tib/fib fracture recovery

by Debbie
(CA)

Hi!
My 13 yr old son broke his ti/fib of his R leg clean through in a soccer game (Sept 30 2008).It took 4 reductions over a month to get it to hold in place where it needed to be. He finally got a walking boot last week (Mid January 2009) after months of different cast sizes. The Dr said he could gradually begin to put weight on it, and he has just started physical therapy. He does swell a lot with movement and weight bearing like I see from some of the other questions. Specifically, his air boot seems to aggravate his injury. He has a short one that comes up right about to the exact spot where his break was. It is also heavy to lift when he needs to pick it up in order to move quickly at school with his crutches and pulls on the injured area. Is there an alternative to that heavy boot(something that may offer some support and protection at school without the negative effects)? He does much better around the house when it is off. He can do his exercises, put partial weight, etc. Thanks for any suggestions.

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Aug 06, 2014
Tib/fib break NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi I also have questions about this injury. I fell on the ice March 8th 2014 and had a spiral fracture in on bone and a clean break in the other. I had ORIF surgery March 11th I had 2 plates and 11 screws. I am 5 months post surgery and I am still having horrible pain! The only way I can describe the pain is that it feels like the plate or bone is going to bust thru my skin. It is horrible sharp pains and I can't walk on it when it gets like this. I thought that 5 months out I wouldn't have as much pain...why am I still in so much pain?

Aug 06, 2014
Tib/fib break NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi I also have questions about this injury. I fell on the ice March 8th 2014 and had a spiral fracture in on bone and a clean break in the other. I had ORIF surgery March 11th I had 2 plates and 11 screws. I am 5 months post surgery and I am still having horrible pain! The only way I can describe the pain is that it feels like the plate or bone is going to bust thru my skin. It is horrible sharp pains and I can't walk on it when it gets like this. I thought that 5 months out I wouldn't have as much pain...why am I still in so much pain?

Feb 07, 2014
OLD NEW
by: Anonymous

I see most of you with the tib fib injuries are pretty young. My problem is the nerve damage and foot drop. It has been 19 years since the injury. The doctor just mentioned the other day, they can rebuild ankles now. I just said no thanks. I am waiting for results of new Xrays . Having a lot of knee and leg pain.

Feb 07, 2014
OLD NEW
by: Anonymous

I see most of you with the tib fib injuries are pretty young. My problem is the nerve damage and foot drop. It has been 19 years since the injury. The doctor just mentioned the other day, they can rebuild ankles now. I just said no thanks. I am waiting for results of new Xrays . Having a lot of knee and leg pain.

Feb 07, 2014
OLD NEW
by: Anonymous

I see most of you with the tib fib injuries are pretty young. My problem is the nerve damage and foot drop. It has been 19 years since the injury. The doctor just mentioned the other day, they can rebuild ankles now. I just said no thanks. I am waiting for results of new Xrays . Having a lot of knee and leg pain.

Jan 31, 2014
Tib/Fib Spiral Non Union Fracture....and Forteo!!! NEW
by: Jewels

So my TIB/Fib Spiral fracture has become a non-union fracture, I'm 20 months out of my ice hockey accident. I started Forteo injections 3 months ago....and Lo and Behold!! Im getting bone growth!!! I also am on a Rx of Vitamin D...taking 50,000 iu....
With fractures...Vitamin D is essential for bone repair. SO...for anyone who has a non-union....before you do a re-nail like I did or try Stem Cell...talk to your Ortho about Forteo!!!!

Jan 31, 2014
tib fib crush injury NEW
by: Anonymous

I had my tib fib crushed by a horse trailer ramp and the horse on top of it on the asphalt. That was in Nov. 1995. Took 3 years to walk half decent. have foot drop permanent from the exploded nerves. The rod in my leg came loose in a couple of months and worked into my knee. Now I am having severe knee pain and pain at the crush site. Waiting to see a dr. again. just got some Insurance again after none for 3 years. I am 62 years old now. If anyone has a similar injury , lets hear about it.

Jan 31, 2014
tib fib crush injury NEW
by: Anonymous

I had my tib fib crushed by a horse trailer ramp and the horse on top of it on the asphalt. That was in Nov. 1995. Took 3 years to walk half decent. have foot drop permanent from the exploded nerves. The rod in my leg came loose in a couple of months and worked into my knee. Now I am having severe knee pain and pain at the crush site. Waiting to see a dr. again. just got some Insurance again after none for 3 years. I am 62 years old now. If anyone has a similar injury , lets hear about it.

May 04, 2013
Bad Tib/Fib Break NEW
by: Joe

I broke my tibia and fibula on april 5th 2013. I was skydiving and when I landed my guide lost footing and I tryed to keep us standing but my leg gave way. I had 2 nasty breaks both look like when you break a tree branch into a sort of slope like a door jam. I was in tennesee on spring break and when taken to the hospital the specialist there said the best way to go would be to get a rod inserted and screwed when I go back to indiana so I was put in a plaster splint and taken to indiana the next day I was lucky enough to get an orthopedic specialist (who only usually takes patients over 50. I'm 16) this specialist gave the decision to my mom to eithet do surgery or just a cast but he seemed to be pressing for a cast so I was put in a fiberglass cast from my foot all the way up to 3/4 of my thigh and am currently in it now I'm currently on my 5th week and last xrays at 4 weeks showed some bridging callus (the doctor said it was early) so that must be a good sign I have almost no pain in the fracture site ever unless imm moving my leg off of my bed in the morning the only time I do have pain its in my ankle mostly from immobility I'm on no weight bearing and using crutches to get around (I've fallen twice but was lucky enough not to move the bone at all so I must be on a luck streak!) Although I've already shown some bridging callus on my tibia my fibula hasn't yet and it may just be me being paranoid but I'm scared of nonunions as summer is coming up I hope this has helped!

Apr 15, 2013
Pain and sewlling NEW
by: Anonymous

Thanks very much for your response, I still do have some pain but its not a constant pain it comes and goes, as for the swelling there still is a lot of that, And yes I have been told its a long healing process, Thanks again.

Apr 14, 2013
Tib/Fib NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi. In response to your post, first let me say that having just done this in March, you're doing well, in my opinion, if you're not still in a lot of pain. I had broke my tib/fib December 23 and I had a great deal of pain for quite a long time. I am now 3 1/2 months post injury, and am finally limping around with minimal pain. Lots of discomfort still, however. I had a lot of swelling for a long time also. I felt hopeless for a very long time as well, and even though I'm finally walking without my boot, I'm no where near normal. If you've noticed anything at all, I'm sure you've noticed how slow the healing process is with regard to this injury, so try to be patient. It does get better with time. Best of luck to you :)

Apr 14, 2013
Bad Tib/ Fracture-Swelling NEW
by: Terry

I fractured my tib/fib march 1st 2013 and had surgery the very next day a steel rod screws and plate it was a very bad break according to the surgeon and at a bad angle, Its now april april 14 I still have some pain and a lot of swelling and yes still have the cast on, is all this swelling normal?

Feb 12, 2013
NCAA Athlete NEW
by: Anonymous

Hmm it's odd that it wasn't like this while she was running cross country but it could just be that she was using her foot so extensively in cross country and now shes had some down time so the muscles and ligaments have tightened up. I have the same problem and my physical therapist works on my range of motion every day. Have her lie down and flex her foot up and down and side to side. She should do this until her leg is exhausted. Give her a break and then have someone apply pressure against where she is flexing her foot ie. flexing her foot down, apply resistance to make it harder. This should gradually increase her movement.
Hope this helps, tell you daughter goodluck from a fellow player!

Feb 12, 2013
Daughters Tibfib break playing soccer NEW
by: JulieF

On 9/11/11 my 14 yr old daughter broke her tibfib while playing soccer. Her tib break was through the growth plate at her ankle and the fib break about an inch higher. No surgery, just a full leg plaster cast for about 4 weeks, at which tim it was cut down below her knee. at 6 weeks this was replaced w a fiberglass cast, then replaced again after a few weeks w a second fiberglass cast. Total cast time of 12 weeks. She was fully released last March 2012. She had a successful year of running varsity cross country this fall for high school, but now she's embarking on HS soccer which begins in a few weeks. This is the 1st time playing since her break and mother is NERVOUS!!! She showed me last night she's not able to raise her foot very high off the ground. It wasn't this way during Xcountry. Should I be concerned or is this just the way it will be? Any thoughts from those who have the same issue?

Feb 06, 2013
NCAA Athlete NEW
by: Anonymous

I had what seems to be the same pains and for me the doctors said it was because my foot was at the same angle for so long that the tendons and muscles shortened and were spasming. I'm 5 months out now and all the pains in my foot are gone and I almost have the full range of motion back.

Feb 06, 2013
Tibia/Fibula Fracture NEW
by: Trisha

Hello! My name is Trisha, and I am a 36-year-old female. On December 23, 2012 I stepped up on a picnic table bench in high heeled wedge boots (not a good idea I know) and clearly my foot slipped. I broke my leg (tibia and fibula). It was trying to pop through the skin, but fortunately, we were able to keep it from coming through. However, I did spend one week in the hospital, and had surgery four days after breaking the leg. I have a rod and two screws in the tibia. It is now February 6, 2013 and it has been six weeks since my senseless accident. My orthopedic surgeon seems to have a much higher expectation for healing than I do. I go back to him this coming Monday, at which point he was hoping for me to be able to ditch the crutches. Well I can say I'm definitely not there yet. In fact, I am still in a great deal of pain. The pain is mainly in my foot now though. I have what I describe as shooting pains coming out the bottom of my foot and all around the foot. What could this be? I have been on Percocet 7.5, 1 to 2 every six hours, and now 25mcg Fentanyl patches. At this point, I don't even know what to expect. It is such a slow-healing injury. I know that my bones showed healing at my last check up, but what could this foot pain be? Any advice??? Thanks in advance!

Feb 06, 2013
Tibia/Fibula Fracture NEW
by: Trisha

Hello! My name is Trisha, and I am a 36-year-old female. On December 23, 2012 I stepped up on a picnic table bench in high heeled wedge boots (not a good idea I know) and clearly my foot slipped. I broke my leg (tibia and fibula). It was trying to pop through the skin, but fortunately, we were able to keep it from coming through. However, I did spend one week in the hospital, and had surgery four days after breaking the leg. I have a rod and two screws in the tibia. It is now February 6, 2013 and it has been six weeks since my senseless accident. My orthopedic surgeon seems to have a much higher expectation for healing than I do. I go back to him this coming Monday, at which point he was hoping for me to be able to ditch the crutches. Well I can say I'm definitely not there yet. In fact, I am still in a great deal of pain. The pain is mainly in my foot now though. I have what I describe as shooting pains coming out the bottom of my foot and all around the foot. What could this be? I have been on Percocet 7.5, 1 to 2 every six hours, and now 25mcg Fentanyl patches. At this point, I don't even know what to expect. It is such a slow-healing injury. I know that my bones showed healing at my last check up, but what could this foot pain be? Any advice??? Thanks in advance!

Jan 24, 2013
Tib/Fib Non Union Fracture...bad ice hockey accident! NEW
by: Julie

Had a bad ice hockey accident 10 months ago,..IM nail and 3 screws....just had the 3 screws removed and was told I have a Non Union Fracture! Pain is so bad still....Doctor suggest doing a Re-Nail with a larger rod. Anyone else have this? Any success stories? any insight would be great.....I so want to get back on the ice with my women's league!

Dec 16, 2012
4 years and still in pain NEW
by: Anonymous

I got my fib tib fracture just from slipping on a small patch of ice on the sidewalk. I was 23. I had 2 large screws in my ankle put in n 2 small ones in my fibula. I was told the 2 larg ones would come out after physical therapy but they broke and r still in. I did 6 months of physical therapy. I can= say that my pain has ever fully gone away. I am now 27 and suffer from chronic pain. I have even developed platar faciaitis due to the lack of motion and favoring my other leg when walking. That has now only caused me more pain. Having good health insurance n time to actually do the multiple visits to physical therapy is the only thing that will help. However, every injury is different. Hopefully the case for ur son is different.

Dec 02, 2012
Returning to play NCAA Division 1 Women's Soccer NEW
by: Anonymous

I broke my tib & fib 2.5 months ago and had a 12 inch rod inserted into my tibia. Most of my foot is numb and I had quite a bit of soft tissue damage from the break. I have nerve damage in my foot and the back of my achilles. I can feel about 10% of my foot so hopefully that starts to improve in the next year or so. I am out of the boot and started jogging a week ago. I don't have the full range of motion in my foot or ankle but it gets worked on every day in physical therapy. I have 3.5 more months of therapy before I can play again and the doc said that is a consrvative timeline since its out of season so there is no rush to get me back on the field. I would get a second opinion from other doctors and therapists. I did that and my trainer is following the schedule of getting me back to playing shape in 4 months and were on schedule to complete that. What kind of things is he doing in rehab and how long ago was his injury?!?!

Nov 27, 2012
Return to play professional football? NEW
by: Anonymous

My son broke his tibia and fibula playing college football plus had compartmental syndrome. He has lost ability to lift front of foot and some ankle motion. Drs says end of football but i have faith he can return....with future of nfl on the line I need to know if anyone has had any experiences in rehab and recovery procedures to get back to playing football. Drs says he can have reconstructive tendon transfer to get some motion back. I need him to get totally back. Not for me but for his future. Nfl Teams constantly calling. PLEASE HELP...I WELCOME ALL ADVICE.
THANKS

Aug 16, 2012
Judo/ Jiu-Jitsu Tib Fib break NEW
by: Anonymous

I broke my tib fib over 2 years ago training Judo takedowns. It was compound and needed 2 screws one of wich was taken out so I could someday train again. My doctors swear that I should be pain free, but I'm not. I can't sleep some nights because the pain is so great. I try to return to my lifestyle of training martial arts, weight training and mountain biking. My job is physical and requires walking around all the time and it causes me have other pain that comes from favoring my good leg. After training hard doing cardio for years and not being able to train suddenly I started having depression and losing motivation to try and return to my former self. Some people have more pain than others, and for everyone concerned about returning to what you once were I do suggest to have a back up plan for your lifestyle that can replace that positive outlet. Just in case you never get back 100%, I hope that you all will! Don't let anyone convince you that you don't have significant pain if it effects your ability to work or function then you should be on pain medication. I tried to be tough and limit my intake of pain meds because of a doctors recommendations. It resulted in me losing my job of 4 years and my home. You can spend thousands trying new state of the art equipment. But if you cant afford it like me then elaborated therapy, hard training and pain medication like Vicodin and Tramadol. If you are in a state that supports it I suggest trying Medical Marijuana in the form of both edibles and smokeables to take the edge off of training with an IM rod and screws. Happy healing everyone.

Aug 16, 2012
Judo/ Jiu-Jitsu Tib Fib break NEW
by: Anonymous

I broke my tib fib over 2 years ago training Judo takedowns. It was compound and needed 2 screws one of wich was taken out so I could someday train again. My doctors swear that I should be pain free, but I'm not. I can't sleep some nights because the pain is so great. I try to return to my lifestyle of training martial arts, weight training and mountain biking. My job is physical and requires walking around all the time and it causes me have other pain that comes from favoring my good leg. After training hard doing cardio for years and not being able to train suddenly I started having depression and losing motivation to try and return to my former self. Some people have more pain than others, and for everyone concerned about returning to what you once were I do suggest to have a back up plan for your lifestyle that can replace that positive outlet. Just in case you never get back 100%, I hope that you all will! Don't let anyone convince you that you don't have significant pain if it effects your ability to work or function then you should be on pain medication. I tried to be tough and limit my intake of pain meds because of a doctors recommendations. It resulted in me losing my job of 4 years and my home. You can spend thousands trying new state of the art equipment. But if you cant afford it like me then elaborated therapy, hard training and pain medication like Vicodin and Tramadol. If you are in a state that supports it I suggest trying Medical Marijuana in the form of both edibles and smokeables to take the edge off of training with an IM rod and screws. Happy healing everyone.

Aug 05, 2012
Help NEW
by: Debbie

I broke my tib and fib in 1998 I had a spiral fracture 4manipulations then they decided to plate my leg I have Ben in constant pain with this leg I want to run more 5 Han anything but every step I take is agony the plate is still secure but I veal it's so rigid and I have no movement in it I deal the muscles and tendons are so tightly bound around the injury if anyone can please advise any treatments u have all tried would I be any more better off if I had plate taken out ????

Aug 05, 2012
Help NEW
by: Debbie

I broke my tib and fib in 1998 I had a spiral fracture 4manipulations then they decided to plate my leg I have Ben in constant pain with this leg I want to run more 5 Han anything but every step I take is agony the plate is still secure but I veal it's so rigid and I have no movement in it I deal the muscles and tendons are so tightly bound around the injury if anyone can please advise any treatments u have all tried would I be any more better off if I had plate taken out ????

Aug 05, 2012
Help NEW
by: Debbie

I broke my tib and fib in 1998 I had a spiral fracture 4manipulations then they decided to plate my leg I have Ben in constant pain with this leg I want to run more 5 Han anything but every step I take is agony the plate is still secure but I veal it's so rigid and I have no movement in it I deal the muscles and tendons are so tightly bound around the injury if anyone can please advise any treatments u have all tried would I be any more better off if I had plate taken out ????

Jun 17, 2012
8 Months and still can;t see any light at the end of the tunnel... NEW
by: Karl

Hi, I broke my tib and fib playing football on the 30th October 2011. I was made to wait on the football pitch for 1 hour and 25 minutes until the ambulance arrived to take me to hospital. I had to wait 16 hours after my x-ray for a rod to be fitted with 4 bolts. 2 days later i developed compartment syndrome and had 2 slits put in both sides of my right leg. I kept going back for check ups and eventually the consultant it wasn't working so I had to have the operation re-done and recover again. I've now had 7 operations and need more on my foot because my toes are curling. I've been told I'll limp for the rest of my life and have complications. Does anyone think i'll ever play football properly again? If anyone wants to talk to me about their injuries and experiences email me
thornton_12@hotmail.co.uk

May 07, 2012
tib/fib fracture rec NEW
by: mike p

I just fractured mine on April 21 playing rugby. I am 37 years old and got a good break midshaft - you could tell it was broken just by looking at it on the field. I got surgery that night and a rod put in. So, I am on my third week of taking it easy and gradually putting weight on it - still using cruches and will be for a while. Looks like it will be a while for full recovery. Hopefully, most everything returns to normal or close to it.

Jan 05, 2012
Recovery options NEW
by: Pat

To all of you commenting on this page, please know we all understand each other's pain. I was in a horrific accident 2 yrs ago, when my leg got caught in a grain auger. Truthfully it is a miracle that I am hear to even speak about it, and even more of a miracle that my leg was saved. My tib/fib were basically shattered (Broke into splinters), main artery was severed, nerves damaged, major soft tissue damage. YUCKY MESS! I spent a month in the hospital, had many surgeries and procedures, skin grafting, and a year of physiotherapy and pain management. But someone was watching over me, and I managed to fight back. Looking back now there are many things that contributed to my recovery. Support of others, an excellent nutrional program designed to heal you and help you regain lost muscle,and a bone healing machine prescribed by me doctor. All of these made a huge differemce. In fact, in the first 3 months after being home from the hospital, my tib/fib was not healing at all. Once I started these other programs , it healed in 3 months. I was overjoyed!!! I am not sure if I can post websites on this comment post, so if you want some information you can just email me. pgg_LL@hotmail.com

I am happy to share this info. It is important to reach out to others. That's how I found these solutions, and they WORKED!!!!
Recovery takes work and time, but you will get there, but you must be proactive and do whatever you can to get there fast, so you can get your life back!! Wishing all of you the best!

Jan 05, 2012
Motocross Accident NEW
by: Marie

My son broke his tib and fib while riding his dirt bike. He came up short on a jump and the bike landed on top of his leg. This happened on 09/24/2011 (funny how you remember dates of things like this). He had surgery to correct the break and remove some excess bone fragments. The Dr. put him in one of those walking casts due to it being a compound fracture. He spent 2 months no pressure on his leg walking with crutches and then the next month walking with just the cast. The Dr. gave us the okay to remove the cast at the end of Dec. My main concern now is he does still have pain in his leg and is walking with a limp. I know that this will take time to heal, but my son would like to start doing some excercises, not sure what to have him start doing. Dr. did not recommend theraphy due to his age (he just turned 11), but my son is looking to get back to riding his dirtbike before the season starts in March. Any suggestions on what excercises would be the best for him to start strengthening his leg?
Thanks -

Dec 29, 2011
Fib/tib break NEW
by: Mike

Hey im 27 very fit male who was playing in the liffl football. I got hit from 3 different ppl at the same exact time and vroke my fib and tib around 4 inches from my ankle. My leg was on a 90 degree angle. I went to the hospitsl LIJ in syosset (by the way if u have a choice the dr n nurses were the best n nicest ever) they did surgery 10 hours after i went there and they put the rod in my tib and 2 screws at the bottom and 1 screw at the top. The fib is aligned alittle off but he said no rod was needed. After surgery i went home with a soft cast n was helpless for 3 weeks. After swelling webt down he put me in a hard cast so i can start PT on straightening my knee. My knee has fluid in it n hurts alittle but the most pain i have is where he put the bottom screws. I tuff it out alot I get my cast off monday which will b the 6th week n hd said ill b put into a boot. N i csn start with 10 percent of weight bearing. I lost 12 inches off my left quad from not using it. I feel wen i get this boot ill b tempted to walk befire they tell me to despite the pain. Any suggestions of ill ever play again or if my knee will ever get rid if the sharp pains? I have pic of xrays so ppl can relate

Nov 17, 2011
TIB/FIB
by: NFlyer23

On September 30th I had a pretty clean complete tib fib fracture in my football game. I'm 17. I had a rod inserted and screwed in. My doctor told me no weight bearing for 8 weeks at least. I go back November 30th to probably get news that I can do some assisted walking and physical therapy I probably wont walk on my own until mid December. He also mentioned that my basketball career is also ended due to the usual 6 month recovery time. That's about all I have on the subject.

Apr 17, 2011
frustrated
by: Anonymous

I fell while skating on feb 28 7 weeks ago got rod and screws on mar 1. I am doing great but confused at times with what I read. My doc has let me put no pressure on my leg says maybe next week. I have had no cast or boots. I have walked with cruthes since surgery. Why do some people get rod and cast and why no use of leg for so longs

Apr 01, 2011
Several Years Later
by: hall312

I broke my (spiral break) Tib and Fib, and rolled up my achilles tendon about ten years ago. I required 3 surgeries and several months of post cast rehab, in all about 5 months of recovery time. Since then I have had pain with the leg on and off but no major issues until a week ago. While training for a 12K (not a long run) I injured the ankle again. Currently waiting on MRI results and in a walking boot.

At the risk of sounding negative, this injury has plagued me since the last doctors appointment ten years ago. It's not only the pain that I have had after physical activity, it the lack of motion in the morning, the limping after a good run, and the out of nowhere give out.

Those who have recently suffered the injury, the truth is it sucks forever. You will just have to deal with the issues that come with this injury. Don't let any of the doctors make you feel like this is routine and not a big deal. Keep your head up, its tough but you will get through it!

Feb 01, 2011
compartment syndrom
by: Anonymous

for all of you who have questions about compartment syndrome, it does get better. i had 7 surgeries in 10 days due to compartment syndrome after a tib/fib compound fracture while playing ultimate frisbee. i can walk fine now, and will be returning to ultimate frisbee soon

Feb 01, 2011
Fractured tibia and fibula
by: Emmo

Im 34 and play a lot of soccer! I fractured my tibia and fibula on nov 7th 2010. After 2 days in hospital I had my operation, titanium rod and 4 screws later. It's been nearly 12 weeks now and I'm walking with no crutches and no boot and just a little pain! To help with my recovery I do yoga every other day. It helps strengthen all your body. My problem is my leg still swells up. Does anyone know how long the swelling lasts? And what complications would I have if I left the rod and screws in permanently.thanks

Jan 05, 2011
MY TIB FIB FRACTURE
by: Anonymous

I broke my tib/fib 2/26/09 was out of work for 3 mo. should have been longer but came back to keep my insurance up. I am on my feet most of the day so is it unreasonable tp take 1 lortab before the start of my walking / physical part of the day? Thats all I take.

Nov 23, 2010
Time for rod & nails or screws to come out
by: tonyv

I wrote in earlier this year regarding the removal of the affixiation in my right fib & tib. Well I went to see my surgeon and he is most happy and obliged to take the screws and rod out for me well at least have an attempt as they have been in there for a very long time. I cannot wait though I feel on top of the world just knowing that the taste of metal is going to be removed from my body for the rest of my life. THANKYOU GOD.

Nov 23, 2010
Time for rod & nails or screws to come out
by: tonyv

I wrote in earlier this year regarding the removal of the affixiation in my right fib & tib. Well I went to see my surgeon and he is most happy and obliged to take the screws and rod out for me well at least have an attempt as they have been in there for a very long time. I cannot wait though I feel on top of the world just knowing that the taste of metal is going to be removed from my body for the rest of my life. THANKYOU GOD.

Oct 14, 2010
Fractured Tib-Fib plus compartment syndrome
by: David Reinhardt

WOW TALK ABOUT PAIN!!!!

On 2/12/2010 I slipped on ice and sufered communited fracture of the tibia/fibula and broke my ankle. WIthin hours in the hospital the surgeon told me I had developed compartment syndrome and emergency surgery was needed to save the leg. I had a fasciotomy and open reduction, external fixation. I spent 37 days in the hospital and had a total of 9 surgical procedures. It is now 8 months later and I am walking with crutches at 50 percent weight bearing on the affected leg. The pain is still awful and I continue to require narcotic pain medication.

My question is of a legal rather than a medical nature. Liability for this accident rests squarely on the shoulders of the property owners who did not clean the walkway for 2 full days.

I have lost 8 months wages, experienced severe horrific scarring (from the fasciotomy and necessary skin grafts) and a loss of enjoyment of life not to mention extreeme pain for 8 full months now.

Anyone have any experience with this type of injury and lawsuits?

Oct 14, 2010
Fractured Tib-Fib plus compartment syndrome
by: David Reinhardt

WOW TALK ABOUT PAIN!!!!

On 2/12/2010 I slipped on ice and sufered communited fracture of the tibia/fibula and broke my ankle. WIthin hours in the hospital the surgeon told me I had developed compartment syndrome and emergency surgery was needed to save the leg. I had a fasciotomy and open reduction, external fixation. I spent 37 days in the hospital and had a total of 9 surgical procedures. It is now 8 months later and I am walking with crutches at 50 percent weight bearing on the affected leg. The pain is still awful and I continue to require narcotic pain medication.

My question is of a legal rather than a medical nature. Liability for this accident rests squarely on the shoulders of the property owners who did not clean the walkway for 2 full days.

I have lost 8 months wages, experienced severe horrific scarring (from the fasciotomy and necessary skin grafts) and a loss of enjoyment of life not to mention extreeme pain for 8 full months now.

Anyone have any experience with this type of injury and lawsuits?

Oct 13, 2010
Tib and Fib Compound Fracture
by: CGW WOJO

On 7-9-10 (my birthday was 7-8 I turned 51) my right leg about 4” above my ankle got a compound fracture to both bones from falling with my right foot stuck between a curb and truck tire. Fortunately the tendons and nerves were not torn. My foot was hanging from the skin. The next day an Orthopedic Surgeon placed a rod from my knee to my ankle with 2 screws at the top and bottom. I was in the hospital for 2 ½ days. On day 2 I was given a boot and PT to teach me how to walk on it and climb steps. When I got home I lived on the couch most of the day (in the northeast summer what a bummer) with my foot raised on a foot stool using ice constantly. Swelling occurs with my foot lowered. I had to adjust the boot and used it when ever I had to walk. At night I could walk up steps slowly one step at a time to sleep on the second floor. I ingested 200 percocets to reduce the pain.

I started going back to the gym at 5 weeks riding the stationary bike and working my upper body. PT had me doing stretching exercises to my foot and moving my knee so they wouldn’t get stiff. I returned to work after 6 weeks driving to work on light duty using 2 crutches. About 8 weeks I used one crutch to walk around sometimes using a cane to assist the crutch.

I do PT on at the gym and at home. I do leg lifts, push downs, and squats on my right leg. I ride my bike about 10 miles a ride on a tow path where no cars are. I stretch my legs using standard biking and runner’s techniques.

It’s been 14 weeks now and I still feel some pain. My foot still swells up but I can leave it on the floor for hours. We had 3 days of rain starting 10-10 and I could not withstand the pain in my knee. On 10-13 most of my knee pain was gone and I could withstand the pain on my leg? Must have been the low air pressure this was the first I have had this happen.
I would suggest following the PT above and be patient not pushing it to the limit. Recovery time I expect will be 6 months to a year.

I hope you heal well.

CGW WOJO



Oct 03, 2010
Hi Katie
by: Pat

I was reading your comments about the pain above the screws in your ankle. It has been a year since my tib/fib break, so I am well on the mend, but I still have some pain around the break site and swelling because of tissue injuries that are still recovering. A couple of months ago I had what I believe is the same bone pain you were talking about. It was hard for me to figure out if it was muscle, bone, or nerve pain. But it made me limp really bad from the pressure there. The doctor said at that time that it was too early to consider taking any plates out. To me it felt almost like torn muscles??? I think now that it was weak muscles trying to do alot of work, because I was doing alot more weight bearing. So I worked hard at strengthening my leg and ankle muscles and it did go away. A friend of mine with the same tib/fib break did have all of her plates taken out, because her limp never went away. She told me it was the best thing she ever did. I guess every body is different and so are the breaks. The best thing is to let your body tell you.These tib/fib injuries do take their sweet time that is for sure. Thank goodness our bodies heal. I decided early on that I was going to do everything I could to come out of this injury normal or better, and hopefully stronger. So i exercise alot and use a very good high quality nutritional program. My doctor was very impressed with it. It gave my body what it needed while I was recovering.Along with healthy eating & exercise this program gives you more minerals & nutrients to give you the best possible health for recovery . If you want to learn about it you can email me at pgg_LL@hotmail.com and I can send you some information. As painful as exercise can be with an injury like this, it really does pay off in the end. Just don't over do it and risk injurying yourself more. Wishing you the best!! Pat

Oct 03, 2010
broken right fib & tib.
by: tony v

i am 34 years of age and i broke my right fib and tib when i was young. i had a titanium rod put in it and i still have it now. i am just wondering if it is possible if i could have the rod removed? i went to a fracture clinic in torquay and they said that they could take it out for me but when i went to the fractureclinic where i had the surgery done they said that it could never be removed. please help me out as this is troubling me alot. also when i kneel down sometimes i get a sharp pain on my right shin which might mean that the titanium rod may want to come out. true or false? i was also stupid in the summer of 2010 and played footbal with a gang of lads which is absouloutley forbidden now my foot keeps feeling like its swelling. could you please give me some sound advice. thanks. ps DO NOT PLAY FOOTBALL ON IT YOU WILL REGRET IT.

Jul 28, 2010
Tib/Fib Break on Sand
by: Katie

Hey there!

I really appreciate everyones comments as it makes me feel so much less alone! I sustained a tib/fib fracture in my right leg on Father's Day weekend while walking on sand in new sandals! (About four inches above my ankle, which seems to be pretty popular). NOTE: Be extra careful when walking on sand, its just as dangerous as ice!
I had a metal rod implanted in my tibia with two screws at my ankle and one at the knee. The surgeon said that the fibula straightened itself out when the rod was placed. Its been a little over five weeks and I have been given clearance to weight bare (at 50%) on Sunday!! Patience is running thin and my DVR is running out of re-runs to keep me occupied.
I started PT this week in order to get my flexibility back in my foot. They have great exercises for you to do at home as well as in the office, so I would recommend at least consulting with one post-surgery/injury (its worth the co-pay!). I have been noticing some pain right above the inside screw in my ankle that feels like bone pain. I am not sure if this is some muscle being worked during PT or if this will be chronic pain from the break. Anyone else have this type of pain? Thanks for any thoughts!

-Katie

Jun 26, 2010
Five months post tib/fib fracture
by: Diane

On 2-19-10 I broke my tibia and fibula each in two places by climbing over a snowbank instead of walking around it! After having ORIF to repair the tibia(rod and 4 screws) I spent one week in the hospital then one in a step-down/rehab unit before going home. The doctors and nurses everywhere I went said the x-rays showed the worst break they had ever seen, very spectacular; so I told them since I waited 52 years to break any bones I guess I wanted to do it right! Anyway, I just want to let everyone know there is light at the end of the tunnel. I was back at work (desk job) after 8 weeks and driving at 12 weeks. My leg still swells and is painful but is getting better every day. I know I still have to be careful for another few months since the fibula is not healed and the fracture in the tibia near the knee is not completely healed. I only had home PT at the beginning but kept the muscles of the leg strong all along and that really helped when it was time to bear weight on my leg. Good luck to everyone and it will get better, listen to your doctors and don't be in too much of a hurry! Take time to heal!

Jun 10, 2010
road to recovery!!
by: Anonymous

Hello Anonymous

I read your recent post. I do not know anything about compartment syndrome but I have experienced severe nerve pain. Last Sept I was in an accident with a machine almost tore my foot off. After 3 surgeries of rebuilding they saved it. However the injuries were difficult. I, like you broke my tib/fib completely off, cut the main artery to my foot and damaged alot of tissues and nerves. Nerve pain is unlike anything I have experienced in my life. I have heard of people having nerve pain just with breaks.
I am not a doctor, so I don't have the answers but I do know that nerves do regenerate over time. It is hard to even explain the pain to my doctors. So I healed myself the best way I could, with a high quality nutritional program and a machine to help my tib/fib heal faster. If you would like info on this please feel free to email me at pgg_LL@hotmail.com I couldn't believe how much it helped. My doctor was very pleased. I will show you where to learn about this as I am not sure I can post it on this site. I wish you well, take care
Pat


Jun 03, 2010
Broken tib/fib playing ultimate
by: Anonymous

Someone ran into my when I was playing ultimate frisbee, and both my right tibia and fibula broke. I got two titanium rods in my tibia the next day, and it got alligned perfectly, along with my fibula without rods. The next day, I developed compartment syndrome, which is basically when there is so much pressure in your leg that it starts dying. The doctors said it was the worst pain I would ever pail. I proceded to the OR, and they made two deep incisions along both sides of my right leg. They couldn't close them immidiately, so i was in the hospital with bad pain with an open leg for a couple of days. They were eventually closed after metal hooks pulled the skin together. I am now home, struggling to get places on crouches. I sleep and the third floor, and to make matters worse,i cannot feel the bottom of my foot due to nerve damage. This is extremely uncomfortable. Has anyone else either had this nerve damage or compartment syndrome? It has been around 2 weeks since the fracture and a week since the compartemnt syndrome. My leg still hurts very much, and I am extremely uncomfortable.

Apr 02, 2010
Tib / Fib Fracture
by: mtnbikej

I broke my Tib(2 breaks) / Fib about 4 inches above my right ankle on Jan. 2, 2010 while riding my mountain bike. In addition the foot was dislocated back approx. 3/4 -1". I waited 12 days for surgery due to the swelling. Took 2 plates and 14 screws. Spent 2 weeks after surgery in splint, 4 weeks in cast, 4 weeks in walking boot that I cannot walk in, and now 4 weeks beginning to bare weight. I expect to be given clearnce to resume normal activites when I go back mid April. Fib fracture can no longer be seen in the Xray. The Tib fracture is a very very faint line.

I was told 10-12 weeks originally, looks like it will end up being 14 weeks. I began my own PT when I had the cast removed, but I still don't have all my range of motion back yet.

Jan 26, 2010
Car Wreck
by: bibb

the bottom part of my leg was mad to be and accordian with tib fib and plate at knee with 6 screws and 6 more with rod down the leg I am concerned about the limp I am at the 3 month stage walking but with some pain I feel like the bad leg is not straight. does anyone have any help will I continue to get better? The Dr says that my recovery has been amazing. I had a Hummer sit in my lap on top of my Minivan. Nearly died the first week but I have pulled out

Jan 21, 2010
Severe tib/fib and tissue damage.
by: Pat

In Sept of 2009 I was in a horrible farm accident. I broke my tib/fib bones completely off and experienced sever tissue damage. The bones wer pinned and screwed to hold them in place.I severed a major artery and bruised the tibial nerve. It has been a tough road mostly becasue of the nerve pain which is constant. It is now the end of Jan and am finally feeling better. The pain has improved somewhat, and have more mobility and have been putting slight weight on the bottom of my foot. Due to the nerve damage I do not have full feeling in my foot. Unfortunatley Jan 20 when returning to the doctor I was informed from reviewing the Xray that the bone is not healing. I am concerned that there is too much of a gap between the bones. It has been just short of 4 months and the doc had hoped to see more improvement. And so did I. I have always focused on the graft site where the tissue damage was. Now I am concerned that the bone won't heal. Does anyone have any experience with bone grafts because that is what was talked about if it does not heal. I have been doing everything nutritionally and exercising what I can tolerate. Apparently this type of break can take 5 months I am very concerned . But hold faith that the healing will come as I weight bear more. Any one with inspiration would be appreciated Thanks

Jan 14, 2010
tib / fib fracture
by: omair

hi
my name is Captain omair i am from Pakistan. I am an Officer in Pakistan army.
Last year on 20 June 2010 i had a road bike accident. I got my right leg fractured just 4 or 5 inches over my ankle, and tibia was divided in three pieces. i was evacuated to the military hospital there i got operated. The doctor applied an external fixature to my leg. There i remained admitted for two months. But when i used to see my x ray with those applied fixature it always gave me a shattered confidence because there was huge gaps between fractured bones and bones were not alligned aswell. During these two months i got my wounds healed but i consulted to another private doctor he suggested me that this is an old technique which has been applied to your leg, and suggested me to have an operation and place a steel chrome plate with 7 screws in my leg so i had undergone that operation on 22 August 2009 he removed that external fixatre and got a piece of bone from my hip and placed that bone paste over my fractured bone.
now its about to complete 5 month after second operation still i have not started weight bearing on my leg but i use clutches. Due to not moving my foot, my ankle is also stiff. Now doctor has advised me for physiotherapy rehab and daily i am doing with emp and infra red. some times i feel pain in my ankle and my ankle get swell when i sit with my foot touching the ground.
i dont know will i be able to be walk run like a normal man? and to be physicallly fit as it is requirement of military profession. i miss my all sports riding swiming etc.
thank u.

Jan 11, 2010
open tib/fib fracture
by: Jacqui

My fall was 6 months ago.
I broke it 4 inches above my ankle ( not 44 as i miss typed earlier)
I'm now back at work full time.
Walking with a very slight limp.
If anything i have gained more fexibility and movement in that leg than my good leg.
But it's still painful mainly in my knee, going up and down stairs and i can't kneel down without alot of pain.
I still have the rod and 4 screws and it often throbs aroud the fracture site.
But apart from kneeling and runnine i can do everything i could to before.
I'm not expecting it not to hurt, and thats lucky, because it does!
Good luck to all.

Dec 17, 2009
elite athlete
by: Andrea Ratkovic

I was hit on my bike in May of this year sustaining 16 fractures in my left leg, back, ribs, scapula, and clavicle. I have a rod in my lower left leg with 2 screws distally and 4 proximally. Unfortunately, I'll be having another surgery in Jan. of 2010 b/c I have non-union fractures. I haven't pushed myself too hard and have done everything I've been told. The tibia has a low blood supply, and I sustained extensive nerve/soft tissue damage, so some of the gaps in my fracture sight mid-shaft aren't closing.
In Jan. they are removing this rod, reaming out the intramedullary canal, taking bone from my hip, inserting that bone into my tibia, and then inserting a bigger rod sans the screws.
I miss riding and running sooooooooooooooo much, but I know this is something that I have no control over which is very frustrating at times. It pains me not to be outside doing what I love.

Dec 16, 2009
thank you
by: bgreene

Thank you all for your comments. They have helped me in my recovery.
I am a 40 year-old man and an avid outdoor enthusiast. I was struck by a car while riding my bike in mid-August 2009 in a major metropolitan area. My orthopedist was able to manipulate the bone 5 weeks after the accident. I was glad not to have surgery. When pressed, the orthopedist noted two things: 1) he always prefers not to do surgery when possible. The less evasive, the less chance for infection, the better. 2) if I were to have surgery, ie. screws and rods inserted, because of my physical activity, there was no guarantee that 20 year or so later there would not be a need for more surgeries. This could be from the screws loosening and the rod pushing up into the knee.
As of this third week of December 2009, I am still in a cast and hopeful that the orthopedist will give me an early Christmas present when I see him on the 23rd.
Patience is very important. Having a good, loving family and support network that will help out with everything is a must. Sit back and enjoy the resting time. Calcium is your new best friend. Calcium Citrate is supposed to be absorbed better by the body than Calcium Carbonate. And remember when your mother said drink your milk, do that!
I wish you all well in your healing.

Dec 08, 2009
I hope he is better
by: Anonymous

When recovering, many months after the fact, the boot became unbearable. There is a splint that works well~ it protects the leg, gives you confidence, but still adds stability.

Nov 17, 2009
Tib and Fib fracture
by: Anonymous

I broke my tib and fib in March, 2009. 8 months later and three surgeries later I still struggle to run or walk without a slight limp. I feel sharp burning sensations at random times over my shin. I have improved tremendously from the accident. But I wonder if the pain really EVER goes away? I have the rod left in my leg but I had the 4 screws removed. I was hoping that would give me more flexibility in my ankle and foot. My big toe still doesn't move all the way up the way the good one does. I wonder if there is some type of nerve damage as well. My Doc continues to be positive and believes this will all be better soon.. To me 8 months seems like a long time!
Not a fun process to go through! I wish everybody else lots of luck with their healing process!

Nov 03, 2009
tib fib frac
by: Anonymous

Had a Tib Fib Fracture on April 8, 2009 and had a rod and 2 screws surgically place in on April 10, 2009. I was able to put weight on it about a month after and was able to walk on it 2 months after surgery. It has been 7 months since the surgery and I am able to do everything I could. My first time squating weights since the accident I was ablet to squat 275lbs. If you are able to have a rod placed in to fix the fracture, get the surgery it is the best and fastest way t recovery.

Oct 26, 2009
Patience!!
by: Anonymous

Number 1...patience!! He is young so let that work in his favor. Don't rush the process and pay attention to the long term situation. First, the alignment of tib/fib and how well the bones 'sit' in the cradle of the ankle. The gap throughout the ankle joint is hopefully even - which means the surgeon did an outstanding job of engineering the pieces to allow normal movement. 2nd, teh leg length - did we lose any bone that shortens the leg? Have measurements done and, if there is a leg length discrepency it needs to be addressed with an orthotic device in the shoe. If not - hooray again!
Recovery - weight bearing can accelerate the healing of the bone, but, if the bone is not ready to bear the increased weight, you will damage the healing area and greatly stunt the process. Be patient - minimal weight please - a few extra weeks now can mean an extra year if you screw it up. PT - not a big deal. it's all about the bone healing and the blood flow to the bone for future sustanance and strangth. PT is for old people who have forgotten how to move. He's young and vigorous and you'll probably have more trouble keeping him reined in.
So what is the prognosis. It all depends on how much live bone is available, how much good blood flow will nourish the area, how well the muscle tendon connections are still able to do their job.
How do I know? after 52 marathons I broke my fib/tib compound and nasty. I figured I was a superior athlete and I could accelerate the healing because I was an athlete and tough. Wrong. After 6 years I have just now been able to run - really run. Its all good. BUt I know that if I had had more patience and common sense I could have been at this point 3 years ago - instesad I broke the leg 2 more times by being too agressive and also broke my foot in two place because it wasn't ready to do that kind of work. But I have enjoyed the challenge to use what great doctors have given to me - my leg, not a prosthetic.
Patience - what is an extra couple of days or weeks now when it can mean a full return to health eventually.
Do great things and remember to help others.

Oct 12, 2009
tib fib april 09 snowdon fall
by: ian flan

broke my tib fib april 13th 2009 im nail can now lift weights ie squat 40kg run just but getting better every week and can walk limp and pain free for mile ie 2 days ago i walked up snowdon llanberis path no probs still get a little swelling but doing well age 39

Oct 10, 2009
tib\ fib
by: OUCH

I broke my tib and shatered my fib. The tib has a six inch long diagnal break looks like someone took a scoop out of it. And the fib just above ankle apx twelve breaks. I am in physical therapy and wouldnt think about not going. Have just been cleared to start putting gradual weight on it and try to add more daily. I cant believe the pain but I just keep trying. Two screws just at ankle and one by knee. Some of the swelling has gone but when leg is down it just goes like a ballon. I have a boot almost to the knee and it is to much for me to handle. I to leave it off as much as possible the more freedom the better. Just have to be extremly careful. One slip. Could be well we all know. I am fourty six and only hope I could jog or climb I will keep trying. I guess it's true mind over matter does help but yes two forward one back does seem to be true. I wish everyone the best with their legs. And the information you post.

Sep 02, 2009
Open tib tib fracture
by: Jacqui

I fell on 25/08/09 and broke my leg 44 inches above the ankle. I have a rod from knee to ankle and 2 screws at each end.
I strated 30% weight bearing on week 4 and now beginning week 6 have pain on the fracture site when walking and pain in my knee.
I've stumbled a couple of times and put all my weight on my bad leg, that really hurts, i have no walking boot , or any other protection.
I too find it's 2 steps forward and 1 step back, but most of all over doing it one day means paying for it for a couple of days after.
My scars are healing great, but feel very tight at times.
I had X rays on week 5 and i wasn't impressed as it still looked totally broken!
But i'd like to know when i'll be able to walk without crutches!

Sep 02, 2009
Open tib tib fracture
by: Jacqui

I fell on 25/08/09 and broke my leg 44 inches above the ankle. I have a rod from knee to ankle and 2 screws at each end.
I strated 30% weight bearing on week 4 and now beginning week 6 have pain on the fracture site when walking and pain in my knee.
I've stumbled a couple of times and put all my weight on my bad leg, that really hurts, i have no walking boot , or any other protection.
I too find it's 2 steps forward and 1 step back, but most of all over doing it one day means paying for it for a couple of days after.
My scars are healing great, but feel very tight at times.
I had X rays on week 5 and i wasn't impressed as it still looked totally broken!
But i'd like to know when i'll be able to walk without crutches!

Aug 19, 2009
how long does the pain last?
by: lynn

i had a medial malleous fracture on left ankle after a tornado blew down our house and the wall fell on my ankle..thank God no worse...anyway 16 weeks out of ORIF surgery with 2 screws...still limp pretty bad...pain most of the time...went to pt for 6 weeks tht did help with rom but sometimes it is depressing thinking it will never get any better...have to weigh my steps out..like well if i go shopping.. i can go to this store but not that one...anyway..i am thankful to be alive. i am a very heavy person anyway, and im sure that makes it worse..but now walking is hard to do anyway, without doing it for weight loss..having lots of pain today...i guess i feel like i should be further along by now...any thoughts or comments? please undestand i am very thankful to be alive and not trying to sound like "woe is me".

Aug 01, 2009
Tib/Fib fracture recovery
by: Mel

I fell of my bike in February 2008, my docotor said it was one of the worst breaks he and his partners had ever seen. Comforting information. After recovering from five surgeries and MRSA I was able to walk and drive after six months. I had PT along the way to helf with my flexibility and range of motion, eventually moving up to strength training to help with my limp. One of the greatest things I did was start going to yoga. It helped with my hips tremendously since one leg is now shorter. Yoga also helped with my upper body strength and tech me relaxation techniques when I became frustrated with my recovery and those occassional pains that come out of no where. Good luck to all!

Jul 27, 2009
Tib/Fib Fracture
by: Rick

Thanks for all the great info and encouragement on healing from a tib/fib fracture. Like most of you, i broke mine fathers day evening (what a fathers day present) from a fall down some stairs. Had the titanium rod-screws etc. Its only been 5 weeks for me. Im way ahead of schedule. Doc said xrays looked great and i could start putting pressure on it which i gladly did. SO far, im making good progress. I know im just gettign back on my feet, but i was concerned about the limp (wondering if it would eventually go away). I too opted not to do PT for the same reasons as Amber mentioned but thought maybe i should to aviod having a permanent limp. After reading everyones comments, i think im just going to be patient and rehab on my own. Anyone have any other suggestions on specific exercises that work well? Thanks!

Jul 21, 2009
Keep your chin up
by: Amber

I broke my Tib/Fib about two inches below my knee on November 9th. I also had the titanium rod inserted. I had an open cast for two weeks and then got my walking boot (Christmas came early!). The first 6 weeks with no weight-bearing privlages was pretty miserable. IT GETS EASIER! The boot came up to my knee. I hear you about the boot being heavy and uncomfortable. The doctor told me that the boot's main purpose is to protect the leg. He said that it was fine for me to take it off if I was in a stable environment. I wouldn't think that school environments are very stable, so I'm not sure on what to suggest with that. By now, I'm sure your son is on summer break and hopefully better. I'm in my mid-20s, so at home and at work, I could take it off. I quit wearing my boot in mid-January, so after about 2 months.

To help with the swelling, I was told to elevate as often as possible. That obviously helps. I also tried some support hosery. Massage helps too. If you can con someone to massage it for you, it's even better;)

I opted not to go to physical therapy. Seeing as though it wasn't a joint injury, you're basically just pushing yourself to get your strength back. I liked working on the elliptical. It's a nice, low-impact option which you can get your heartrate up on. My doctor just kept telling me to listen to your body. You'll know good pain from bad pain. If it's bad pain, don't do it! The limp goes away slowly, but surly! I can't remember what month it went away, but I want to guess February/March, so month 3/4.

I'm at month 9 and am in a slump with getting back to running:( I can jog for about 5 minutes max, but then I feel it for a few days. Like with the rest of my recovery, I'm goint to try to be patient. The screw by my ankle seems to be irritated when I jog/run. I'm assuming it's because my range of motion is larger then, than when just walking. Again, just another hurdle to overcome.

I agree to push yourself, but make sure you don't push too much or you're going to take many steps backward.

For the scars, I've been applying Vitamin E to the scars, and they seemed to lighten up significantly. I'll never be a leg model (not that I was aspiring to be one), but at least I don't get weird looks when I wear shorts.

May 09, 2009
I feel your pain!
by: Anonymous

i sustained a tib/fib fracture in 3 places on 1/29/09 and was given a walking boot on 5/1/09 and was told to put 50% weight on it. The fracture site is not painful but the tendons/ankle toes and foot swell if i am on it too much.

I am trying to rest it as much as possible, but I am a mom with three kids and well...there is not alot of time to rest it!

Good luck! A longer boot might work better! But i would check with your doctor!

Apr 29, 2009
i broke my tib fib dec 1309..
by: Anonymous

i broke my tib fib dec 13 08 and today is apr 28 09 - i broke it clear thru and got the titanium rod implant. i have been able to walk now without the boot and without crutches or a cane and im getting rid of the limp i have day by day. i heard from a friend (who is also an avid rock climber like myself) that did the same thing skateboarding and got the same implant that he was able to run again and even climb better than ever again after only about 10 months! i am at almost month 5 and i will be glad to run by 6 or 8 months - ive already climbed but not anywhere near as hard as i could before and it was on a safe top rope theres no way i could handle a bouldering fall -yet. i think everyones injurys are different but it is also good to listen to your body and rest if needed but also push through the pain if needed and get back to your daily routine wheter the leg feels ready or not - try it out in small steps and if it hurts a lot ease of - if it hurts a little then comes back better - then keep pushing it. my leg seemed to get better in levels like 2 steps forward and then 1 painful swollen step back and eventually 3 steps forward and only one small soe step back (thats where im at now) - keep it up - and seriously try (if your common sense agrees) other types of rehab/cross training; ive been bike riding a lot and doing a bit of easy climbing in the climbing gym on a safe topr rope - its low impact but high energy and a good calf workout - thats the last tip i have; do toe ups/calf raises with the good leg as a backup - it s the best single exercise i could find for my calf and tib/fib rehab.

Jan 21, 2009
walking boot
by: Bart - SII

unfortunately, I do not know of anything better at this point than the walking boot. He may have less pain and pulling if he was in a tall boot that came up over the fracture site, but it would still be heavy. Something to discuss with your doctor - the fact that he is still having pain and that the boot seems to make it worse.

Bart

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