IM nail. The doctor says having it out can cause problems. What might these be? What I don't know is how much care I would need after having it out and for how long? When would I be able to drive again in UK? It's in my right lower leg (tibia). How long would it be before I was walking on crutches? How long before walking without crutches? How long before being able to do everything?

Nov 19, 2012
11 months Post Op
by: Deanna

Hey everyone,
Wanted to check in and see how everyone is doing.. Good i hope. As for myself, recap for all who dont know. Im now 34 years old and Last Dec. I had Bilateral ankle fractures and a compound fracture to my left Tiba. Screws were placed in both ankles and a rod in the left leg. It is almost a year now from my accident and im sad to report that nothing has healed. I was also informed that the Tibia was actually cracked in 2 places which they call a spiral fracture and the Fibula was broken as well. Neither myself,my medical reports, or my PCP were informed of the extra injuries by the original ortho that did my surgery. I was diagnosed with Osteopenia which caused my bones to become so brittle if you remember, i didnt fall or anything, my legs just crumbled one day as i stood. After painful and uncomfortable testing involving radiation, they have come to the conclusion that there luckily is no infection in or around the bones. But, amongst other things the Ortho DIDNT do, or didnt do right, they found that the screw he placed in the left leg with the rod was actually too long.It caused none of the 3 fractures in the left leg to be close enough together to begin to fuse. I have since had to leave my home and move to another state to get help from my sister financially and with my 4 children. I have been given papers from all my doctors perminantly disableing me and i will be applying for SSD in a few weeks. I am set up in my new home state at an orthopedic clinic and they are making plans to schedule me for a repair surgery probably in Jan 2013. They feel they need to take the screw out but also wont know if they have to rebrake any of the bones to heal,they wont know until they look inside. This has been and still is a bad bumpy ride in which i wouldnt damn on anyone. I lost my job,my home, my savings.. pretty much everything because of a careless surgeon. I was referred to a lawyer by one of my doctors who truly feels that if the right hardware was placed, i would have healed over 6 months ago. Ill update more at my next visit :-) Again i hope you all are recovering well.. sending hugs.

Nov 19, 2012
Mended or 3/4 mended?
by: Anonymous

I went for my last check up at the fracture clinic. I was surprised when the doctor told me my leg was mended as I had seen big cracks on the x-ray. She explained that if a bone is healed on 3 out of 4 sides it is technically mended! Why is the criteria for a mended bone mended on 3 out of 4 sides?

Oct 30, 2012
take your time
by: Anonymous

Please take your time take rehab seriously and a teammate of mine rebroke his leg today at football practice which he initially broke during spring football, so please don't be in a huge hurry to come back. He was guy too, about 6'4 30

Oct 27, 2012
Re anonymous
by: Alison

Try to be patient. I don't have so many years ahead of me as you. If you don't heal properly now you may have lots of problems and pain in later life. Saz is right, you should ask your consultant when you can start weight-bearing, and follow his advice, even if you think you are ready. You'll be surprised how quickly you'll improve once the bone has mended.

Oct 27, 2012
Reply to anonymous 13 year old
by: Anonymous

Hi Anonymous,

Best to follow your consultant's advice.
They don't tend to put rods in young people's legs as they are still growing.
Do you have a laptop/computer? I find that time whizzes by when I am on mine. How about reading a book that you are interested in?
Saz

Oct 26, 2012
Healing time
by: Anonymous

Hi i recently broke my left leg around the same area as yours but they said because i am only 13 they didnt put a rod in my bone but rodes on the side inside the skin being held by a metal plate and screws and i am wondering if it would about the same time of waiting to walk because its been about 6 weeks i believe and the doctor said its still broken and not together and i am advised not to walk on it.. Please anyone answer the question its boring to stay home :/

Sep 12, 2012
Thank you
by: Saz

Alison,

Thank you for your kind comments,

Best wishes,

Saz

Sep 12, 2012
Walking poles
by: Alison

Thanks Saz. I have used walking poles in the past, but only found them useful when my lower back was bothering me, the rest of the time the inconvenience of carrying them outweighed the benefit. I suspect I may be glad of them again in the future.
I am also concerned about the effect of my unbalanced gait on my back. I already have screws holding together the lowest joint where I had a disc removed in my 30s. My collection of surgical metalwork is quite impressive!
I have found the internet and your comments have been a real help in this, week 5 of my IM nail. I was beginning to feel a bit of a wimp for not wanting to do more. Now I'm proud of myself for doing so well!
To anyone else with a new tibial nail reading this, let the leg tell you when it's ready to do more. Ignore it at your peril.
Best wishes, A.

Sep 12, 2012
Hill Walking
by: Saz

Alison,
One of my physiotherapists recommends walking poles once one is weight bearing. They help prevent limps and support stability but don't bear much weight. They'd be great for going up and down hills.

By 50% weight bearing, I mean using two crutches at the same time.
By 100% weight bearing I mean walking without crutches.

Good luck with your review.

Saz

Sep 12, 2012
Hill Walking
by: Saz

Alison,
One of my physiotherapists recommends walking poles once one is weight bearing. They help prevent limps and support stability but don't bear much weight. They'd be great for going up and down hills.

By 50% weight bearing, I mean using two crutches at the same time.
By 100% weight bearing I mean walking without crutches.

Good luck with your review.

Saz

Sep 12, 2012
Hill Walking
by: Saz

Alison,
One of my physiotherapists recommends walking poles once one is weight bearing. They help prevent limps and support stability but don't bear much weight. They'd be great for going up and down hills.

By 50% weight bearing, I mean using two crutches at the same time.
By 100% weight bearing I mean walking without crutches.

Good luck with your review.

Saz

Sep 12, 2012
Re nailed
by: Alison

Thanks Saz, Your progress seems similar to mine. I was away from home when I fell, so I'm not able to consult the surgeon who did the work on me, unfortunately. I get my six-week check at my local hospital next week, and if I can see a mended bone I'll be trying the car next day! At my age I'd rather do less now to ensure a strong mend than overdoing it now and ending up with a weakened limb. I am realistic and accept that it's never going to be back to how it was. Just so long as I can still get up a hill occasionally!
Best wishes A.

Sep 11, 2012
Healing time - tibia
by: Sazofraz

Alison,
Your title 'nailed' suggests you have an IM nail. I am 51 and broke both my tibia and fibula.I have an IM nail. I was allowed to drive at 6 weeks. In UK you just have to be able to do an emergency stop. At 10 days I was allowed to 50% weight bear and at 6 weeks to 100% weight bear. The more pressure that you put on your broken bone within reason, the more it bleeds, the more it mends. Of course it is important to follow your doctor's advice. I was lucky that I had a very good surgeon. After some simple physiotherapy exercises my knee bends perfectly well and is not giving me any trouble.

Good luck with your recovery.

Saz

Sep 11, 2012
Nailed 10/08/12
by: Alison

Ruth's comments very comforting. I'm 67 and broke my tibia out walking. I'm finding it hard to accept that, 5 weeks later, my energy levels remain low. After reading others experiences I realise I'm not doing too badly. My ankle gives me most pain. I think I damaged ligaments in the accident. Knee flexion isn't too bad but I'm dismayed to think it will now always bother me.
I'm mostly concerned about when I can drive again, as I live alone semi- rural.
I was encouraged to "mobilise as pain allows" from the start, but am still not sure whether weight-bearing will delay the bone knitting properly. I try to go by what my body says, which, luckily, is mostly "let's go back to bed"!
Any idea about when I might drive again would be welcome, although I realise each case is different.

Sep 11, 2012
Nailed 10/08/12
by: Alison

Ruth's comments very comforting. I'm 67 and broke my tibia out walking. I'm finding it hard to accept that, 5 weeks later, my energy levels remain low. After reading others experiences I realise I'm not doing too badly. My ankle gives me most pain. I think I damaged ligaments in the accident. Knee flexion isn't too bad but I'm dismayed to think it will now always bother me.
I'm mostly concerned about when I can drive again, as I live alone semi- rural.
I was encouraged to "mobilise as pain allows" from the start, but am still not sure whether weight-bearing will delay the bone knitting properly. I try to go by what my body says, which, luckily, is mostly "let's go back to bed"!
Any idea about when I might drive again would be welcome, although I realise each case is different.

Sep 10, 2012
onlysprained
by: alicia

It was ok, ive never broken a bone , but are crutches fun?

*- im only 11,and im lucky,have to go, bye.

P.S.-Good luck,and TNX.

Aug 31, 2012
compound fracture in 1987 tib/fib
by: david stevens, CA

Momo accident Nov. 87...external Fixator (no perm.pins)..crushed ankle...17yr old male

Let me start of by saying, my surgeon testiified against me in court telling the jury I would have a 90-%100 recovery...I wish I can sue him for that....his expertise was misleading and he was paid to do it- Malpractice to me.

2012- I have permanent nerve damage to the outer skin of roughly %25 of the said leg, random pain on almost a daily basis, limited motion (possibly my own lack of physical therapy/lack of funds to do so), Malunion of the bone (causing shortening)- which leads to mis-alignment of skeleton, which leads to hip/lower back issues/pain, which after a while can cause neck pain/ headaches (maybe but no headaches for me), & the psychological affects of not being the whole person you once were...sports (even amongst friends) it can affect you business...just as being a worthy golf player can traslate to give you respect in the business world... If your a gimp, now what?

I can deal with it, cause I have to but, I just hate that this asshole Doctor received payment to talk about something he either didn't understand or lied about.
I believe I suffered for the last 20 someodd yrs of PAIN that was connected to an wrongful action someone comitted (accident yes) and it bugs me...a little.

So to anyone out there suffering from this condition, it's all about the long term and don't let the "experts" that down play your injury get the last say so.

And yes, you can over come all of this or choose to ignore the pain...Yes you can!!!

But, once you get older it will come right back..lol :-)

Aug 30, 2012
Broke tib/fib 5 weeks ago.
by: Henry

I broke my tib/fib 5-6 weeks ago and had to get a rob put in my leg ankle to knee. I have just been to the physio and now I am without crutches all together. The pain does come if I walk or stand around for a period of time (20-30) mins. The consultant told me 14 weeks is the normal healing time for the break. Once your past week 2 and have the stapes taken out you are on your way up and start moving much better.

Aug 30, 2012
Broke tib/fib 5 weeks ago.
by: Henry

I broke my tib/fib 5-6 weeks ago and had to get a rob put in my leg ankle to knee. I have just been to the physio and now I am without crutches all together. The pain does come if I walk or stand around for a period of time (20-30) mins. The consultant told me 14 weeks is the normal healing time for the break. Once your past week 2 and have the stapes taken out you are on your way up and start moving much better.

Aug 30, 2012
Dear Hunny Wadhwani,
by: Anonymous

Dear Hunny Wadhwani,
as you sad you meet an accident in May 08, already four years pass. Are you not able to walk without help or a typing mistake.

Aug 29, 2012
Broke Tib/Fib
by: Mark, UK

Hi all,

Some intersting stories.. broke my tib / fib 2 weeks ago playing football.. had im nail inserted 16,8,12 and told weight bear when comfortable..with in ten days i was walking/hobbling without crutches indoors.. got near full ankle movement and knee pain is subsiding.. consultant recommended that physio wouldnt be any use until fully mobile.. spoke to my trusted physiotherapist who said there was plenty we could do..i.e stetching and walking technique with and without crutches.. getting married in 2 and a half weeks and physio is optomostic about having no crutches on day!..Im eating healthy,taking amino acids,glutamine and protein supplements doing my exercises and elevating..just got to put the effort in.. all going well at moment apart from that throbbing pain in leg when youve been stood up for 5-10 mins!! anyone know when that stops??.. any questions please ask.. thanks, Mark.

Aug 24, 2012
I fell on ice in 2004
by: Anonymous

I am 43 years old.I broke my Fib, Tib and ankle in 2 places. The doctor decided did not have any rod's inserted .. let the body heal itself. I was in a cast for 4 months.. Therapy for 6 more. mos... after that I was fine .. 2 Years later .. I am as good as new .. Dont have the RODS inserted !!!!!

Aug 13, 2012
Thank god for technology
by: gary

1980 I broke my fima ,tibia and fibula all compound fractures in a motorcycle accident...without rods and pins i spent 6 months in traction 8 months in plaster cast, months of physio with,knee and ankle manipulation under anaesthetic.Took me 16 months to walk unaided. Aches and paine's never went away being careful in everyday activity. With the advancement of orthopedic implant technology and operative techniques, traction is rarely used today( thank god).32 years later now aged 51 with athritis setting in my joints,they have deteriorated fast in the last 10 yrs due to this.Hips,ankle,knee and back problems.looks like i need a knee replacement and my ankle fused in the very near future. I often wonder if today's tecnology was available then how diffrent i would be feeling today.


Aug 06, 2012
To the girl with knee pains from an IM nail.
by: Anonymous

I broke my fibula and tibia badly a month ago so I had an IM nail from knee to ankle. The top of my bones are screwed together with a bolt. I had no weight bearing for about 3 weeks, then 50% weight bearing with physio. The surgeon did say before he operated that people with IM nails tend to get tenderness in their knees when they kneel for ever. I guess this is because the rod goes in through the knee. I never did like weeding anyway and here's the perfect excuse. Anyway so far so good for me. The registrar said about 2 weeks ago that she thought I'd be driving in 6 weeks. The physio said eventually. Who decides?

Jul 25, 2012
IM rod - broken tin and fib 3 1/2 months post op
by: Alan

I broke my tib and fib on the 5th may . I was involved in a hit and run , I had x-rays and they showed I broken tib in two places, I had a rod inserted and told to NONE weight bare for four weeks , at this time I had no cast on. When I went back to the hospital they put me in a cast for four weeks because from what i could make out it looks like they said it wasn't healing up very quick. After the four weeks I had the cast off and was told to put light pressure on it 25% of my body weight. Progress was good. But the X-rays didn't really show much progress for me but the doc said other wise (doctors can see stuff u can't).
Four weeks after I went back for more X-rays the bone had started to fuse together, but very slightly (slow progress I thought) the doctor advised me to start walking and put about 70-80% pressure on it. He said start to use the one crutch almost like a walkin stick
I have another appointment in 8 weeks he said he expects to see me walking without the crutches by the time I come back (first 3-4 weeks of 8 week period 70-80% pressure, all my body weight there after) .I asked about physio and he said I don't need it yet :s which I thought was weird.
My leg feels stronger by the day when Im walking on it but it feels weird, almost asif I can feel the breaks when I walk ,slight pain in the fracture. Is this normal ? Pain is very mild 2/10 pain factor anybody else have this too ?.


Jul 21, 2012
To Emma
by: Ruth

Hi Emma

I totally agree that when they took my staples out at the end of week 2 it was a great turning point. The majority of the swelling had gone and the awful feeling you get when you put your leg vertically eases. I only had a temporary plaster before surgery so have had a lot of flexibility once the swelling went. Just no energy for anything and my leg is only happy if elevated.

I have a follow up meeting at the hospital in 3 weeks (week 6) and am hoping i'll get the all clear to start physio. And return to work.

thanks for replying to my earlier post.

ruth


Jul 21, 2012
Tibia facture still not heal after 9 month
by: Anu

My son had broke his tibia in an accident 9 month ago. A nail was inserted. Doctors thought that it may heal in 2-3 months of time. But progress is very slow. May be bone grafting will be required. Pls advice if any one have such case

Anu

Jul 20, 2012
To Ruth
by: Emma jones

Ah Ruth, you're breaking my heart, 'cos the early days really suck!

I remember perking up an awful lot after the stitches were taken out, are you at that point yet? Before that, I was working 2 mornings a week and literally falling though the door and sleeping until my 8 year old came in from school

I guess I was sleeping from 2 to 3.30pm until those awful stitches came out then it suddenly seemed easier. I guess we all have a turning point, that was mine and yours will come.

I'm three months post op now (6 weeks out of plaster) and today got cleared to jog and zumba again, just need to find the confidence to do it!

Still hate the awful metal work in my leg and it makes me sick to think of it, so I try not to

Awful experience, good luck. You will look back and maybe not laugh, but definitely smile ironically! X

Jul 17, 2012
my im nail
by: ruth

hi emma

i think / hope you are in the same situation as me, i also live in the UK. i have had an im nail inserted in my tibia. They have left my fibula to heal by itself as the tibia keeps it in place.

I'm now into my third week and have been weight bearing since the day after the op. however i'm soooo tired. it takes all my energy to get up, showered and dressed in the morning. By 1pm i'm asleep for a couple of hours. is it normal to be so tired in the first month.

physio is due to start week 6/8.

thanks

ruth

Jul 10, 2012
tib n fib fracture
by: brad.k.

I had a dirtbike accident june 10, 2012. Compound fracture of tibia below knee, 2nd fracture above ankle, and broken fib, and big toe. I also broke my thumb, one finger and fractured my elbow. All on the left side. Injuries to my arm mean that crutches are out of the question for a while. I had an external fixator to my leg the next day, that stayed in for 2 weeks. then i got a tibial nail. its been one month since the accident, im out of hospital, get around in a wheelchair, that is no fun at all. my doctor says i can put 20kg weight on my leg. Since the nail went in I have made every effort to bend my knee, and pull my toes back towards my knee, stretching my calf, this is painful, but its worth doing, every day, 2 or 3 times for ten minutes. generally my leg isnt too sore at all, my knee and ankle ache, but mostly when im in bed, or when im not moving them around, they get stiff. Generally i think my recovery is going to plan but it is a slow process, frustrating for me, im usually very active. going back to work also seems a way off. Partially due to my injured hand. My thinking is that keeping everything moving is very important, move or stretch until it hurts, then just a tiny bit more, then tomoro it will be a bit easier. Im back to see my ortho people in 6 weeks, hand therapy once a week until then.Set yourself short term goals. another bit of advice is try not to let things get you down, put things in perspective, you may have a broken leg, many many people have far more serious things to worry about, things that may never get better!

Jul 10, 2012
tib n fib fracture
by: brad.k.

I had a dirtbike accident june 10, 2012. Compound fracture of tibia below knee, 2nd fracture above ankle, and broken fib, and big toe. I also broke my thumb, one finger and fractured my elbow. All on the left side. Injuries to my arm mean that crutches are out of the question for a while. I had an external fixator to my leg the next day, that stayed in for 2 weeks. then i got a tibial nail. its been one month since the accident, im out of hospital, get around in a wheelchair, that is no fun at all. my doctor says i can put 20kg weight on my leg. Since the nail went in I have made every effort to bend my knee, and pull my toes back towards my knee, stretching my calf, this is painful, but its worth doing, every day, 2 or 3 times for ten minutes. generally my leg isnt too sore at all, my knee and ankle ache, but mostly when im in bed, or when im not moving them around, they get stiff. Generally i think my recovery is going to plan but it is a slow process, frustrating for me, im usually very active. going back to work also seems a way off. Partially due to my injured hand. My thinking is that keeping everything moving is very important, move or stretch until it hurts, then just a tiny bit more, then tomoro it will be a bit easier. Im back to see my ortho people in 6 weeks, hand therapy once a week until then.Set yourself short term goals. another bit of advice is try not to let things get you down, put things in perspective, you may have a broken leg, many many people have far more serious things to worry about, things that may never get better!

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Jun 30, 2012
One Year Later
by: Faith Arise

I broke my leg May 2011 and received a rod and screws. When they did the surgery I could not put any weight on it at all for 8 weeks. I did physical therepy just to get my confidence up but now I work on my own at the gym. I lost all my muscle in the leg. I can lift weights with my good leg 50 pounds. My right I can barley do 20 lbs. I go through shoes every three months because if I do not replace them my leg starts to hurt really bad! I don't know if I should go to the Dr. because everytime I bend down my knee makes this tearing noise. When I land on my leg funny I get pain shooting through my leg! I did get one of my screws out because of it protruding out of my ankle and know that causes a lot of pain too! I am concerned about my knee and I don't know for sure if this is normal or not!

Jun 30, 2012
One Year Later
by: Faith Arise

I broke my leg May 2011 and received a rod and screws. When they did the surgery I could not put any weight on it at all for 8 weeks. I did physical therepy just to get my confidence up but now I work on my own at the gym. I lost all my muscle in the leg. I can lift weights with my good leg 50 pounds. My right I can barley do 20 lbs. I go through shoes every three months because if I do not replace them my leg starts to hurt really bad! I don't know if I should go to the Dr. because everytime I bend down my knee makes this tearing noise. When I land on my leg funny I get pain shooting through my leg! I did get one of my screws out because of it protruding out of my ankle and know that causes a lot of pain too! I am concerned about my knee and I don't know for sure if this is normal or not!

Jun 22, 2012
Tib/Fib compound w/ pin
by: Davidm1519

I was in a MC Crash in the beginning of January 2012. The tib/fib was only 1 injury there were many others. My knee, wound site & ankle are killing me. Its been over 5 months post op. I follow every doctors direction and have been PTing allot. I can barely walk let alone run, lol. I used all of my contracted time at work and am back on a light duty capacity. The pain is intense sometimes I can't even sit still. I got off all the meds and only utilize a prescribed Motrin maybe twice a day. Did I say the pain was intense, geez. when I complain to my Doctor he said he didn't do anything to my knee. He gave me a cortisone shot on my last visit that didn't do anything. P.S. The shot needle is huge and it hurts. Still PTing hoping for some relief.

Jun 21, 2012
Broke my Tibia 9 months ago.
by: Matty

Hi all. Ineresting read.
I broke my tibia back in October 2011, a clean break to which the lady who did the initial X-Ray simply said "Wow, you have done a good job there" :)
They decided that because it was a clean break, that they wouldn't operate and let nature take its course. A full leg cast was put on and X-rays every 4 weeks. Litereally nothing happened, and I mean that the leg didn't heal at all. It looked the same in early April 2012 as it did when I broke it.
So I went in for an IM Nail on April 16th. Now it has been 2 months since the op and it still isn't healing, plus my leg has been set with my left foot pointing way out of line to the left. I can walk on it a bit but get the most staggering Knee pain and where the break is, plus my left foot is a constant dark purple colour. My ankle and foot are swollen, I'm still on crutches and basically had enough.
To top it all I have just been told that I have lost my job and because of that we have lost all Govt benefits until they assess me, oh and me and my partner have a disabled daughter.
Absolute nightmare. Anyone any ideas on what is wrong with me?
Much love.

Jun 20, 2012
Broken Fib and Tib - 5 days post surgery
by: kate

my surgeon gave me so little information on what to expect that it's been so helpful to hear everyone's stories.
Got in a bike accident june 15th while on my bike. Broke both my tibia and fibula, but at such an angle that I had no choice but to go into surgery asap and get a rod and screws.
I really didn't realize the amount of pain that I would be in. I also didn't realize there would be RIDICULOUS swelling - my skin has gotten so taut and my leg and foot so big that my ankles were invisible. And my leg is currently a giant bruise. My surgeon told me to start weight bearing straight away, but I can barely even move my toes or foot. So, I'll just have to heal in my own time.
My current concern is that I can feel grinding in my leg when I move around. It's really freaking me out. I can also feel the screws in my knee and ankle - sometimes I get sharp pangs. Does anyone else recall that for themselves? When i was doing some of the excercises for motion that I got from a PT, I started having some extreme pain and swelling! I took the day off, but am hoping to get back at it tomorrow. It's just this grinding that makes me shudder.

Jun 19, 2012
Response and Question
by: Erin

Hello!
In response to your question, I'd say the knee pain you definitely need to get looked at. I have had the same surgery as you and did not have a problem bending my knee - although I can not kneel on it now and I'm almost 6 months post operatively. I'm the girl that broke her leg in a soccer game at the end of December from a chick kicking my leg. I have a IM tibial rod. I have been running for the last month and a half and I get a lot of pain at the site where my bones broke at the end of December 2011. Has anyone dealt with this kind of pain? I have read that it may possibly just be the strain on the bones during the remodeling phase of healing. What kind of braces do you guys wear when running or playing sports for anyone who has broken there tib/fib before? I have tried with a knee brace but do I even need one? I have a rod in my leg still, but I am going to go and get the top screw out of my tibula at the end of the summer and see if it relieves the pain in my knee because at the moment I can't even kneel on it at all. (is kneeling something that I really need in my life though???) I am hoping to be back at soccer by the end of the month, 6 months post op!!!! Dammit this breaking a leg is a tough recovery time. Best of luck to you all. keep us all updated!

Jun 03, 2012
Biagio broken new
by: Skully

Hi all, I had surgery 12 days ago for tib/fib. This is the 2nd time I broke this leg in a year:(

Biagio, last year when I had my break, they put a plate on the tibia but left fibula ( the smaller outside bone) to heal on it's own. Well there was awhile there I could feel that moving around. It was lined up but not connected for awhile, so it definitely moved around, wonder if u have that situation.

I have a question, this time around they put an IM rod in my tibia. For those of youngish had that what did doc tell you about bending your knee? Doc told me nothing and it feels VERY weird if I try, can't bend all the way either & it just feels like it needs to be 'cracked' like when you crack your knuckles? It's driving me NUTS. I see doc on Monday but he is not very talkative and I can barely understand him. I will be transferring to a new doc soon, but for now I feel so clueless. I have a splint on now, hoping to get stitches out & get a walking boot on Monday. Think that's possible or too soon? Besides the rod implant, they also removed my old plate & 11 screws from last years break near my ankle, and also added a new plate to tibia closer to the knee. I know that's a lot of work that's been done but I'm still hoping. Any ideas?

And as for timeframes on healing, my break last year, the bones were healed mostly at about 3 months, still had walking boot, no crutches and started therapy at that time. Boot was gone at about 4 month mark and I was playing roller derby (how I initially broke it) again at the 6 month mark. Felt back to 100% skills wise at 9 month mark AND the biggest surprise of all ..... Broke it again at the year mark, right above where the plate ended. A spot that I always complained about feeling weak to both PT & doc. Right where the fibula was left to heal on it's own and supposedly had. But anyway I was with 5 other roller derby girls with breaks and that was about the average healing time for all of us. That's my story:)

Jun 01, 2012
Biagio
by: KQ

Sorry to hear about your break. Everyone wants to know when they will heal. That depends on the type of brake , where you broke it on your leg and how fast your body heals. Not sure about what is moving on your leg but my leg itched allot and I was told that was my body healing the brake. I wish you the best of luck. And do not worry you will get better.

Jun 01, 2012
Broken
by: Biagio

Hi I have broken my lower leg and have had surgery to repair my leg it has been nine days. Although I am doing quite well with pain I am worried that I can't seem to get any idea as to how long this might take. I also have osteoarthritis in the knee and am wondering if this will harm me in any way later. I am wearing an air cast on it and remove it a couple of times a day as per my physician and I can feel like there is something moving on the outside of my leg ,what could that be.
If anybody has any ideas please let me know.

May 24, 2012
early weight bearing
by: Emma Jones (Anonymous 2 posts down, didn't know you could put a name in .... duh)

They don't tend to remove hardware in the UK unless it causes complications later on. Mine will just stay in. Was advised that I may need it removed if I'm a boot wearer (which I have loads of pairs of), but I think I'd rather swop to shoes that go through any of that again!

The advice I was given is that the ankle is stronger now than it was before, it's all about confidence and pain. When I've got the first and lost the later, time to get on with my life!

No mention of PT, don't think I'd bother anyway. Best PT is using it. I've cleaned my oven, bathroom and done three loads of washing and ironing today - it's a bit swollen, but not sore.

I am NEVER skating again, I'll stick to the dancing, swimming and biking. Cambridge family bike ride on July 8th, am hoping to be able to that - that's my goal!

Some of the recovery times here are awful, I think I've got off lightly and I'm still smiling and thaking my lucky stars!

Fingers crossed for getting back on that bike next weekend, although I can't match 20 miles straight away, I've been sat on my sofa for nearly two months! Can't wait to get back in the woods on it ... *sighs!!!*.

May 24, 2012
early weight bearing
by: Emma Jones (Anonymous 2 posts down, didn't know you could put a name in .... duh)

They don't tend to remove hardware in the UK unless it causes complications later on. Mine will just stay in. Was advised that I may need it removed if I'm a boot wearer (which I have loads of pairs of), but I think I'd rather swop to shoes that go through any of that again!

The advice I was given is that the ankle is stronger now than it was before, it's all about confidence and pain. When I've got the first and lost the later, time to get on with my life!

No mention of PT, don't think I'd bother anyway. Best PT is using it. I've cleaned my oven, bathroom and done three loads of washing and ironing today - it's a bit swollen, but not sore.

I am NEVER skating again, I'll stick to the dancing, swimming and biking. Cambridge family bike ride on July 8th, am hoping to be able to that - that's my goal!

Some of the recovery times here are awful, I think I've got off lightly and I'm still smiling and thaking my lucky stars!

Fingers crossed for getting back on that bike next weekend, although I can't match 20 miles straight away, I've been sat on my sofa for nearly two months! Can't wait to get back in the woods on it ... *sighs!!!*.

May 24, 2012
Early weight bare
by: kq

Awesome Story!! You still have your hardware in which gives the strength. You are very fortunate.
I prefer vodka or a good margarita, I smoke a few too! I hope you will get back on your skates! I have to wait until after Nov. to skate ,then it will be a year after I've had pins removed. Then off I go!! I ride my bike 20 miles a day!

May 23, 2012
early weight bearing
by: Anonymous

Gosh, some of your comments are horrific! Thought I'd add mine to give some hope ...

After fracturing my left fibula close to the ankle bone roller skating, I was given orif surgery.

The pain after wasn't too bad, although the blood pooling gave me grief for a fair few days.

10 days after this the stitches were removed and I was offered the option of a below the knee cast and a walking shoe. The advice for walking was 'hobble around the house, but use crutches when you go out'. Basically I was full weight bearing. Within a few days I had the confidence to even go up and down the stairs.

I followed this to the letter (terrified I was doing too much). Today (four weeks after the stitches came out to the day), I returned to have an air cast boot fitted.

However, I was told that (quite possibly because of the walking) the fracture had healed so well I didn't need one. I was 100% discharged with no check ups needed. I have xrays taken today and they are amazing!!!

I insisted on having a walking boot (not an air cast) just to build my confidence up, but I am surprised to say that as soon as I got home, I walked across the room without it!

I have been advised to exercise caution for a week, then I can commence driving my manual car and cycling,(gently for the later, no off roading just yet). Within two weeks I can basically just get on with it

Don't loose heart, talk to your consultant and ask them to consider early full weight bearing. I have read a lot of these pages and in the UK they have started to tend to encourage early full weight bearing readily - with amazing results, not so elsewhere in the world. The chances of me harming this plate (their words) are 'extremely minimal'.

I broke my ankle seven weeks ago and am close to getting my life back.

I am 38, female, a smoker (although only a few a day), love gin (!), have a moderate diet and am (was!) quite fit, with a good BMI. I am quite tally ho about pain and don't tend to let it get me down. Howevever, I was quite depressed straight after the accident thinking about three months laid up.

I would add that my consultant was very young - I'd be surprised if he was older than me. I would also say that I was treated at one of the best (if not THE best) hospitals in the country. I'd say break your ankle in the UK and get a young consultant!

Good luck to all of you - talk to your consultants, beg if you have to!

May 13, 2012
Update, over 4 months into recovery
by: Deanna

Hello.. Thank you for the kind words.. and yes i agree,meds for anxiety and depression is probly not the best solution but i think its helping a little. I got the results back from my Dexascan & bloodwork and sadly i must say after the 50,000 unit dose series of vitamin D,my levels are still off the chart low :-( My dexascan diagnosed me with Osteopenia which has been explained to me as the early stages of Osteoperosis. At age 33 i am not happy about this at all. I have gotten some really good information online and from my doctor about this and i have put myself on a strict diet including all the right fruits,vegies,cheese (i love cheese) daily vitamins (vitamin D & calcium as ordered by the doctor). I am still ordered to wear the boot on my left leg and walk with the cane,and another 3 months without work,driving etc.. until the tests can be repeated to check progress. Osteopenia can not be reversed but the process can be slowed with the right diet and lifestyle,so thats my plan for now. I obviously being an active person got very upset when i was told all of this especially about the minimum of another 3 months on bedrest. In the back of my mind im terrified that i am following in my mothers footsteps,she always had leg problems and was diagnosed in 2010 with stage 4 terminal cancer including bone cancer.I have told myself to not dwell on this and im really tring not too but its hard. So, i guess i will keep you all posted as to my new lifestyle changes until i go back to the Ortho.. Again good luck on all of your progress and thank you for being here to talk to me and listen about mine.. and Happy Mothers day to all the mommy's...

May 05, 2012
To: Kieth
by: kquinn

All I can say is WOW! When you strike Gold can you foward some! Hope for speedy recovery!

May 05, 2012
To: Kieth
by: kquinn

All I can say is WOW! When you strike Gold can you foward some! Hope for speedy recovery!

May 04, 2012
Karen Q
by: Deanna

Try to remember your body is healing. It takes time. I know it stinks. I had simmilar injuries.
I was injured in Nov. 2010 and I m still Physical Therapy twice a week. A year after my surgery I had the pins removed, so I stayed in Physical Therapy I will be finished at the end of this month. When I first started everyday was a challenge and yes it hurt! A body in motion stays in motion. You are not at that stage yet, the first eight months are he..! I know you feel guilty about the children, but , really they can live without cup cakes for a little while. Read to them or try some crafts that you can all do together. You need to set realistic goals for yourself. Why torture yourself about playing tennis? You can do that later on. Depression can be brought on by pain meds, the trauma of injury and moving etc... Please try not to get wrapped up in a bunch of depression meds- some of them raise your blood sugar,make you gain weight and turn you into a zombie. Also, they cost allot doe! Been there done that! Do you have access to a pool? Walking in the water really helped me and, you can bring the kids. I hear what you are saying , prior to injury, I cooked Chritmas dinner, wrapped the gifts and decorated at my house for 40 people. Was not going to happen after injury however, now I feel awesome! I still have days that my metatasal (foot bone)hurt and I cannot wear the shoes I use to wear, (I am not refering to heels)miss my cowboy boots. In time I will wear those again. It just takes time. Eat well ballanced meals, check out Sparkpeople.com you can track your meals , calories and nutrition and its free! Simmple meals that do not require you stalking the stove. Hard to stand hold your self up and prepare a meals, have the kids help make salads, that way they feel involved in your recovery. Good luck to you!

May 03, 2012
Update, over 4 months into recovery
by: Deanna

Hey guys.. well as you all remember Dec. 28th 2011 i sustained bilateral ankle fractures (both ankles) and a compound fracture to my left tibia.. i saw my ortho last week and my left ankle is still not healing :-( its been over 4 months now since my accident and even with metal rod and pins in place im still on bedrest. However, rather than 2 giant moon boots and a granny walker i have been retired to one boot on the left leg (foot to knee) and replaced the walker with a cane. I have been experiencing feelings of the rod wanting to push through the heal of my foot which causes severe pain and being scared to even walk to the bathroom now.after all this time they finally ordered a dexascan which i am hoping to have the results of tomorrow and another full blood workup to see if the 50,000 units of vitamin D did anything. I still cant drive,work,walk,run.etc i wont go on.. and ive now been placed on meds for depression. My 4 children are sad that i cant play with them like i used to and its driving me insane. I still just cant believe im only 33,i had considered myself to be somehwta healthy.. and active, and i step down off a 12 inch rock and completely break myself in half???? i dunno.. just needed to vent tonight, my kids wanted cupcakes and i couldnt stand long enuff to finish making them with them :-( but.. im still pushin and i will get through this just like all of you did.. ugghh.. im buyin a lotto ticket LMAO.. ill update when i get my results.. thanx again for listenin to me ramble.. have a good night all and posative healing your way.

May 03, 2012
Keep Your chen up
by: Keith

May 3,2012

Back on SEPT.2 2009 I got with the Lord.
8000lbs ripped though my left leg.The only thing
I could think or say was Dear Lord help me.Like lighting He hit me in my chest.There was no pain and there was no Fear of dieing.I was trapped,with no way out.My oldest son said take my hand dad I,ll get you out.Still with 8000 lbs hanging over ready to cut me inhalf.I made a little joke,Yea I think I need a Dr....
All the tisue rotted away And I had the Mad Dr.
doing all he could,fighting isomenlitus.I still have pain,the hard wear is gone.I now do a little
Gold Prospecting,spending time outside.Anything
to stay out of the bed.
Thank You Lord..

May 03, 2012
Keep Your chen up
by: Keith

May 3,2012

Back on SEPT.2 2009 I got with the Lord.
8000lbs ripped though my left leg.The only thing
I could think or say was Dear Lord help me.Like lighting He hit me in my chest.There was no pain and there was no Fear of dieing.I was trapped,with no way out.My oldest son said take my hand dad I,ll get you out.Still with 8000 lbs hanging over ready to cut me inhalf.I made a little joke,Yea I think I need a Dr....
All the tisue rotted away And I had the Mad Dr.
doing all he could,fighting isomenlitus.I still have pain,the hard wear is gone.I now do a little
Gold Prospecting,spending time outside.Anything
to stay out of the bed.
Thank You Lord..

Apr 20, 2012
Al
by: kquinn

God bless that you can run again you are very fortunate. I also broke my T & F two years ago. Depends on the brake and the pressure on the leg and knees to be able to run again. I did both legs. Have seen the best Physicians in Chicago and have studied with many of them, I think I will listen to their advice.

Apr 20, 2012
Hello New
by: Al

Its been two years since I broke my tib and fib. Dont worry this is not a sad story... Sometimes I read these comments here and never post but I just want to imput some positive news. It took me about a year till I could run, and it still was a lil painful. Now at two years the pain is gone and I can run like a horse. Its feels awesome to really run but it takes time, the time will go by, just be patient. I still have pins and hardware in my leg and ankle but now Im thinking of getting it removed while I still have insurance. I feel about 95%-97% as good before I broke my leg. I feel very blessed and hope everyone that read this will too.

Apr 19, 2012
Pertaining to running
by: k quinn

You might not be able to run. I had my Hardware removed and was not to run again! Ask your Doctor! Although I can swim and ride a bike. Our injuries are nothing compaired to the limbs that have been lost by our service men in war for our Freedom. Good Luck

Apr 18, 2012
Hello!
by: Anonymous

In response to your question, I had a very similar break to you at the end of December and I was off crutches about 4 weeks after my injury. You can do it! It is painful at first but it does get better :) I'm 3 and a half months post op, and I almost walk without a limp now. Go to physio twice a week. I'm a nurse, and really want to go back to work soon so hopefully by 4 months I'll be back at the bedside. Anyone have an IM tibial rod surgery, how long before you could run and play sports? I miss them!!! I go to the gym and can ride the bike, but the pain in my knee is pretty extreme and can't run yet :(

Apr 18, 2012
Am I walking too soon??
by: Shell

Hi,
I broke my tibia and fibula one month ago on the 19th March, had to have surgery to place a tibial nail from knee to ankle. Pretty bad break with the bone coming through skin, so few extra stitches for me.
I have been going to physio once a week since the operation where the leg has been massaged and the calf muscle stretched.
I have no cast or boot on the leg and have been using crutches with 15-20% weight bearing.
I just got back from my physio appointment today and have been told I no longer need the crutches. I walked on the leg-full weight bearing and was told to only hold the crutches in case I felt I needed them .
This seems really early to be walking on my leg as I normally would- it's been 4 weeks and 3days....
Has anyone else had this experience??

Apr 03, 2012
Its been a while since i updated
by: Deanna

Hey guys !!! Well, Im 13 weeks post opp after my bilateral ankle fractures and left tibia compound fracture.. I was able to get a new Ortho finally that wasnt scared enough to touch me. After a series of bloodwork and tests,they have come to the conclusion that my body refuses to store and vitamin D and Calcium (lucky me) I was put on 50,000 units of vitamin D with still no luck so now ill probly be put on injections (yuck) when i go back April 24th. Im still casted and still on bedrest. A Dexascan will be done as well to make sure im producing enough bone marrow and dont have other underlying problems such as Ostheoperosis Etc. I must say this really sucks,think im going to be forced to apply for temporary disability due to the amount of time its taking to heal and i have a family to care for. Still cant drive,walk,work.. the whole 9 yards my mobility equipment consists of an old granny walker that i pimped out with pink leopard duct tape and 2 different kinds of wheelchairs. Im not in much pain mainly,just discomfort now, but my left ankle seems to get me to the point of tears at times,but im finding the humor in it all so i guess thats good. I was forced to sell my car,and my home and relocate to a different state where my sister resides so i could have help caring for my children and myself. She has been great. Ive been learning slowly to accept the fact that my legs will never be the same again although i do shed a tear when im outside catching some sun and i see a jogger, or ride by the tennis courts (god i love tennis) maybe someday right.. Well, i wanted to apologise for not updating sooner after all the caring responses i got but i was just in a major depression slump over it all. Still sorta am but im coping better. Next step,hopefully, ill have me a cane i can pimp out !!! make the best of it i say,Im way to young to give up so easily.. sending love,and healing to all of you and ill update again after my next appointment April 24th.. Cross your fingers for me !!!!! take care guys.. and again.. Thanx

Apr 02, 2012
Im in the same boat.
by: Jason B

I actually had my accident jan 6 . Today is Apr.2nd . I'm going thru rehab right now. I broke my right tibia plateau, and completely shattered my Tibia. I was lucky not too lose my leg. This accident was a result from an assault and robbery. I am supposed to go back to work very soon,my doctor said it was up to me when I went back. I need the money , but I'm afraid of the pain I may ito thru.

Apr 02, 2012
Im in the same boat.
by: Jason B

I actually had my accident jan 6 . Today is Apr.2nd . I'm going thru rehab right now. I broke my right tibia plateau, and completely shattered my Tibia. I was lucky not too lose my leg. This accident was a result from an assault and robbery. I am supposed to go back to work very soon,my doctor said it was up to me when I went back. I need the money , but I'm afraid of the pain I may ito thru.

Mar 06, 2012
Ahmedd
by: K Quinn

No one person can tell you how long it will take for your injury to heal. I understand how frustrating it must be for you. Make sure you elevate your leg above your heart. Your skin feeling funny means ( like itchy ) that you are healing. My foot was also very swollen!!! I hurt both legs. My shoe size is usually a size eight. When my cast was removed from right, it was a size (13) and the left I had dammnaged was a size nine. This to shall pass. Just follow your physicians instructions to the T. No time at all you will be in Physical Therapy. Trust each day is a new adventure. I am still Physical Therapy since Jan 2011, I am healing and had the Hardware (pins) removed in Nov. 2011. Good Luck

Mar 05, 2012
Tibia & Fibula Fracture
by: Ahmed

Hi there! My name is Ahmed and I broke my leg exactly 2 months ago, on Jan 6 while going downhill in a ski resort. Instead of a simple fracture, actually it is a combined spiral fracture of tibia in 2 points and fibula in a single point with loose fragments. I had a surgery on Jan 6, named intramedular tibial rod insertion and since then I am recovering. Similar to other cases here mentioned, my leg still feels unnatural, upper surface of my foot is somewhat numb and hurts at times, whereas the swelling makes my foot 2x larger than on my left side ....

If there is anyone to tell me how long will I have to endure this before my lower leg (above ankle) and my foot per se become normal again? I still feel some pain in my leg when walking and don't use crutches (I used Canadian crutches since day 5 after the surgery) but not knowing when will this actually look like healed is killing me ... pls help

Mar 05, 2012
Tibia & Fibula Fracture
by: Ahmed

Hi there! My name is Ahmed and I broke my leg exactly 2 months ago, on Jan 6 while going downhill in a ski resort. Instead of a simple fracture, actually it is a combined spiral fracture of tibia in 2 points and fibula in a single point with loose fragments. I had a surgery on Jan 6, named intramedular tibial rod insertion and since then I am recovering. Similar to other cases here mentioned, my leg still feels unnatural, upper surface of my foot is somewhat numb and hurts at times, whereas the swelling makes my foot 2x larger than on my left side ....

If there is anyone to tell me how long will I have to endure this before my lower leg (above ankle) and my foot per se become normal again? I still feel some pain in my leg when walking and don't use crutches (I used Canadian crutches since day 5 after the surgery) but not knowing when will this actually look like healed is killing me ... pls help

Jan 23, 2012
RE: some new news
by: Deanna

Hey guys,
Thanx so much for your replies,advice and warm words.. And im glad to hear that your recovering so well :-D thats how it should be.

So after the horrible time i had at the the second Ortho, I got in contact again with my VNA and primary care physician to try and brainstorm once again on what to do. My primary got so angry and digusted at the Ortho's that he decided to take matters into his own hands.So, i am happy to say that i now have 2 boots for support,which has made getting around soooooo much easier,a prescription for percocet which helps me sleep at night pain free,and he also ordered me a wheelchair to make getting around outside the home easier too. He arranged for my stitches and staples to be taken out,so thats taken care of.And he also placed a call to the CEO of the Hospital i was treated at to file a formal complaint about the Ortho and the service,which resulted in a huge flower bouquet deliver to myself with an apology from the Hospital.. (sure there just trying to cover there asses)but anyways,it was a nice gesture.In the meantime, my primary has set me up in a different Orthapedic clinic which i hope to be seen for evaluation within the next week or so,and im set up with an appt to see my primary this Friday.At that time we are going to discuss the testing and steps to take to get to the bottom of why my bones are so fragile and hopefully get some answers. So all in all it was a pretty productive week. It feels good to finally have someone listen to you even if it took reaching out to a non Orthapedic specialist. Hopefully,this turn for the better will continue and i can get past these hurdles ive had to jump in the beginning. Again.. thank you all so much and im still sending prayers and healing your way.. Keep me posted on your recovery and ill let you all know what happens this Friday.. :-)

Jan 21, 2012
IM Nail Tib Fib - open fracture
by: Pangi

32 yr/o Male, got hit by a car while crossing the street 2 weeks and 1 day ago. Had surgery that night, was in hospital for three nights, released with advice to weight bear with crutches. Pain and swelling has been so intense that I'm only now regularly putting weight on it. Had my stitches out yesterday as well as a 2 week follow up x-ray to ensure the nail has not been displaced. Had a few bad days but off the pain killers now (apart from at night). Doing physio 5 x weekly which consists of what I do at home but helps mentally to get out of the house. Foot slides: Leg flat, raising knee by sliding foot up; Leg raises for quads: putting rolled up towel under knee, tensing quads in order to straighten leg, holding straight for 7-10 sec; Leg flexes for hamstring flexing: Towel under ankle, contract hamstring to "push" knee down into straight position, hold for 7-10 seconds. I'm icing every 2 hours and getting up to move around for 5 mins every 3 hours.

Sick and tired of being immobile but trying to treat this as an opportunity to use this as an opportunity to develop patience.

All the best, heal well!

Jan 17, 2012
Wow!
by: Erin

I can't believe your experience, that sounds absolutely terrible. I wish you the best and I know that there will be a surgeon out there that can fix what is going on and get you back on the path to recovery.

I don't mean to jump right into how amazing I am doing - because I don't like to brag, but it has been 2 weeks and 3 days since my surgery - IM tibial nail after a compound fracture of my tibia and fibula. I got my staples removed yesterday and after getting an Xray done and being completely nervous about how my bone was healing. Turns out that I have signs of healing after only 2 weeks! He stated that in most cases this doesn't occur until 6 weeks or more. I don't require any sort of physiotherapy because my range of motion is so good. and I am only on tylenol (when I remember or the pain is significant) in the mornings and at night. I was full weight bearing immediately after my surgery and I have forced myself to walk every day - making the distances longer and longer each passing day. Keeping it elevated and icing it whenever I am sitting on the couch. My surgeon was extremely impressed by the speed of my recovery and is certain that I will be able to wean myself off of my crutches *which I use for only minimal assistance for walking* within the next 2 weeks. I am planning on being completely healed by 6 weeks and playing soccer and snowboarding as soon as I can. Hopefully I continue to heal as I have over the last 2 weeks. Keep all of your chins up - if you've had a surgery similar to mind and are allowed to ambulate and bear weight! PLEASE DO! Get you ass up and off the couch, quit feeling sorry for yourself (which i gotta admit - we all do at times when it comes to leg injuries). But be the reason you are getting better! Your body is strong, push it! I'm 2 weeks, 3 days post op - and I look like I spraint my ankle! Stay strong friends! Thank you for all of your support!

Jan 17, 2012
After the trip to the new Ortho update
by: Deanna


Well guys,i would have updated earlier today when i got home but i was to upset,so i guess now that im a little more calmer,even tho my chest hurts badly(anxiety pains) ill explain whats going on.I went through all this bull of getting ready and going to this new Orthapedic hoping for some help seeing as the old ortho wasnt doing a damn thing,only to be told after getting all the way up in there and waiting for a good amount of time that he has decided NOT to see me and take me on as a patient.He says that my injuries are very severe and i still have many months of healing to go and he is not comfortable taking over treatment due to malpractice concerns and doesnt want to be involved in any lawsuits from the other Ortho.Like who said anything about a lawsuit? what it sounded like to me was "this guy did the wrong thing and i dont want to be dragged into court when you decide to sue him" almost like he knew the other ortho did something wrong but didnt want to say it and just chose not to get involved.So i was forced to come back home all upset and in more pain from all the movement with NO pain meds once again and i STILL have all the staples and stitches in,he refused to even touch me to remove them.All i could do was call my VNA and cry when i got home.She got in touch with my primary physician,who got so pissed off he called the Ortho who operated on me and gave him hell,and its now my primary doctor who is taking control and giving me referals to be able to get in with another ortho.And im waiting to hear back bout some pain meds but its after hours now so i dont have much faith in that happening.I am so upset,stressed out and disgusted that a person could be treated so badly by a board certified Orthapedic surgeon that im almost just not mad anymore,im more just in a daze from it all,i just can tolerate to deal with it nor listen to it anymore. so i dunno.. im just gonna sit here and maybe a miricle will happen and someone will actually help me,i sure hope so cuz these staples are starting to grown under my freakin skin.I thank you guys for your comments back though,it feels so good to actually talk to people who have gone through this and can uderstand first hand.So now ill wait to hear something hopefully posative,and ill be back to let ya know what happens.

Jan 17, 2012
Deanna
by: karen quinn

Hang in there! I know it is very frustrating! I was down with both also, but it gets better with time. Let your body heal physically and mentally.
I kmow it very difficult to go from active to stop. It will get better! A step down from a step can break your legs. It happend to me and I do not have any bone density issues. Be patient, I know its hard.

Jan 16, 2012
Quick update
by: Deanna

Hey guys, and thanx NikKi, I recieved a call this morning from a new Ortho that my nurse set me up with.The secretary was soooo nice and understood what i was going through.She also said that the new ortho has already gotten a copy of my records and insists that i put no weight on the whatsoever until he can do his own evaluation.The only part that sucks is,its supposed to snow where i live tonight,and im on the second floor.He's aware that ill have to deal with getting there but once i do they will be waiting for me with a wheelchair ready. FINALLY !!!! They also said that whether or not im physically capable of doing these bone scans they must be done even if they have to sedate me cause im too young to have gotten such severe injuries in the way i did.So tomorrow morning ill hopefully get some physical and mental relief from this new ortho.Ill keep you all posted,and i am thankful for this site and people like you guys so not only can i adress concerns.. BUT I CAN VENT !!! Will post how it goes tomorrow,but im sure it will not nearly be as bad as it has been.. Thanx again.
Deanna

Jan 16, 2012
Deanna
by: Niki

hi Deanna, i can see why you are concerned. Average healing time for the average tib fib break is 18 weeks, but the concern is the lack of support you are receiving for both legs, i know they are pinned and plated but like you said why did it happen. Is there any way of getting a second opinion or getting bone density tests done, i'd be inclined to do so, like you say if this treatment results in your leg healing at thee wrong angle etc you will end up having further surgery to correct it. Please keep us up to date on your progress. If you need to chat please feel free to contact me, nikinackynoo@msn.com xx

Jan 16, 2012
Broken by nothing
by: Deanna

On Dec 28th 2011 i fractured both ankles and a compound fracture to my left Tibia.Had surgery on both legs Dec 29th and was plated and screwed on both ankles and a rod in my left leg.I was given a boot on my right leg and nothing on my left.My ortho had me walking less than 12 hours after surgery with full weight bearing on both legs with the use of only a walker and tylenol for the pain.It is now 2 weeks since i did this and im concerned this doctor is wrong.First off i am 33 yrs old and i didnt trip,get hit,fall,or have an accident,i simply stepped off of a short ledge and dropped.Literally just stepped.I even had a laptop in my hands that didnt get one scratch on it and i managed to do so much damage to myself.My MPV (mean platelet volume) is low and i bruise very easily,the ortho says when im physically capable of doing scans they will find out why i just crumbled.I im in tons of pain,no casts,36 staples ans 16 stitches where the bone broke through my shin.I have decided to get a second opinion because not only does my leg look crook-ed,but i can feel it vrack whenever i put pressure on it and this jerk wont listen to me.He ordered PT 3 times a week which my therapst refuses to give me stand up excercises cuz he even thinks its wrong and both him and my nurse had it out verbally via phone with this ortho. How is it i can be walking with no support,even with support just hours after this injury? and without pain meds to boot? and with him not knowing exactly why this even occured??? should i be worried? should i be casted? should i be walking? i mean, how is any of this possible? and the feeling is now coming back into the meat of my leg which im sure you all understand what i mean by that and i practucally vomit from the uneasy feeling i get in my leg when i move it. So ontop of an underlying reason as to why this all happened in the first place now i have to worry if the right things were done right away, i dont want to have it rebroken to fix it or anymore surgeries. im scared sick nervous and floored all at the same time.. and i cant seem to find anyone who has delt with my same exact issue.. please help if any of you can.. and good luck on all your healing too !!!

Jan 02, 2012
To Erin
by: karen

Go to a pool and water walk. To build stregnth in your leg. Wait until your wounds are healed.
Then go slow and walk the pool length. You might have a community pool at one of your park districts, or at a Community College. In the water you are not putting your entire weight on your injury. It really help me allot. I broke tibia and fibula distal end right ankle in 11/2010. I also managed to tear all the tendons on my left leg. Was very active prior to accident. You would be surprised how much muscle you loose when you are down for a period of time. The water makes you weight less. I just had my hardware removed in 11/2011. Now I am back in Physical Therapy again for four months. It gets better just do what you physicians tells you to do. But ask about the water walking. Help me allot broke up the boredom. Good luck, keep us posted.

Jan 02, 2012
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by: Erin

What do you mean Karen?

Jan 02, 2012
to Erin
by: karen

Water walk in about six to eight weeks!!

Jan 02, 2012
to Erin
by: karen

Water walk in about six to eight weeks!!

Jan 02, 2012
Broken fibula and tibia
by: Erin MacDonald

Hello! I am 3 days post operative IM tibial alignment surgery.I broke my tibia/fibula on Thursday evening in a soccer game when another girl kicked my leg and caused me to have a compound fracture. I underwent surgery the next morning and was discharged the following day. it was incredible that I was able to go home less than 24 hours after surgery. I am a current nursing student so I am aware of all of the signs of infection and the importance of ambulation. It is now 3 days after my surgery and I am finally starting to feel an ease in the pain. I am able to go 6 hours without pain medications now and i can walk around the house with crutches with some weight bearing. the surgeon chose to not splint my leg or put a cast on it so I am very thankful for that. I was told that recovery is around 6 weeks for this type of fracture - so I am hoping that I can keep walking and continue to increase my strength in my leg - and get off these damn T3's. Best of luck to everyone out there that is dealing with a similar injury - I feel your pain - literally.

Best wishes to all.

Dec 27, 2011
Patience
by: Davis-Kenya

am a medical student in Kenya and broke my tibia and fibula in August 2011,just above the ankle.was put in plaster and check x-rays at 6 and 10 weeks showed not much progress.it was so stressful and had to use crutches in class and during exams.had given up,scheduled surgery and got the cast removed at 13 wks.while at home awaiting surgery,i tried some partial weightbearing and new x-rays showed some callus.the surgery was cancelled.i went to using 1 crutch at 16wks and went crutchless just before christmas,at 18 wks.the ankle joint is stiff but am just happy to walk.I hope to be playing soccer in 6months.so for those having rough days,stick in there,its not easy,but you just have to be patient.

Aug 24, 2011
Broken Ankle & Leg
by: Vanessa _ SA

I slipped on the last two steps - fell flat on my left side but somehow my right leg was broken in 10 different places including the ankle. Was in immense pain. Rushed to the local hospital where xrays were taken , pain medication and an orthapedic surgeon notified. i had surgery the next day - to insert metal plates and 15 screws. no cast just a back slab and heavily bandaged - the surgeon will see me in 2 weeks and decide on a cast or boot -was discharged after 3 days - today is 7 days post op andfirst day where the pain is not overwhelming.this site is extremely informative.

Jun 03, 2011
To: Ani
by: Kquinn

What a bummer that you were injured on vacation. I hope that you feel better soon. I have been down since 11/10/10. Now I have a meniscus tear in the right knee. I clearly understand your frustration. Could be worse keep your chin up.

Jun 02, 2011
hello
by: ani gold

I was injured in march 14 while on vacation in hawaii waited til i got home to find out that the tibial plaTEAU WAS BROKEN dr. put in a leg brace now its about 70 per cent healed i know thongs could be worse but this is a very traumatic experience for me hope to be healed soon and then get onto physica; therapy good luck to all of us

May 06, 2011
To: Cris
by: kquinn

The knee thing went fine. Thanks for asking. Four weeks of Physical Therapy two times a week in addition to the two times a week that I attend for the original injury. The knee injury is from the original fall. But, be warned!!! When you are stepping on your injured foot, keep it straight under your hip!! It will hurt, but you benefit in the end. Did your Dr. give you a boot to walk with? All this Therapy I'll be buff! See if you can find a pool that caters to the elderly. They have theraputic pools for arthritis (water is warmer). Just go slow. I went to the pool yesterday. Its really a great outlet for me. Before the accident I used to swim five miles every morning at the local college. See if you can find a pool with handicap capabilities. Your on your way to recovery now!! Congrats!

May 06, 2011
to kquinn
by: cris

Hi hows your knee result?..finally free from cast thank God!!..Still weak,so much muscle is lost,feels like I have no control in my leg.When I first step,its like jelly!Doc said it will regain its muscle soon as I practice the step and therapy.Now I'm slowly walking,sometimes feels out of balance.I also want to try walking in pool.^_^

May 03, 2011
To: Cris
by: kquinn

Congrats!!! Feedom from the cast!!! If you have a pool near tiur, like YMCA or Park District that offer Adult Swim for an hour. Water walking really helps me. Just a Sugestion. Thursday I find recieve results in regards to my knee. We'll See.

May 03, 2011
To Kquinn
by: CRIS

Hello Kquinn,so happy..just got home,and my Doc said he will remove my cast tomorrow then I can start doing therapy.I know I still have weeks or even months to fully recover my leg but I am more ok knowing that I'm almost there.You're right it just needs time.^_^..thank you.Glad to know that you're doing very well.

May 01, 2011
To: Cris
by: Kquinn

I had my cast removed on the 30th of Jan.on the right leg. However, the left was in an aircast until the end of feb. Sometimes a severe sprain can be wores than the fracture. Since then I have been in Physical Therapy three times a week for two to three hours a day. But, I keep a positive attitude. The therapists that I have are really good. My fracture seems to have healed.
but, I was not walking on either feet for 120 days. Its incrediable the muscle that is lost when your down for such a short period. I feel compasion for people with life threatening illneses. Now I am building muscle strength. After being down that long, I also have problems with the plantars in both feet and my achilles. Becuase I did what is called a step and fall my physician now thinks that I'm having problems in my right knee as well. Oh well. Contact me at kquinn35@yahoo.com. Still trying to study for my borads. Hang in there.

May 01, 2011
To: Cris
by: Kquinn

I had my cast removed on the 30th of Jan.on the right leg. However, the left was in an aircast until the end of feb. Sometimes a severe sprain can be wores than the fracture. Since then I have been in Physical Therapy three times a week for two to three hours a day. But, I keep a positive attitude. The therapists that I have are really good. My fracture seems to have healed.
but, I was not walking on either feet for 120 days. Its incrediable the muscle that is lost when your down for such a short period. I feel compasion for people with life threatening illneses. Now I am building muscle strength. After being down that long, I also have problems with the plantars in both feet and my achilles. Becuase I did what is called a step and fall my physician now thinks that I'm having problems in my right knee as well. Oh well. Contact me at kquinn35@yahoo.com. Still trying to study for my borads. Hang in there.

Apr 30, 2011
To Kquinn
by: Cris

Hi,its my 16th week with cast,still have it.And I'm hoping that on May o3(next checkup),ill be receiving good news from doc.I don't want to worry a lot so I'm keeping myself busy..Hoping that I can still go back to work after I'm completely healed.Got another xray yesterday,I cant really tell weather its improving or not until I see Doc.How bout you?hows your recovery so far?Hope its good.

Apr 28, 2011
To: Cris
by: Kquinn

Everybody worries!!! Also, the frustration of not being able to do not only the normal things that you are use to but, the fun activities too.
I made a mistake on my injury date it 11/10/10 so I hear ya about recovery. But you'll seen soon you'll advance from crutches to a cane!!! And wait until you can drive by yourself again!! Its
liberating. Feel free to email me any time you need an ear!!!

Apr 28, 2011
To K quinn
by: CRIS

thanks for the reply,it helps..good to hear from someone who had the same case.I know I need to be more patient in this leg thing and listen to people around me.Its just that I'm worried by the thought that my recovery is not normal..or if it is right not to undergo surgery according of my doctor.

Apr 27, 2011
To Middle Tibia
by: K quinn

Do not give up hope. Everyone heals at their own speed. Perfection takes time. I'm still in theray since 11/10/11. Also with tibia fracture. I'm told over and over it just requires time.

Apr 18, 2011
MIDDLE TIBIA FRACTURE
by: CRIS

I had a vehicular accident last 121510,that broke my right leg on middle tibia but not so displaced.Doctor advised me of a long bone casting 122810, and by the end of feb the casting reduced halfleg.I can now put some weight on it but so minimal,Doc said the improvements are slow,its April now and I still have my cast.I dont smoke and I eat well,wonder bout the slow improvements..What do I need to do?.DO I need to keep waiting and how long?

Mar 27, 2011
To: NIKI AND ROB
by: KarenQ

To Niki and Rob - Don't give up hope! You will heal! I'm the Karen with both legs down. It is very frustrating not being able to get around. And, I understand how you feel about your children, Niki, now is the time for you to heal. In Feb., 2011 I felt the same way you did. It is now late March and I'm walking with a cane.And both my leggs were down. It's not easy. I'm still in Physical Therapy three times a week for two hours. If you can get to a indoor pool, perhaps by a Park District, you can get into the pool, wheelchair pulled up to side of pool and water walk. It hurts at first but it will help with you healing and the Freedom of walking without utensils is mentally refreshing!You would be surprized how many people will help if you need it. Rob, my Physical Therapist used a method of taping to reduce swelling. It open the
veins and stays on for five days. You can shower and everything with tape on. When you ice down, only for up to twenty minutes. It has been explained to me that any more than that can cause more inflamation. Trust me this is what I did and I am finaly back to driving. Remember I was injured on 11/10/10. Just have faith and you will prevail!

Mar 15, 2011
Tib/Fib fracture
by: Rob

I was knocked off my Harley 24/11/2010 and sustained spiral Tib/Fib fractures to my left leg. A week later was fitted with Taylor Spatial Frame and had a month of adjustments to align the bones. It is now 15/03/2011, frame is still on, i have some pain but can get around the house on one crutch. I get swelling and redness overnight which settles during the day, semms like forever the frame has been on, no sign of it being removed yet !! Saw the consultant 4 weeks ago, he said bones appeared to be just starting to heal, slow, i smoke, cant give it up, would definately be quicker if i could.

Mar 01, 2011
taylor spatial frame
by: Niki

i was in a motorbike accident on November 20th 2010. i suffered a spiral fracture to the tibia extending distally to the ankle and a fracture to the fibula, after suffering from compartment syndrome i had 2 fasciotomies performed and a Taylor Spatial Frame fitted. The external frame is heavy , awkward, pin sites painful, its now March and the bones are not healing, i cant go back to work, my children are suffering as im still in a wheelchair most of the time, the swelling is extensive so i can only spend minimal time on crutches. i feel like this is never ending, my surgeon says the frame will not come off until at least June and thats if he sees significant healing, does anyone have any advice or suggestions of things i can do to speed up the healing process or even relieve the swelling??

Feb 15, 2011
Both legs down
by: Karen

Standing on the church stairs one day 11/10/10. I asked God to give me a break to study for my boards, being a recent graduate. Twenty minutes or so later, I stepped onto uneven pavement at a gas station and got my brake and also, severe sprain to left. My right however, is an Open reduction internal fixation to the distal end of the fibula and tibia, verticle break, pins and screws the whole nine yards! Wow, it is now 2/15/11 and am currently active in Physical Therapy three times a week for two hrs. a session, I have even been water walking for an hour twice a week. Cast has been off since 12/30/10, however still in aircast on left its been bearing all the weight since surgery. On Crutches now but cannot increase my dorsiflex in right ankle, has t be at a five to walk with a cane and a fifteen for stairs, I'm only at a one. Still swollen. I ice, raise above waist , and have tried tapping to reduce swelling any sugestions? Also, what is the heal time for this injury? Thanks

Jan 17, 2011
Upper Tibia Fracture
by: Malik

Hi All,

I had an accident on 23rd Nov 2010, went to hospital, after Xrays Doc said that i need Plaster on my left leg from foot to above knee as xrays showed fracture just below the left knee. After 2 weeks i went to doc, he took xrays again and gave me good news that my bone is healing. then after 4 weeks (total six weeks of injury) i went for my check up again, doc said that it still in healing process but a bit slower, reason may be coz i am a smoker, though my doc advised me to quit for fast healing but with sorry to all i just couldnt ddo that. i m on crutches since first day of injury but amazing is this that i never felt any pain anywhere even when i went to doc i was on my feet and he was dramatically surprises that how can i stand with this fracture.
Now today its almost 8 weeks and i need to know that as if i m not having any pain, any swelling, when will i be able walk on my feet?

Please response coz i need to travel at the end of this month for my higher studies,

Jan 07, 2011
Hi Liz forgot to add
by: Anonymous

Supplements

Calcium,mag, vit d, vit c. Multi-vite. No soda, caffeine or smoke.

Exercises - check with your os. Ankle pumps, ankle circles, knee bend slides, tightening of quads to extend knee down.

Jan 07, 2011
Hi Liz
by: Anonymous

The pain will improve dramatically in another week. The first couple of weeks are very hard. I'm a hyper gal, too. Currently, four weeks after closed tibia/fibula fracture with rod and 4 screws and I am walking with a single crutch. I even vacuumed today. I hope the rest of my recovery and yours is swift and full. Pt is really helpful-can't say enough about it.

God bless.

Jan 07, 2011
this is a good information sight!
by: hyper old lady

I fell on new years eve, 2011. NO, I was not drag racing or playing softball or riding my quad across the Mohave desert. It is so ironic. I was taking my 3 xmas trees out to the river to burn them at midnight, as this is the tradition in my family. We write our troubles on pieces of paper, put them in with the pile of trees, light them on fire at midnight and start the new year fresh, with no worries. For my family, this has been a very difficult year, as it has for many. We closed our million dollar business, lost the house, filed bankruptcy and have been learning to live a new lifestyle. We still continue to say we have been luckier than most. Anyway, as my spouse was moving the large manufacturing machines into storage, he was not with me on NYE, just our 6 yr old daughter. We live in the Mohave desert in Arizona. I drove to the Colorado River w the kid and started to pull the trees out of the truck. (No biggee, dried out trees are really light.) I went to pile the 3rd tree on top of the other two and somehow tripped over the trunk of one of the other trees. I was about 30 feet away from the truck, down on the sand of the beach. I tried to drag myself to the truck, but the pain was incredible. I called to my girl to bring me the phone. She started crying and was scared. She leaned out the window and said, "are the coyotes out there?" She was so brave - she brought the phone to me...I like to say “I broke my leg on a beach, in the middle of the Mohave desert, while it was snowing, on New Years Eve”. Funny……
Anyway, I have a spiral fracture of the tibia and a very typical fracture of the fibia. I had to be transported over 130 miles to the nearest hospital (Las Vegas) and then wait about 36 hours before surgery. I am 7 days post-injury, at home, trying to stand the pain. I am allergic to most opiate pain meds, so you, my fellow breakers, can understand the pain is difficult. I am writing to ask ideas about diet, supplements and exercises that will help me to recover quickly and completely. My nickname, Hyper, no doubt indicates that I don't sit still very well.…I am glad that I have my leg, that my daughter is a hero (in my book) and that the docs seem to have found a pain pill that I’m not reacting to (so far). The pain is very difficult...good luck and thanks for any help you can offer. Liz

Dec 26, 2010
4 years later after tibia and fibula break
by: Anonymous

january 2006 i broke my tib and fib in a collision in a soccer match.i had 4 screws inserted just above my ankle and below the right of my knee and a rod inserted into my tibia.it happened when i was 15 years of age and was on crutches for 7 weeks despite being told i would be for 3 months.no cast required due to rod already in place.i finishhed all rehab, went through the same complaints as everyone else- swelling, numbness in knee etc. I made a complete recovery until 2 years ago when i started to suffer from shin splints in the same leg. I continued to run on my leg until the pain became unbearable. Recently i found out i have stress fractures in the very same leg i broke. iv been resting my leg now for the past 4 months but still no signs of recovery. This winter is especially cold so the pain is even worse. I was jjust wondering did anybody else go through the same ordeal as me as i am getting extremely frustrated with my injury and any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Dec 21, 2010
Broken Tibia 2nd day of my holiday in India
by: Satya

Hi I am nearly 50 and on my 2nd day in India I slipped on the marble staircase at 9.30am in the Apartment where we are staying and badly fractured my left tibia. I was in absolute agony and terrified when I felt no sensation and lost control of my foot. We had to wait ages for the ambulance and was transferred by what looked like a cart but was an ambulance to a hospital 9 mins away. About 9 people held the streacher above their shoulders with me not even strapped to it, up 2 stair cases. The fracture was loosely held together so I was in agony. The doctor came around and said I would need an emergency op. I waited until 4.30pm frigntened and in a lot of pain. The op was 1.5 hrs. I was given an epidural which numbed my legs. The doctors kept saying paralysed the legs but I didn't like to hear this. Eventually they sedated me as I don't feel too good watching operations. I came around and even though my skin had not broken in the fall, there was blood on the plaster cast. The doctor had placed metal screws to hold the break in place and performed key hole surgery. I was given exercises to do immediately. wiggling my toes. knees and raising my leg. About 50 of each every day. I get lots of pins and needles and my foot swells up. I noticed my cast is not straight so I am very worried. My knee is at an angle. I am in a lot of pain at night and can't sleep too well. The rest of my family, I urged to carry on with the holiday to Rajasthan & kerala. I am with a maid. Tomorrow I have my visit to the Bharat Modi Hospital (Vadodra) again. I will let you know the status!! I found a lot of comfort knowing how others in my situation fared. Good Luck everyone!

Dec 17, 2010
Sticks and Stones may Break my Bones
by: Anonymous

On 11/30/2010 I was crossing the street to my house and a car hit me and kept on going. I have a spranged ankle and a broken tibia/fibula. On December 1st I had surgery. The took out my tibia and put inside the bone a rod and then secured it with screws by my ankle and up by my knee. The doctors did not give my any kind of cast or splint.. They said I would heal faster and better without. I went to my Orthapedic two weeks later 12/16. He said my surgeons did an excellent job and my leg looks great. They took out the staples and told me I could start PT on my ankle and "partial weight bearing" meaning while I am sitting I can put both feet on the ground. I have replaced crutches with the walker but I hate both equally. In two weeks time I am suppose to return to the doc to see if I can have "full weight bearing" I was told in the hospital 6-8 weeks. I am now thinking 8 weeks =(.

I had two chipped teeth which are fixed now. I have a small scar on my forehead from a gash and the scars left from the staples. I will be seeing plastic surgeon in 6 weeks to remove scaring.

I try to eat VERY healthy (lots of calcium) and do my excercises. I do everything the doctor says. The worst thing for healing time is SMOKING and not staying positive.

The more work you put into getting better the faster your leg will heal.

Nov 26, 2010
every break is different
by: Anonymous

i broke my fibula and tibia(spiral} at 9 am 9/26/10. both plated with 6 screws each by 2pm. 1 week with an ace bandage, 2 weeks with a plaster cast, non weight bearing, then a below the knee plaster caster and told to start walking. 11/24/10 [8 weeks after injury] cast removed and i'm walking with no aids - afraid as hell that my leg is going to break off. ankle is swollen but little or no pain. just stiff and weak from immobilation. i asked about PT but was told non needed. i'm lucky to have acess to a swiming pool so started walking and swiming in it today. i hope to be playing softball and racketball by the first of the year. i'm in pretty good but not great shape. i turned 63 two weeks ago. every break is different, and sometimes doctors can only make educated guesses. i hope all of you fellow breakers will eventually have the outcome i'm having. keep the faith.

Nov 21, 2010
6-8 weeks
by: Anonymous

Its me again:I'm 25,female.I broke my tibia and fibula 6 weeks ago,on 28Sept.2010. Underwent surgery following morning,i have a T-rod and 4 screws in my tibia. Had a cast for two weeks then they took it off. Was no weight bearing for 4 weeks since surgery. On the fourth week after X-ray my doc said I could start putting on a little weight with crutches. Right on my 6th week 3 days ago,he told me I can start walking without crutches for short distances and still advice crutches for longer walks. So far im doing really good,can walk with a slight limp,a little pain when I finally rest at night but yeah 6 weeks and I can walk. My doc consider it to be fast healing :)He first had said healing time was to be 8-12 weeks. Goodluck everybody I know how it feels. on the 7th week ,im walking normally with no pain nor swelling.

Nov 20, 2010
Broken Tibia (plateau)
by: Anonymous

3 weeks ago I broke my tibia playing softball, colliding in the outfield with another player. After a surgery inserting rods and nails, I was able to walk on crutches a few days later. I was never in any type of cast because the rod is my protection. I have been putting 25% of my body weight bearing on the leg and am waiting for the doctor to give me the go ahead to put some more weight on it. I am under the assumption that 6 weeks after surgery I can walk with a limp and 6 months after surgery I can go back to playing sports. I have been exercising with physical therapy, but is there anything else I can do to speed up this recovery? Any sort of exercises or food I should be eating to heal faster?

Nov 17, 2010
broken tibi in 2 piece
by: osh

I'm 23 year old I had motorcycle accident on March 3 2009 and still my tibia didn't heal.I walk also I work 10 hours a day it doesn't hurt at all, the only place that hurts me its my knee.the only thing I think about it its when it will heal.The doctors are saying I need surgery . Any body have any clues what I have to do.? Or anybody ever had that problem.?
Thank you

Nov 15, 2010
Fractured Left Tibia
by: Anonymous

I hope this comment will be able to help others know approx. how long to heal a fractured Tibia. My 14 y/o son fractured his left Tiba on June 4th 2010. He was in a long cast for 3 mos, short cast 5 wks, then boot. It is now November 14, and he just got a shoe on his left foot last week. He did not have surgery, and his bone was broke on a diagonal. This bone takes so long to heal because their is not as much blood flow in that area. After being restricted for so long, therapy is VERY inmportant. Being off a leg for over 5 mos means most muscle in that leg, hip, thigh is gone. Long road but I can say that he is doing well and is a trooper. He has swelling in this leg, ankle and foot since all tendons shorten and when you start to put weight on after all that time, it just sweels up. I am told 5-9 mos total healing time for bone and muscle building. He is not walking normal yet, but we have an awesome PT.

Nov 13, 2010
Broken Tibia&Fibula
by: Slynas

I'm 25,female.I broke my tibia and fibula 6 weeks ago,on 28Sept.2010. Underwent surgery following morning,i have a T-rod and 4 screws in my tibia. Had a cast for two weeks then they took it off. Was no weight bearing for 4 weeks since surgery. On the fourth week after X-ray my doc said I could start putting on a little weight with crutches. Right on my 6th week 3 days ago,he told me I can start walking without crutches for short distances and still advice crutches for longer walks. So far im doing really good,can walk with a slight limp,a little pain when I finally rest at night but yeah 6 weeks and I can walk. My doc consider it to be fast healing :)He first had said healing time was to be 8-12 weeks. Goodluck everybody I know how it feels. Cant wait till I can run again.

Nov 10, 2010
TIBIA STILL UNHEALED AFTER 06 MONTHS
by: FAHAD KHAN

HI, I was hit by a fork lifter on 23 Apr 2010 and my left tibia was broken from middle into two [02]. Casting was made to treat my leg however after 8 weeks Xray it was revealed that bones were aligned only 60 % with 10 degree angulation. I was kept with that casting for a total of 16 weeks and removal of the same was carried out after 16 weeks of accident. Now its 26 weeks and i am still unable to walk without single elbow crutch. I am very upset and depressed to how further will i be able to walk freely and will run on my both foot. its over 6 months now.

Oct 16, 2010
tib/fib fracture
by: Anonymous

4 weeks is very early post fracture - I would be very surprised if you should be weight bearing yet. There is no way the bones are healed at 4 weeks - it takes a good 6-12 weeks for the bones to heal. You really need to clarify this with your consultant. Its brilliant that you have good range of movement, as this is half the battle.

I would recommend that you keep the leg as strong as possible, by doing seated, non weight bearing exercises - such as contracting the quads/pulling your knee cap up and holding, and/or doing straight leg raising. There isn't really a set time frame for recovery as everyone is different. I have recently seen someone similar to you who is 3 months on with very restricted range of movement and has only just started partial weight bearing. You really need more clarification from your dr. Good luck with your recovery.

Oct 16, 2010
tib/fib. compound fracture/ So confused, HELP!
by: Anonymous

I am on week 4. My hard cast came off and my air boot put on yesturday. I broke my tib and fib right in the middle, my bone came out of the skin, it was horrible and my leg was completely crushed into a pancake. I had a rod put in an 1 screw at the top, surgent could not get another screw in my leg? My Dr. seems to be very back and forth.
I also broke my wrist and had a plate put in it. 2 weeks ago he said it was healing amazing and in 2 weeks weight bearing, yesturday he said, it hasn't healed at all? 6 more weeks! I don't get it.

I have great movement in my ankle and knee, and have been told to do what I can but if it hurts stop? does anyone understand what that means? am I suppose to put weight on it? can u walk in the airboot?

Could anyone do a follow up and tell me how long it took them in full recovery? I am self employed and can not be off for 6-12 months. My dr gives me a different answer every time. anywhere from 6-10 weeks to 6- 12 months! I don't think he is a very good Dr. Could anyone recomend a good Dr. In the Waterloo area in Ontario? I am from Cambidge, but I don't think there are any good ones from here!

Sep 17, 2010
Tibia fracture cont.
by: Becky

I forgot to mention walking and weight bearing - I was on crutches for about 3 months in total, I think it was 6-8 weeks non weight bearing, then the rest of the time weaning off from 2 to 1 to no crutches. It took a while because my leg had gotten so weak, so do as much exercise as you can in the non-weight bearing stage to help with this. Hopefully you've been told to tense your quads by sitting with legs straight and pulling your knee cap up towards you, and putting a towel under the knee and pushing down into it.

Good luck with all your recoveries x

Sep 17, 2010
Tibia fracture
by: Becky

Hey all,

I fractured my tibia (tibial plateau) through a fall skiing, about 4 years ago now. I know some of you have had much worse fractures than I did but I wanted to try and give you a bit of hope. I had complications with mine as I had also ruptured my ACL ligament which no-one realised until about 9 months after the injury/surgery, but I did eventually get there. My main problems were weakness and decreased range of movement. Despite doing physio exercises and stretches 3 times a day, it took about a year and a half to finally get my heel to my bottom again - and what a feeling it was! It probably took a further year of physical work after that (I went abroad and worked with horses) to regain strength and leg size equal to my other leg.

I truly hope these time frames don't worry you, I just want you all to know that you will get there. Keep putting in the hard work to recover. Do as much exercise as you can (seated exercise if non-weight bearing). While my knee is not 100% like my other leg and I need to work to maintain strength in it, I am still able to do the things I want to do, like running, horse-riding, cycling...

I am now training to be a physiotherapist because of my experience and have realised the stress the tibia is put under - it takes all our weight, so no wonder it takes so long to recover, it has to be so strong. I can't stress the importance of strengthening the leg, as this will support the rest of the leg and your joints.

Hang on in there, and keep going. xxx

Aug 23, 2010
poppycock
by: Anonymous

i am a 20 year old female who reciently got hit by a car goim 40 miles an hour walking across the street. it shattered my tibia so now i have a permident rob with 4 screws the rest of my life.... the problem with my situation is i didnt have insurance the time of my accident so i cannot follow up on recovery soeverybody with insuranse you are so very lucky....regardless i am lucky to be alive anyways i had alot of other damage done but good luck toeverybody else who had comments before me.sorryforthe horrible spelling/english

Aug 19, 2010
Tibia fracture
by: Anonymous

I broke my tibia the second time in a yr a week ago. The fist time I had a ex fixator for 4 months. This time I have only a cast for I'm guessing 6-8 weeks. This crap blows

Jul 16, 2010
Broken tibia and fibula
by: princess

Hello . I had an accident 6/29/2010 . and i broke my tibia and fibula . i had surgery on the tibia rodes , and screws were placed in my leg . they cut me at my knee to place the rode in my leg . Its been 2 weeks now and i have a air boot which can be took off and on , but i have a walker that I must use . no crushes .Because I cant place any pressure on my leg / feet . I get all my pain at night , my ankle and leg is sore and still swollen . I wanted to know will i be able to maintain normally life things in the next 4 weeks cause that will be my six week mark .

Jul 01, 2010
Tibia fracture just below knee
by: Sathish

I am sathish 24 yr old male. I had fractured my tibia in a bus accident 3 months ago on April 10, 2010.since doctor said my bone would heal without any surgeries i was given casting from 5 inches above knee to toe.after 6 weeks that cast was removed and a new cast from below knee was given to me.My healing rate is also very low according to my doctors.Now the cast has been removed and i have started walking with the help of walkers bearing partial weight.I am doing my PT exercises also for the past 2 weeks and since then swelling has considerably decreased.i am walking now without pain although some times i get a niggle when i walk.I was frustrated and thought my body condition is taking this much time for the healing.After seeing some encouraging comments here now i am confident that i can walk alone without any help soon.Thanks guys.

Jun 15, 2010
The guy that didn't need surgery
by: Ryan

YEA YEA YEA. YOU CAN SEE BELOW I WROTE ALL ABOUT HOW GREAT MY HEALING IS AND MY DOCTOR. 3 WEEKS AGO, 60 DAYS IN, HE SAYS IT'S NOT HEALING AS FAST AS I'D LIKE COME BACK IN 3 WEEKS FOR MORE XRAYS. I GO BACK IN 3 WEEKS PUTTING US AT A TOTAL OF 85 DAYS. HE SAYS TODAY BASICALLY, IT'S NOT HEALING, YOU NEED SURGERY.

OMG. I WANT TO CHOKE HIM. NOT BECAUSE I BROKE MY LEG WHICH IS MY FAULT, NO. I'D LIKE TO CHOKE HIM BECAUSE HE DID NOT CREATE REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS REGARDING THIS INJURY IT'S HEALING TIME. HE BASICALLY DREW A PARALLEL BETWEEN GOLDMAN SACHS AND DOCTOR THAT WOULD DO SURGERY ON MY TYPE OF INJURY. THAT'S A QUOTE. THEN A FEW WEEKS LATER HE SAYS SURGERY IS THE ONLY WAY IT'S GOING TO HEAL? WHAT? I FEEL LIKE I'M IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE. I'M SO ANGRY AND UPSET AT THE MOMENT I'M UNSTABLE.

THIS DOCTOR IS A SPECIALIST OF BONE TRAUMA OF LOWER LEG. HE IS HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT AT A MAJOR HOSPITAL, HE IS A PROFESSOR, HE HAS WRITTEN BOOKS... HE ISN'T A HACK?

I COULD KILL HIM. I'VE GOT ANOTHER 3 MONTHS TILL I'M NORMAL. THAT 6 MONTHS NOW AT 37 YEARS OLD AND SUPER HEALTHY. I'D RATHER DIE THAN TO HAVE THIS LAST MUCH LONGER.

WHAT'S THE MORAL OF THIS STORY? I'VE LEARNED DOCTORS DON'T KNOW SQUAT AND WHEN THEY TURN OUT TO BE RIGHT THEY SUGGEST ONE OF THREE STANDARD ANSWERS AND SOEMTIMES THEIR RIGHT. HEY A BROKEN CLOCK IS RIGHT TWICE A DAY.

MY ADVICE? IF YOU ARE A PRAYING MAN, PRAY AND MEAN IT, IF YOUR NOT HOPE OR DO WHATEVER YOU DO BECAUSE YOU'RE JUST GOING TO HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS, WONDERING AND TRYING TO ASSESS IT IS A LOST CAUSE, TAKE IT FROM ME.

NOW I'M HEADED FOR THE KNIFE, A PLATE, AND A BUNCH OF SCREWS. I COULD LOSE MY MIND RIGHT NOW.

Jun 13, 2010
Broken Tibia
by: Anonymous

I am a figure skater and when I was skating I had a weird fall and my tibia was broken. I went to the hospital and was told it was just the tibia and not the fibula (thank god). I didn't have to have surgery which I was very glad about since it was a clean straight break. I had a temporary cast that went above my knee to my foot. A few days later I went to an orthapedic surgeon and he said that it would be 8-10 weeks before it would heal, I had an appointment a week after the first to get a walking boot, but still no where close to walking and on crutches, im waiting to see what happens, and waiting to see how long it takes to heal.

May 25, 2010
Follow up
by: Jim

(45 yo male I broke my tibia jst below the top of my ski boot and fibula in the same place and higher on 25 feb 2010. Surgrery was that evening and 5 days later got the splint removed and got a walking boot. The Dr told me it was OK to put full weight on it and 8 days post break I was walking without crutches (slow and short distances). )

I returned to work, Underground Miner VERY physical, on May 19, 2110 just under 3 months after breaking it. Its still a little tender but I think it's just muscle cramps around the site. The breaks showed good healing on x-ray the 17th. I beleive that this is due to good fitness level before the accident and fast aggressive treatment.

May 03, 2010
Tibial fracture healing time
by: Mike

Here's my story in hopes in helps some people.

Nov 5 broke my tibia/fibula flipping on a four wheeler. It was a somewhat spiral fracture about 3in below the knee for both fib/tib.

Nov 7 had IM rod and 5 screws to secure the rod, discharged Nov 9 with cruches, brace and instructed no weight bearing. (occurred in California)

Returned home to San Antonio Nov 10th. Nov 25 found follow on care Ortho doctor. Turned out the first doc set the IM rod straight bit the top portion of the tibia was 20deg off straight. X rays confirmed so the second doc recommended taking out the rod and screws putting in a slightly wider diameter rod and straightening the bone.

Dec 1 had the surgery, (right leg) first IM rod removed, second rod placed and set straight. Again structed no weight bearing, there was quite a bit of swelling/numbness on right side of knee cap and lower right side of calve.

Dec 20th two week follow up showed no bone regrowth or rod shifting. Doctor indicated it's usually 22weeks for the tibia bone to rejoin and up to a year to get it's original density and strength back. I am 28 good health, active nonsmoker.

Jan1 still on crutches given an aircast as well however I only used it for two weeks because it caused pain and instead took great care not to put weight on leg and instead focused on ankle and knee range of motion exercises.

Feb1 some signs of bone regrowth, allowed to put leg weight only, with crutches. Begain physical therapy and continued improving ankle/knee range of motion. Practiced walking with normal form however using both crutches.

Mar 1 returned to work, still had a bit of discomfort in the ankle as it readjusted to weight bearing but begain walking carefully without crutches, I never went to one crutch, just used both to ensure proper walking form and slowley increases the weight over time until no longer needed crutches. Used a ankle brace to assist in ankle weakness.

Apr 1 walking fine and walking a lot however still feel like I can't run Jump or kick a football just yet, still need to go to next checkup to see what kind of bone regrowth is present. I would say another month or two and i won't feel uncomfortable running or doing twisting motions on the leg. Numbness is going away a bit to the right of the knee cap, went away almost completely on lower outside of calve. Ankle pain/swelling went away after about a month of walking full weight bearing as the muscles/tendons strengthened.. The tendons sometimes need rest they will get inflamed if you push them too hard. Have patience, it takes your tibia a long time to get back th way it was especially if your not under 20yrs.

Keep it pinned!
Vr
Mike Herrera
San Antonio Texas!

Apr 29, 2010
Spiral Tibia and Fibula Break.
by: RYAN

I'm miffed by the array of varied healing times. I am a healthy 36 year old and I have a spiral fracture of my Tibia 2 inches above my ankle and my fibula broke as well closer to my knee. The first doctor said I needed surgery but I really didn't want it so i went to another older more respected trauma surgeon and he said I didn't need surgery. I did this on a mountain bike.(Wear protective gear!) I was given a knee to toe cast thank GOD, not a toe to hip, but either way the cast is just AWFUL. There was quite a bit of pain for only about 5 days and mostly because my foot was pointed down and not in it's natural position. After about 5 days the pain was just moderate and the swelling was WAY DOWN after about 10 days. I went back in after 2 weeks and he recast me. I went back 2 weeks later at 4 weeks and 3 days total and he left the cast on but gave me a shoe to put on the bottom of my cast to walk a bit. It has now been 5 weeks and 4 days and my leg feels GREAT. I can walk without the aid of a crutch pretty well. I am amazed at how fast I am healing compared to all these other stories? Maybe because I'm in LA and my bone was set at UCLA and my doctor is the head of Orthopedic surgeon focusing on the lower leg. He has 32 years, he's a professor, and has written 8 books, he's at Ceder Sinai. Is that why? I don't know, I am very blessed to be strong and have great genes but it still seems a bit odd as I've never read a single story like mine. I am very lucky I would say. Anyway I go into tomorrow 2 days shy of 6 weeks and I am hoping against all hope he puts me in a walking cast, I can't see why he wouldn't because it feels great and I can almost put all my weight on it and walk. I am just amazed but also scared because I've read 100 posts at many sites and I haven't read a single person with my type of fracture that escaped surgery and has recovered as fast as I have? Here's hoping tomorrow I get a boot tomorrow.

Apr 07, 2010
Injury 6/20/2009
by: Chuck

I had my accident on June 20, 2009. Fracture Tibia and Fibia, also had a skin flap on my ankle. I was involved in a motorcyle accident. I had surgery on June 20 and received a rod and 5 screws. On March 18, 2010 the Dr. removed the screws in my ankle and now I am having pain in my leg where the rod is. The Dr. put me back in the boot for 6 weeks. I am very frustrated! How long is this healing going to take. Does anyone have any advise?

Apr 06, 2010
How come no follow up
by: Al

Here I am re-posting after 3months after my broken tib and fib. Fortunately doc said everything was going good a month ago. I've been doing P.T. for about a month and I'm riding my bike 3-4 times aweek. My PT says that once I get the motion back in my ankle were I broke the Fib I can start getting the muscle back. I can barely balance on the foot but it's getting better just about everyday. I tried to surf the other day and it was very painful but at least i was able to do that on the 100th day after surgery. Someone told me it took them about 100 days for their tib to heal and its not my tib thats the problem with me its more like the fib break at the ankle that frustrates me. My leg swells everyday but I try and keep it up when at home, PT says I can ice then put in hot water repetitively finish with ice, which stimulates circulation. I try to eat as healthy as possible and I don't smoke, 40yrs old and in good health so far. I ve read many stories here on the net and I wish everyone the best of luck. Yes I get frustrated too but we all have to look at the bright side cause the other won't do us any good.

Apr 05, 2010
Stress fracture of tibea
by: loosing patience

It sounds as if you are all healing quickly! I had an mri in Jan. 2010 that revealed a stress fractured of the tibea, non-displaced. I used crutches full time for the first 4 weeks, still had pain so moved onto using a wheelchair at work (teacher, on my feet alot with lots of walking on campus). After 12 weeks I am still on crutches or wheelchair except for short periods of walking at home in morning and evening. The more I use it I start feeling pain and a numbing type feel on the fracture sight. Told I only have 4 more weeks then will gradually begin walking/exercise. Question: Does anyone thing this pain/numbing/tingling feeling is normal? Is this the healing process and will I continue to feel it for awhile? Loosing patience...

Mar 29, 2010
Tibia Spiral Fracture
by: Anonymous

My son had a Spiral fracture of the tibia. This happened on Dec. 5 2009. We took him to the ER and they put a full leg cast on it that night. His last follow up visit was March 24, 2010. Dr. said everything looked good and took the boot off. He said he did not need it anymore. The problem I am having with the entire thing is that his foot has been swollen the entire time and it still is VERY swollen. Does anyone know when we can expect the swelling to go down? and Why it would still be swollen?

Mar 25, 2010
broken Tibular and fib
by: Andrew, Manchester

Had a skiing accident 17th feb 2010 in Austria . airlifted off mountain and operated on within 3 hrs of arriving @ hospital. fantastic treatment with rod and 7 screws inserted to fix broken tib . also broken fib but no one appears to bother too much about this bone .Started physio after 3 days asked to put foot to floor as if there was an egg shell beneath foot and not to crush it.Today it's 5 weeks since accident and walking with crutches , gradually adding a bit more pressure each day to leg. Doing lots of physio work with tendons and knee movements thanks to help from my friendly physio . went to hospital this week and encouraged to hear that all is well . Next visit in 8 weekss. Didn't at any stage have plaster cast on so very little movement restrictions ... and less muscle wasteage
Allthough my proceedure was more invasive i can see the benifits of having the pin and screw system against traction and cast.I'm 52 years and planning to cycle the Transpennine trail from Hull to Southport at the end of May , providing the recovery goes well ..good luck to all the other broken leggers !

Mar 14, 2010
tibia fracture healing
by: Krishna

Hi , I am Krishna, 32years old, 3 months back i got closed tibia fracture, completly broken.doctors kept external fixator because of multiple crackes along with complete broken part.they took xray afer 6 weeks it showed some bone healing,i was very happy then after 6 weeks means totally after 12 weeks they took xray again but this time it shows no changes in healing, now doctor removed external fixator and put cast and said come after 3 weeks. i am in worry now. i am lossing my patient. please reply why tibai healing is stopped in my case.

Mar 07, 2010
Just Broke my tib/fib
by: Jim

45 yo male I broke my tibia jst below the top of my ski boot and fibula in the same place and higher on 25 feb 2010. Surgrery was that evening and 5 days later got the 1/2 cast (splint) removed and got a walking boot. The Dr told me it was OK to put full weight on it and 8 days post break I was walking without crutches (slow and short distances). The prognosis is that I may be fully functional at 4-6 weeks. I beleive that this is due to good fitness level before the accident and fast aggressive treatment.

Jan 24, 2010
TibFib Comminuted Fracture 41yo healthy-active
by: Stryker520

I had my 20 week check-up last week. Still minimal signs of healing but the Dr. instructed me to begin walking in a boot anyway.

In another 30 days the break may be classified as a non-union meaning that it will never heal on it's own. Therefore, he wants to maintain as much healthy bone density as possible just in case we have to do a bone graft. Signs all point to hopefully no bone-graft, but we are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.

So far, so good...no shifting and minimal pain. The next six weeks will be crucial. If the leg sustains the weight, I can begin weaning myself off of the boot. If the bone re-breaks, then a bone graft is most likely going to be the solution.

Hang in there all you injured folk. One day/step at a time.


Jan 24, 2010
spiral tib fib from fall
by: Anonymous

33 when spiral fractured left tib fib....turned 34 this past week 6 weeks post fall/operation...i;ve had two ortho follow ups both with new x-rays...at 2 weeks no shifting but no real healing...at 4 weeks no shifting very little healing but small possible sign of beginning bone formation on the xray...my next appt is 8 weeks post operation for moew xrays and ortho eval..py has helped with ankle range of motion a bit and knee bend went from 30 degress at first to like 85 degrees currently...bigger faster improvement with knee over ankle...i think i might try a pool for acqua therapy for ankle strengthening...i have some "distraction" in the tib which unfortunately takes a bit longer for union supposedly...doc said hopefully at the next appt 8 weeks post surgery i'll be partial weight bearing and a month from there full...we'll see.

Jan 01, 2010
How come no follow up?
by: Al

I see alot of people with the broken tibia problems here and alot unsettled questions. I to have the same problem, broken tibia ect. Why haven't some people replied after leg was completely healed??? Maybe when they're heald they go on with thier daily lives? I'd like to see some closures on these postings. I'll try and follow up on the healing process as well, Im a 40yr male.

Dec 28, 2009
TibFib Comminuted Fracture 41yo healthy-active
by: stryker520

I'm the same poster from earlier in the thread entitled: "TibFib Comminuted Fracture 41yo healthy-active"

After 90 days of no significant signs of improvement the Dr. ordered a bone stimulator for me which is a ultrasonic device I attach to my leg every day for 20 minutes. I'm to wear this for 3 months to speed the healing process.

In addition I have been instructed to add about 20 pounds of weight-bearing to the leg to keep the rest of the bone from losing density. The x-rays were starting to show some bone loss.

All seems to be going well so far. Will post back again with more updates as they occur.


Dec 26, 2009
15 year old Tibia break
by: Anonymous

My Son was 15 when he broke his Tibia it took him 4 months to completely heal and he could start doing everything again. Usually i think it's 6-8 months, but that's for a 25-30 year old male. The younger you are, the quicker you heal

Nov 16, 2009
leg
by: Anthony Thorpe

hi i broke my shin bone 3quarters of the way across playing football and im 19 and im in a cast and have been for 4 weeks i would like to know the average time of being in a cast and how long on an average wil i be unable to play football for thanks.

Nov 12, 2009
To the 12/12 post-er
by: Anonymous

If it was a clean break which did not require surgery you should start to see some healing on the Xrays soon. However, since you don't have any "internal" casting (ie plates and screws), chances are you'll need to keep the cast on.

Just my thoughts.

I fractured my leg in multiple places on 8/17 and have not had a cast since 8/24 but that's just because the plate and screws are holding it in place while it heals.


Nov 12, 2009
Clean break of Tibia mid-shin 30 years old
by: Anonymous

I've read some encouraging things on here and not so encouraging things on here regarding healing time. I guess we all heal at our own pace anyway.

I broke my right tibia playing soccer November 1. The pain level has decreased quite a bit since I noticed I can pretty much lift my leg and move without wincing. Today is November 12 and tomorrow I go back to the Orthopedist for follow up x-rays. I know it's only been just under 2 weeks since I broke it but I am hopeful to see if the bone has started to come together. Being a very active person I am a little restless I guess. I was wondering if anyone knows the chances of getting the cast off in less than a month so I can start putting a little weight on it. I keep myself in excellent health and have always been a quick healer. This past summer I had a grade 3 hamstring tear in my left leg and I started PT right away and amazingly was playing soccer and baseball again in less than a month. If anyone has any knowledge about broken tibia's please let me know. Thanks, and heal fast to all of you others.

Nov 11, 2009
TIB/FIB FRACTURE I need advice
by: College girl

Timeline

10/17/09- Closed compound tib/fib fracture at my ankle
10/27/09- Surgery rod and 8 screws inserted- placed in a mold cast
11/9/09- Cast removed and sutures removed, Received a doctors note No weight bearing on Bad foot...placed in a cam boot
11/12/09-PT start

I cant work at my job with any restrictions....ive been practicing walking in my cam boot and have been doing pretty good....I cant bend at the ankle though...any suggestions I am preparing myself to fully return back to work Monday

Oct 30, 2009
Response to 10/30 post
by: Anonymous

As I posted in my 10/22 post, I'm having the same issue. I broke my leg on 8/17 so I think we are close in hour dates of injury. According to the Dr. this does appear to be somewhat common and nothing to be alarmed about just yet. He said the Tibia naturally has poor blood circulation so longer healing may be expected. My Dr. told me to give it another 6 weeks before we start alternate methods (all non-invasive). I'll post back after my next Dr. appt. and give you an update on what the next steps he suggests for me are.

On a side note - I have a friend who also wasn't seeing progress at 8 weeks but at 10 weeks there was a definitive sign of major progress.

Oct 30, 2009
FRACTURED FIB AND TIB
by: Anonymous

I'm a 49 year old woman and on the 1st of August 2009, I slipped and fractured my fib and tib below my knee. I have a plate 3 screws, 2 in the ankle 1 below the knee. recently had another x-ray, to be told it isn't healing. And may need a futher operation, has anyone occured the same problem

Oct 22, 2009
TibFib Comminuted Fracture 41yo healthy-active
by: Anonymous

High intensity impact broke my lower Tib & Fib in 9 places. Stabilized with interior plates and screws.

Had my 8 week check up today with the unfortunate news of little bone re-growth.

Will recheck in 6 weeks. If similar results Dr. will prescribe a growth enhancer and magnetic therapy.

Oct 16, 2009
broken tib and fib
by: Anonymous

my son had his tib and fib fracture on june 13 09 and had the rod and 4 screws. he was full wieght bearing in a lil over a month he has finished pt and released from doctor today oct 16 and will play in his final high school football game next week so about 4 month recoverey doctor said he healed very well cuz he took good care. he has no knee pain either we were lucky to have such a great bone specialist

Oct 16, 2009
broken tib and fib
by: Anonymous

my son had his tib and fib fracture on june 13 09 and had the rod and 4 screws. he was full wieght bearing in a lil over a month he has finished pt and released from doctor today oct 16 and will play in his final high school football game next week so about 4 month recoverey doctor said he healed very well cuz he took good care. he has no knee pain either we were lucky to have such a great bone specialist

Oct 13, 2009
Tb fracture with dislocation
by: Kay

I had a tib fracture with dislocation, surgery with a plate and 8 screws. Had surgery 5 weeks ago and now weight bearing with one crutch. Foot doesn't want to bend at ankle joint. Has anyone else had this problem? Doing physical therapy but slow going. Doc says another four weeks and I should be walking with a limp in my shoes. Seems hard to believe because the weightbearing is still pretty sore. Take it easy and don't overdo it because a set back is no fun! Physical therapy is painful but exervises do seem to be helping.

Sep 05, 2009
tib and fib break
by: nate

Im 24 yrs old I broke my tib/fib in the middle of the shin, (clean break) I got a rod placed in my leg with some screws on Aug 2nd. its been 5 weeks with a cast and its coming off in a week. I have no pain and leg feels much better I want to know what are the chances of me walking out Dr.office without any assistance..? and if there is and what kind of phys therapy would help me to get back on my feet. Thank You!

Aug 29, 2009
TIB/FIB BROKEN
by: Anonymous

June 30 2009

Injury: Broken Tib/Fib Open Compound Fracture
1 Metal Nail and 4 screws. No damage to any nerves. Tibula has one clean break
Fibula has 2 small breaks .

My Son broke leg in baseball game ,clipped 30foot pole unpaded with his left leg. He plays centrefield . He will play again thank GOD. He started althletic theropy on July.28.2009. 2 times a week . Once he can walk it wil be 3 times a week for 40 minutes . Not to mention daily excercise at home. He is partially weight bering with the assistance of an Airwalker cast and cruches . I believe that early PT has made a difference ,they have reduced the swelling and maintained the muscle . No pain since July 20 .2009 . The rest is up to the bones to heal in there own time. Stay strong everyone .

Aug 23, 2009
Spiral fracture of Tibia and broken fibula (4 breaks)
by: Tony

Broke it (first break ever) 12 July 09 in a remote location at 11:30hrs, waited 90 min for ambulance and rescue, then 40 min on the spot treatment plus 90 min ambulance ride to hospital (no complaints).

Admitted hospital at 15:30 same day with spiral fracture of tibia(2 breaks) mid-shin and fibula(broken either end). It did not hurt except when they moved the leg around. Operation was am following day (Monday 13th - no complaints). It did hurt after the surgery a little but analgaesia worked fine.

Tibial nail was implanted in tibia, with a plaster backslab and wrap, and I was told to return for X-ray on Monday two weeks later. Discharged the next day (Tuesday 14th) with 5 minutes tuition on crutches. Told not to place any weight on the leg. So I kept it elevated. Fortunately I have sick leave and someone to look after me at home. Was best kept above the level of heart.

The two week X-ray showed no healing and no movement of the rod (so far so good). Plaster was removed and replaced with lightweight waterproof fibreglass cast - told not to put weight on leg and come back in 4 weeks (i.e. 6 weeks after break). No swelling but still kept elevated.

Tomorrow is the day and they will X-ray it again first and decide what to do. Virtually no pain, but some aches and itches. Hopefully there has been some healing. But at 55 you don't heal as quickly as you used to. Good luck to you all.

Cheers Tony

Aug 20, 2009
Try not to stress
by: Andrew

Spiral break of Tibia in centre and fracture of fibula just below knee. Incident happened 15th May. I am putting full weight on leg and have been doing exstensive physio on leg it is coming good every day.

Aug 15, 2009
Marty
by: Grace

Marty:
We have the same thing, I just broke my bones and had surgery 3 weeks ago. I have so much pain I don't think my dr believes me. I can't put any weight on that leg for 8 wks according to the dr. It's really awfuly sitting in the chair with my leg up all day every day and then going to bed in pain and not sleeping because of it. Do you have this also?

Aug 11, 2009
broken tib and fib
by: Marty

I broke my tib fib at thr middle of shin the tib was clean and the fib fractured had a rod insurted and 2 screws it has been 6 weeks and was told not to put any weight on it and do not see doctor for 2 more weeks it will almost be 8 weeks then they said they will x-ray and see if I can put weight on it I'm wondering if after the healing I will be able to resume doing the thing I did before I'm 50 years old my leg still aches and swells hop around with a walker I am tired of that and traped in the home

Aug 05, 2009
Spiral Tib / Fib closed fracture
by: Anonymous

Tibial rod placed with 2 screws ploximally and 4 at distal end. I've been weight bearing as tollorated from day one. It has been 13 days nows and I still a use walker or crutches for ballance. Some days I over do it and pay for it for 2 days. I have had accupucture twice now, which helps. Still a very painfull process. Doc says I should expect to be at work in 6 weeks. (We will see)

Jul 27, 2009
TibFib Comminuted Fractures
by: 50 Yr Old Male

I have a comminuted fracture of my tibial shaft & an oblique fracture of each fibular flare. The tibia is the slowest healing bone in the whole body, the reason being is because it receives a poor blood supply, it'a also the bone with the highest incidence of non & delayed union. The typical healing time for a tibia is 6 to 8 months depending on age, health, smoker or non, etc.. I had my full leg cast on for 6 weeks, then I got a shortie. It's now been 9 weeks, and just this week my doctor cleared me to place only leg weight pressure on it as I walk with crutches. I see the x-rays are showing some callus, but judging by the rate of callus growth I'd bet I won't see walking with a cane for another 2 months.
Then there's the possibility of non union for which there are rods & bone grafts to attempt to remedy. In the event that a satisfactory union cannot be achieved with bone grafts they amputate the leg just above the break.

Jul 21, 2009
healing time
by: Anonymous

My son had a spiral break of his tibia and fibula. He had a rod placed and 3 screws. He was told he could weight bear and it was very hard at first. He was in a wheelchair for the first couple weeks. He had a lot of swelling and bruising as he went to school right away after the break. It was some tough healing and pain at first but it got better very quickly after about 2-3 weeks. He was very upset as he had a trip planned for Costa Rica soon. I am glad to say after 4 1/2 weeks he went to Costa Rica. He brought his crutches but never needed them!!!!

Jul 10, 2009
@ gianee
by: Anonymous

hey gianee i got the same procedure but i have my tibia broken near the ankle now its eight week i can walk with out any support i got the rod and three screws as urs ......so chillout dude u will be walkin soon without any support r crunches

Jul 08, 2009
For the last comment
by: Giianee

Hey, I'm almost at week 6 of a lower tib/fib break. I also have a rod and 3 screws (2 screws in the ankle, 1 screw below the knee). I have my dr's appointment in three days. @ 6weeks you were able to put 80% load on that leg? Can I ask your age? I'm just curios because i'm 27 and trying to be optimistic about my appointment comming up.

Jun 29, 2009
@ hunny
by: Anonymous

hey hunny hope u doin well now .i got the same procedure i got 3 screws and a rod on my right tibial bone.i started walking after 6 weeks with a 80 percent weight of my body.Doctors advised me to put as much weight as i can well but they said that u will be walking with out any source after 3 months

Jun 13, 2009
Broken tibia healing time
by: Anonymous

I forgot to mention that I quit smoking on 4-7-09 so if you could include that into your answer thank you!!

Jun 10, 2009
Timeline for broken tibia?
by: Frank

45 yr male smoker active broke tibia longbreak spiral fracture fibula fractured ankle
Dec-2-08
Dec-9-08 surgery plate tibia 5 screws,2 screws ankle
Feb-7-09 start therapy stopped PT end of Feb through end March due to prutruding screw in ankle OS finally removes pin 4-2-09
4-9-09 OS states non union seek 2nd opinion
5-5-09 2nd OS performs 2nd surgery remove all hardware replace clean ends of non union add bonegraft question: 6-15-09 removal of cast is there any chance I can return to work by 7-7-09 I am a waiter I don't care if I have to limp but can I do this?? I can not lose this job it is very important to me and my future any suggestions????

Jul 26, 2008
Similar injury - questions
by: Joe Goode

Hi Hunny,
Sorry to hear about your accident. How are you now? Can you walk unaided?

Last Friday, 18th July, I was playing football and someone did a very rash,late tackle on me breaking my tibia near the ankle. I had surgery the next morning to place a nail down the length of the shin bone. Since then i've been keeping my weight off it. I still have pain at the fracture area, and when I stand on crutches the throbbing gets worse.
Did you suffer similar symptoms?

Secondly, have you got any advice on how to deal with the first few weeks after surgery? Any food to recommend to speed up the bone healing process etc?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Joe Goode (London)

Jun 14, 2008
Perhaps 6-8 Weeks
by: Bart - SII

Hi Hunny - Sorry to hear about your accident.

Most fractures heal in about 6 weeks - this is the standard time frame that is known for bone healing - because you have a rod in your tibia, you are able to place some weight on your leg sooner.

I would think that you should be progressing to a single crutch in the next 3-4 weeks, and be able to walk without any assistive device in 6-8 weeks.

Your doctor will take X-rays to make sure the bone is healing, and then let you progress your weight bearing as appropriate.

As far as the type of crutches - whatever is most comfortable for you is the best choice to use.

Please comment back if you have other questions and to update us on your progress!


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