weight bearing on a broken fibula with no surgery

Hi, I broke my fibula two months ago by falling hard on my left foot. At first I was just treated with a transact and was sent home with painkillers as they could not see a fracture.

I was only told a month later that I had a broken fibula and was then put in a cast. It's been 6 weeks now and I am still in a cast, did not require surgey and my O/S tells me that I can put FWB on it. I have tried to but it feels as if the bone has moved or something and it hurts alot. I have told him about this but he insists that I am not damaging anything at all.

So do I continue trying to walk on it or must I not. And how much longer do I have to be in this cast?

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Nov 27, 2014
Help ! :S NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi I bs sped my fibula bf tibia in half while playing football I have had it looked at in great detail and I'm only 15 so I chose to not have and pins or plates put in my leg so they have put my leg in a cast that comes up to my thigh and they said they would give it 6 weeks and if the bone had moved then I need the pins and stuff like that I'm extremely nervous that I have moved my bone Ive had a couple of falls and stumbled and accidentally applied some weight to it which I was told not to does anyone know how well the cast will keep my bone in place and if any weight applied will cause the bone to move or am I being to worried :S

Nov 27, 2014
Help ! :S NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi I bs sped my fibula bf tibia in half while playing football I have had it looked at in great detail and I'm only 15 so I chose to not have and pins or plates put in my leg so they have put my leg in a cast that comes up to my thigh and they said they would give it 6 weeks and if the bone had moved then I need the pins and stuff like that I'm extremely nervous that I have moved my bone Ive had a couple of falls and stumbled and accidentally applied some weight to it which I was told not to does anyone know how well the cast will keep my bone in place and if any weight applied will cause the bone to move or am I being to worried :S

Oct 11, 2014
broke both legs above the ankle NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi 🙋 I broke both my legs above the ankles. I'm meant to get my casts off in 3 days. But I woke up dis morning and my right leg were the break Is is really badly sore and I cant move my leg with out bad pain. Is this normal?

Oct 07, 2014
I don't know what to do NEW
by: Anonymous

Hello, last Monday I fell in the woods, and my ankle cracked. I fear I have broken it again, the last time being about 2 years ago. I can still drive and walk, but having got the initial swelling down, which was at the right handside where the end of the fibula is, I experienced new swelling yesterday at the front of the ankle, having perhaps walked a little too much in the afternoon. I really don't want an xray as they may want to cast it, and I will lose my independence for so long. Will any small break fracture heal without attention, or am I risking further damage and can it affect blood vessels etc?. I just need some advice really. Thank you.

Oct 07, 2014
I don't know what to do NEW
by: Anonymous

Hello, last Monday I fell in the woods, and my ankle cracked. I fear I have broken it again, the last time being about 2 years ago. I can still drive and walk, but having got the initial swelling down, which was at the right handside where the end of the fibula is, I experienced new swelling yesterday at the front of the ankle, having perhaps walked a little too much in the afternoon. I really don't want an xray as they may want to cast it, and I will lose my independence for so long. Will any small break fracture heal without attention, or am I risking further damage and can it affect blood vessels etc?. I just need some advice really. Thank you.

Sep 17, 2014
Experience NEW
by: Anonymous

I broke my fibula/ankle at the end of July where I fell off a friends horse and landed on my ankle. I felt it crack when I landed and immediately knew i had broken it. I got to A&E with an extremely swollen and painful ankle and was in lots of shock and was still shaking and shivering. I spent four hours in A&E and was to allowed to eat as they weren't sure if I needed an operation. I had a back slab put on and they kept me in overnight to check it's progress. I had it xrayed at least four times while I was in hospital. The next morning the trauma team decided they didn't want to operate as luckily my ankle wasn't displaced. But they needed to keep an eye on it over the next few weeks as it was possible for it to displace. I had to keep it elevated and it took two weeks for the swelling to go down. After a week I fell on it (luckily it was all ok as it was stable) and I had my fibre glass cast put on. It's now been 7 amd a half weeks since I broke it and I get my cast off tomorrow. Since four weeks I've been allowed to put some weight on it, but I've chosen not to unless I'm at home. But it's completely painless now, the swelling has gone down. I've fallen on it at least five times and all those times it's been ok amd no op was needed! So do put some weight on it if you can, but I recommend using crutches as otherwise it can be extremely difficult and sometimes painful. And the first few times I did put weight on it it felt horrible where the break was, but the feeling does go!

Sep 05, 2014
Distal Fibular Fracture NEW
by: Anonymous

I fractured my fibula Juky 17th. I tripped and landed on my knee. My leg got stuck under me and rotated outwards. When I heard the loud crunch, I knew it wasn't good! I'm 43 a have a nondisplaced oblique spiral fracture. At least I didn't need surgery. I'm 7 weeks post fall. It's been a long adventure, and very depressing initially, especially since it happened over summer and I have two younger children. Here's how my progress has been going. At weeks 1 and. 2, my ankle looked like a watermelon and turned purple and black. Around week 2 when I dropped my leg down, the blood rushed and my foot throbbed until I immediately got it elevated again. Week 3 I just kept elevating it and sat with the lovely boot on. My doctor said I didn't need to sleep with the boot on, so I never did. For the first 4 weeks, I didn't sleep soundly because I was afraid I would move it funny. By week 4, it felt like things were pulling inside whenever I tried to move it with the boot on. By week 4 I also stopped wearing the boot when I was just sitting elevating it. I put it back on when I had to crutch around. By week 4 1/2 to 5, I was able to bear weight with crutches. Crutches are the biggest pain and I couldn't wait to get rid of them! I was also putting my foot down lightly and sometimes wrapped it with an ace. This helped ease me at night too. At my 5 1/2 almost 6 week appointment, I was told I could ditch the crutches and start bearing weight to stimulate new bone growth. I was also told I didn't need to wear the boot in the house but could if it hurt. The hardest part has been bearing full weight after 5 1/2 weeks of immobilization. The muscles have been killing me from not being used. It doesn't help that when you initially begin to walk, you tend to favor the hurt side and don't use the muscles properly. I'm now at 7 weeks and never wear the boot in the house, only outside. My muscles are finally loosening. I need the boot for 2 more weeks when I go outside. I initially started driving with the boot on (yes, it was my right foot) and was able to do it! It was just easier than putting on a different brace. Now I drive with nothing and can't wait to ditch the boot soon! This is my play by play. Hopefully it helps those of you who are newly injured and wondering what to expect during this ordeal!

Sep 05, 2014
Distal Fibular Fracture NEW
by: Anonymous

I fractured my fibula Juky 17th. I tripped and landed on my knee. My leg got stuck under me and rotated outwards. When I heard the loud crunch, I knew it wasn't good! I'm 43 a have a nondisplaced oblique spiral fracture. At least I didn't need surgery. I'm 7 weeks post fall. It's been a long adventure, and very depressing initially, especially since it happened over summer and I have two younger children. Here's how my progress has been going. At weeks 1 and. 2, my ankle looked like a watermelon and turned purple and black. Around week 2 when I dropped my leg down, the blood rushed and my foot throbbed until I immediately got it elevated again. Week 3 I just kept elevating it and sat with the lovely boot on. My doctor said I didn't need to sleep with the boot on, so I never did. For the first 4 weeks, I didn't sleep soundly because I was afraid I would move it funny. By week 4, it felt like things were pulling inside whenever I tried to move it with the boot on. By week 4 I also stopped wearing the boot when I was just sitting elevating it. I put it back on when I had to crutch around. By week 4 1/2 to 5, I was able to bear weight with crutches. Crutches are the biggest pain and I couldn't wait to get rid of them! I was also putting my foot down lightly and sometimes wrapped it with an ace. This helped ease me at night too. At my 5 1/2 almost 6 week appointment, I was told I could ditch the crutches and start bearing weight to stimulate new bone growth. I was also told I didn't need to wear the boot in the house but could if it hurt. The hardest part has been bearing full weight after 5 1/2 weeks of immobilization. The muscles have been killing me from not being used. It doesn't help that when you initially begin to walk, you tend to favor the hurt side and don't use the muscles properly. I'm now at 7 weeks and never wear the boot in the house, only outside. My muscles are finally loosening. I need the boot for 2 more weeks when I go outside. I initially started driving with the boot on (yes, it was my right foot) and was able to do it! It was just easier than putting on a different brace. Now I drive with nothing and can't wait to ditch the boot soon! This is my play by play. Hopefully it helps those of you who are newly injured and wondering what to expect during this ordeal!

Sep 05, 2014
Distal Fibular Fracture NEW
by: Anonymous

I fractured my fibula Juky 17th. I tripped and landed on my knee. My leg got stuck under me and rotated outwards. When I heard the loud crunch, I knew it wasn't good! I'm 43 a have a nondisplaced oblique spiral fracture. At least I didn't need surgery. I'm 7 weeks post fall. It's been a long adventure, and very depressing initially, especially since it happened over summer and I have two younger children. Here's how my progress has been going. At weeks 1 and. 2, my ankle looked like a watermelon and turned purple and black. Around week 2 when I dropped my leg down, the blood rushed and my foot throbbed until I immediately got it elevated again. Week 3 I just kept elevating it and sat with the lovely boot on. My doctor said I didn't need to sleep with the boot on, so I never did. For the first 4 weeks, I didn't sleep soundly because I was afraid I would move it funny. By week 4, it felt like things were pulling inside whenever I tried to move it with the boot on. By week 4 I also stopped wearing the boot when I was just sitting elevating it. I put it back on when I had to crutch around. By week 4 1/2 to 5, I was able to bear weight with crutches. Crutches are the biggest pain and I couldn't wait to get rid of them! I was also putting my foot down lightly and sometimes wrapped it with an ace. This helped ease me at night too. At my 5 1/2 almost 6 week appointment, I was told I could ditch the crutches and start bearing weight to stimulate new bone growth. I was also told I didn't need to wear the boot in the house but could if it hurt. The hardest part has been bearing full weight after 5 1/2 weeks of immobilization. The muscles have been killing me from not being used. It doesn't help that when you initially begin to walk, you tend to favor the hurt side and don't use the muscles properly. I'm now at 7 weeks and never wear the boot in the house, only outside. My muscles are finally loosening. I need the boot for 2 more weeks when I go outside. I initially started driving with the boot on (yes, it was my right foot) and was able to do it! It was just easier than putting on a different brace. Now I drive with nothing and can't wait to ditch the boot soon! This is my play by play. Hopefully it helps those of you who are newly injured and wondering what to expect during this ordeal!

Sep 03, 2014
I have a broken fibula NEW
by: Sasa

Hey everyone I'm 38 and I have manage to break my fibula last month while roller skating. I was in a splint for 3days then when i visit the OD he put me in a cast, at first they were worried that I may have raptured my ankle but after a follow up X-ray he said my ankle is fine and that my bones are strong and well heal fast.

I'm a active runner and I work out a lot .. So it's frustrating not able to move around as I would like too, I was In a cast for about 3weeks my doctor said even though there's a crack, my bone is healing he put me in a boot and said no weight bearing I was also given a bone stimulator which is said to help the bone heal fast. On day while standing in the kitchen I felt like something pop it was scary, but I've been limping around the house but I use my crutches when I have to go out.

Even though my Doctor said no weight bearing is it bad that I'm limping around on it? Also I started back the gym only doing upper body and I use my cruches at the gym to get around. My doctor give me some exercise to do like moving foot up and down, doing the alphabet and rolling with a ball, some days are easier than some I feel pain more in the morning when I wake up. I would just like everything to go back to normal I miss running ..... I''m just worried I hope I'm not doing more bad than good..

Sep 03, 2014
I have a broken fibula NEW
by: Sasa

Hey everyone I'm 38 and I have manage to break my fibula last month while roller skating. I was in a splint for 3days then when i visit the OD he put me in a cast, at first they were worried that I may have raptured my ankle but after a follow up X-ray he said my ankle is fine and that my bones are strong and well heal fast.

I'm a active runner and I work out a lot .. So it's frustrating not able to move around as I would like too, I was In a cast for about 3weeks my doctor said even though there's a crack, my bone is healing he put me in a boot and said no weight bearing I was also given a bone stimulator which is said to help the bone heal fast. On day while standing in the kitchen I felt like something pop it was scary, but I've been limping around the house but I use my crutches when I have to go out.

Even though my Doctor said no weight bearing is it bad that I'm limping around on it? Also I started back the gym only doing upper body and I use my cruches at the gym to get around. My doctor give me some exercise to do like moving foot up and down, doing the alphabet and rolling with a ball, some days are easier than some I feel pain more in the morning when I wake up. I would just like everything to go back to normal I miss running ..... I''m just worried I hope I'm not doing more bad than good..

Aug 24, 2014
Question about post-cast weight-bearing. NEW
by: Mom to Patient

My 13 year old daughter had a clean distal fibular break at the ankle. After ER visit and splinting, 3 days later Ortho put her in a full cast to the knee. Back one week later for follow-up Xray. All was good, and they said she would be in cast for 6 weeks with NO weight bearing at all. We are hoping the cast will come off this week at the 6 week appt.

My question is: What should we expect now? A boot, no boot, weight-bearing allowed?

Many thanks!
Mom to Patient
Georgia

Aug 20, 2014
Thank You! Depressed No More! NEW
by: Anonymous

I have a closed spiral break of my left fibula and broke off the triangle piece at the bottom of my tibia on August 2. Have been in a hard cast since the 4th and go to OS weekly for X-rays to make sure bone does not shift. First week was good news as no shifing. Week 2 was a bummer as my bone had shifted 1mm which my OS said was very minor but week 3 is very critical as if it shifts any more, I will have to have surgery which I don't want. Have been using a knee scooter which is a life saver. I am so glad I came across this site as it gives me a positive outlook each day when I want to jump out of my skin by the end of the day sitting and lying around.

I can't seem to find "tissue mend" which some folks mention in their posts, but my compound pharmacists suggested a supplement called "Osteo Vegan" which is usually prescribed to Osteoporosis patients to help strengthen bones. He said when younger athletes break bones, they all use it to help speed the healing process. I have been taking it since day 3 and am hoping it is helping. Time will tell I guess.

Thanks again guys for the optimistic posts as it helps get me through this immobile phase which is most critical to the healing process. God speed to you all!

Jul 16, 2014
My experience NEW
by: Anonymous

Hey Ya'll, I had fractured my fibula 2-3 months ago, and sleeping on my side with my injured leg towards the cealing and my uninjured foot lay rest to the bed. Having your foot up is for the swelling to go down, it does help and it will go down over time, but every week you should notice something different. I was just laying here and it's been 3 months. My foot just popped and it felt really good and all my pain disappeared, I looked it up on the internet to see if that was normal and it is. After 6-7 weeks you should start walking without crutches. I'm no Doctor but I'm just sharing from previous experience. Try not to rely on pain killer, their addicting. Your Ligaments in your foot may be torn, but they will heal. Walking will be the best thing for you to do after the 6 weeks. I know it sucks but time is a bitch. Keep elevated and ice to help with the swelling.

Jul 16, 2014
My experience NEW
by: Anonymous

Hey Ya'll, I had fractured my fibula 2-3 months ago, and sleeping on my side with my injured leg towards the cealing and my uninjured foot lay rest to the bed. Having your foot up is for the swelling to go down, it does help and it will go down over time, but every week you should notice something different. I was just laying here and it's been 3 months. My foot just popped and it felt really good and all my pain disappeared, I looked it up on the internet to see if that was normal and it is. After 6-7 weeks you should start walking without crutches. I'm no Doctor but I'm just sharing from previous experience. Try not to rely on pain killer, their addicting. Your Ligaments in your foot may be torn, but they will heal. Walking will be the best thing for you to do after the 6 weeks. I know it sucks but time is a bitch. Keep elevated and ice to help with the swelling.

Jul 13, 2014
Snapped fibula NEW
by: Anonymous

Hey, guys
I broke my fibula during a AFL game two weeks ago, had surgery and got plates and screws in planted in me. I'm just wondering, is there any other sleeping position other then keeping the leg raised and straight all the time? I really feel uncomfortable every night trying to sleep.

Jun 24, 2014
Alternative remedies for bone-healing? NEW
by: Jayashri

I fractured my fibula on 29 May this year in two places. I was surfing and I jumped off my board onto a sand bar that made the jump shallower than I expected. I've been 4 weeks in a hard plaster cast no weight bearing. I spent the first three weeks driving to work, using a scooter that you rest your knee on at work, and elevating it at my computer. I went in to see my Doc last thursday and there is no visible difference in the x-ray fours weeks in a plaster cast from the day I broke it. I've been sent home on sick leave and told to stay off of it but I'm still in quite a bit of pain right on the ankle on both sides. I'm taking pain killers at night to sleep. This break is worse than I thought it could be - I'm 40 and in excellent health- I run, bike and swim. Does anyone know what the alternative remedies are for bone healing? I am freaking out that I'm going to be in this plaster cast for more than 6 weeks and in pain forever. I broke my arm in my late 20s and I don't remember being in this kind of pain for such a long time.

Jun 20, 2014
time frame NEW
by: Anonymous

I think everyone is different. I had a clean break, did not require surgery and was NWB for 6 weeks after the cast. At week two the doctor indicated the healing was great, and maybe I would get the cast off at week 4. But on week 4, he said there was a little more healing to go. This was my right fibula. I drove myself to work everyday, and used the knee walker. Other than two outings the last week, I went to work, went home and vegged on the couch. So I complied with my doctor's requests and in 6 weeks I was good to go however, I was going to the beach, and the doctor was concerned about shifting sands. He ordered a device to strap on my ankle, something for sports people, that immobilizes the ankle. This worked well for the beach vacation but I had more pain from this device then the entire break and cast. So that was only used for walking one mile for a couple of weeks after the beach trip.
I'm mid 50's and not in good shape, and was completely healed in 6 weeks. I did go to a rehab facility for 6 weeks(twice a week) and got my mobility back after the cast. My doctor was not going to offer this (which I heard is how doctors are), so I suggested it to him and he said, "you want to do this?", and I said YES. So I got the script, the insurance paid, and except for my going there time, it was great. Not only did I have a beach vacation the day after getting the cast off, but a cruise lined up for 4 weeks after that. I felt great during the cruise, except my foot did swell, and while playing the slots I needed to wear flip flops or sneakers. No dancing either. But I did everything else. Good luck,and my advise is to read the blogs, consult with your doctor, and push the O/S for what you think you need. I went to the "best" in town, and while great bedside manner, I would not have gotten the tools or rehab without persistence.
Hang in there.

Jun 19, 2014
fractured fibua NEW
by: Anonymous

I fractured my fibula on June 7th and I go see the doctor on June 24th to find out how its healing. they said it was a clean break and I now am on crutches and wear a boot. I work as a CNA and the martial artist instructor so I would really like to know when I can start putting weight on it ? The swelling is now gone and I can put my foot flat on the floor. I appreciate any advise :)

Jun 13, 2014
when can I start using the ankle? NEW
by: dp

My brake happened May 18th and I am just finishing week four. I had no wb for two full weeks, then last week I drove a little and put light pressure on the ankle only on a few days. This week, actually today, I had to go back to work (I'm a personal chef) I used my knee walker and only cooked a small dinner for 2, but I think it was too much as now my hip is taking one for the team and seems to have overcompensated...? I'm not sure.
I'm also not sure if I'm overdoing it? My ankle is a bit sore and I definitely need to take a pain pill which I was off of for the last two weeks.
My history: I'm a 52 yr old female, long distance runner. I was just doing short distances for the past year, taking a break (no pun intended).
Any runners my age with recovery from a broken fibula, clean brake?

Jun 13, 2014
Older.....but not OLD with a broken Fib. NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi there, broke my Fibula at the ankle on 5/30/14. ER put a temp. cast on that Friday. Orthopedic put me in a walking boot on the following Tues. I HATE crutches and am so glad to be gimping around with just the boot in the house. Except at night if I need to use the bathroom and then its the dreaded crutches again. I was told I broke the ankle in the best spot possible for healing etc. I go back to the doc. on June 23rd and wonder what I will learn. Hope I am not doing more damage to the ankle. I was told to gradually increase weight bearing in the boot with crutches and that I would know when to walk more on it. Hope to take a trip to Atlantic City on July 6th but do not know what my progress will show and what the orthopedic will say. Maybe I will get changed to some sort of an ankle device instead of this HUGE boot. It will be 5 weeks recovery at that time of trip. Any ideas from past breakE's? Thanks.

Jun 12, 2014
Update from Yesterday NEW
by: Anonymous

Just commented before about not having any pain from my oblique fractured fibula. Saw my orthopedic surgeon today. He told me I didn't need surgery (thank God) and put me in an air boot with crutches. The impression that I got was I could put as much weight on it as my body would let me. I'd love to get a story from someone in a comparable age group as mine (late teens, early 20s, healthy, fit) as I've been told my healing time would be much less than an older adult, but I'd like to know just how much- any chance ill be walking without crutches in 2 weeks???

Jun 12, 2014
Trash those crutches NEW
by: Anonymous

While your doctor might not tell you, there is a knee walker device, which is about $220, that allows for great mobility versus a wheelchair. If you are using crutches but feel unstable on them, the knee walker is for you. I started on crutches, moved to a wheelchair and then within one week found this knee walker device. It folds up and you can put in your car. I was speeding down my workplace hallways with this device. Even fits in the handicapped bathroom. The knee walker insured that I did No weight bearing for the 6 weeks. There's a good resale market for the knee walker, so I resold at $150. I ordered the product on line, and it was delivered in 3 days, and could be adjusted to my short height. Why my OS did not tell me about the knee walker is beyond me, and I even took him to task over this. Once you leave their office, they could care less about how you cope with your cast and your life.

Jun 12, 2014
Trash those crutches NEW
by: Anonymous

While your doctor might not tell you, there is a knee walker device, which is about $220, that allows for great mobility versus a wheelchair. If you are using crutches but feel unstable on them, the knee walker is for you. I started on crutches, moved to a wheelchair and then within one week found this knee walker device. It folds up and you can put in your car. I was speeding down my workplace hallways with this device. Even fits in the handicapped bathroom. The knee walker insured that I did No weight bearing for the 6 weeks. There's a good resale market for the knee walker, so I resold at $150. I ordered the product on line, and it was delivered in 3 days, and could be adjusted to my short height. Why my OS did not tell me about the knee walker is beyond me, and I even took him to task over this. Once you leave their office, they could care less about how you cope with your cast and your life.

Jun 12, 2014
no pain NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi,
I had a fibula fracture two years ago, and NEVER had pain. I did not realize I had broken my fibula until the next day, when I woke up and instead of feeling a sprain type of pain which I was expecting, I felt soreness on the outside of my calf but no black and blue, hence a visit to the walkin clinic and an Xray. The only discomfort I encountered thru the whole ordeal was that my ankle swelled to the cast, and cut off circulation, and caused my foot to be cold. I worked my office job every day, but left around 3, when the swelling began and vegged on the couch with my elevated ankle. Even with little pain, I had the cast for 6 weeks, and then rehab to move properly. Two years later, you would not even know i broke my fibula. While no pain is not normal, it does happen to a lucky few of us.

Jun 12, 2014
Broken fibula... Doesn't hurt? NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi, I broke my fibula yesterday- oblique break through the distal diaphysis of the fibula. Clean, no tissue damage, not out of place. Was put in a splint at the ER and am waiting to see an ortho. The initial break hurt like hell- then subsided a few hours later and no pain since then... Is this a good thing? Im
not even on advil right now and feel fine. I'm hoping it has miraculously healed itself since I'm leaving on vacation in a week and really really hope to have some walking ability by 2 weeks from now. Has anyone with a similar injury been able to walk so soon after the injury? PS I'm male, 21 years old, very healthy and fit non-smoker.

Jun 03, 2014
Can't wait to walk! NEW
by: Anonymous

Week 4 of a communited fibula fracture a few inches above ankle. No surgery required, straight to Aircast for 3 weeks. Saw my O/S last week and though it is still fractured, he prescribed FWB w/o Aircast if I'm ok with it. Seems to be a little different every day. Was able to limp around the house w/o crutches yesterday, but I couldn't do it today. Pinching pain where the fracture is as well as sore Achilles tendon and muscles. Anyone know if compression calf/ankle sleeves would help? O/S also said physio is optional...but just start walking.

May 27, 2014
COMING OUT OF CAST NEW
by: Anonymous

I broke my fibula in my ankle area on april 23.. was put in cast up to my knee.. cast is coming off in a week and doc says he will be giving me an ankle brace. (the kind that lace up) how am I gona be able to put my shoe on with that? and be able to walk.. I can't do crutches so I've been getting around the past 6 weeks in a wheelchair.. but I wanna be able to walk once I"m out of cast

May 27, 2014
COMING OUT OF CAST NEW
by: Anonymous

I broke my fibula in my ankle area on april 23.. was put in cast up to my knee.. cast is coming off in a week and doc says he will be giving me an ankle brace. (the kind that lace up) how am I gona be able to put my shoe on with that? and be able to walk.. I can't do crutches so I've been getting around the past 6 weeks in a wheelchair.. but I wanna be able to walk once I"m out of cast

May 25, 2014
Ankle fracture tips NEW
by: Fliss

it's a good idea to wiggle toes and hands before trying to get up on crutches or walking frame and to sit on edge of bed or chair before rising to vertical. When you are not walking around as normal the balance is very quick to go so be careful. When in plaster don't go from elevated to the floor within moments. Gradually lower limb a few inches every few minutes to allow Blood Pressure to cope with change of the level. My plaster technician told me what dictates the speed of recovery is what you were eating six months ago. Of course a good diet is always better for you. If you can't get out use a vitamin D spray to help the body process the calcium in your diet..

May 25, 2014
Ankle fracture tips NEW
by: Fliss

it's a good idea to wiggle toes and hands before trying to get up on crutches or walking frame and to sit on edge of bed or chair before rising to vertical. When you are not walking around as normal the balance is very quick to go so be careful. When in plaster don't go from elevated to the floor within moments. Gradually lower limb a few inches every few minutes to allow Blood Pressure to cope with change of the level. My plaster technician told me what dictates the speed of recovery is what you were eating six months ago. Of course a good diet is always better for you. If you can't get out use a vitamin D spray to help the body process the calcium in your diet..

May 20, 2014
what a PAIN! NEW
by: Anonymous

What a nightmare! Came on of cast yesterday following a broken fibula,just left with no support on ankle a all and suffering dreadful pain still. Using crutches still,to WB is excruciating. Tried to talk to Fracture Clinic who referred me to the Plaster Room!!!!! Why do the Plaster Technicians think they are consultants?
When told to suffer it until physio in a week seems to be barbaric!

May 20, 2014
what a PAIN! NEW
by: Anonymous

What a nightmare! Came on of cast yesterday following a broken fibula,just left with no support on ankle a all and suffering dreadful pain still. Using crutches still,to WB is excruciating. Tried to talk to Fracture Clinic who referred me to the Plaster Room!!!!! Why do the Plaster Technicians think they are consultants?
When told to suffer it until physio in a week seems to be barbaric!

May 20, 2014
what a PAIN! NEW
by: Anonymous

What a nightmare! Came on of cast yesterday following a broken fibula,just left with no support on ankle a all and suffering dreadful pain still. Using crutches still,to WB is excruciating. Tried to talk to Fracture Clinic who referred me to the Plaster Room!!!!! Why do the Plaster Technicians think they are consultants?
When told to suffer it until physio in a week seems to be barbaric!

Apr 30, 2014
Dont let ALL your symptoms SCARE YOU!! :) NEW
by: Anonymous

Broke my Fibula.... had painful shooting pains and sometimes it felt like my bones were piercing into my ankle on "BOTH" sides *internet said*(HIDDEN FRACTURE)The top of my foot had such a bad hot stinging sensation *internet said* (LIGIMENT DAMAGE) My ankle was 3x's the normal size, badly bruised, numbing sensations at times and when I walked I would hear&feel clicking "THAT HAS TO BE BAD" right?
After about 3 days of the clicking and me being VERY CAREFUL, it popped. WOW,that clicking is gone ..All these symptoms had me worried on how bad my ankle break was.I don't run to the Dr.normally and this was no exception.I babied my ankle as much as I could but, once I started having muscle spasms....ALL those symptoms slowly left.I still have a way to go on loosening up the center of my foot and my ankle is still swollen and bruised.
But, all the muscle spasms I have had are helping cut my recovery time. I can honestly say, I wouldn't be this far without the spasms. Just thought someone could benefit from hearing my story.I searched the internet for answers and HOPED for some reasons for all my symptoms, reasons that were NOT bad. My symptoms were JUST A PART OF MY HEALING PROCESS. I am doing soo much better and I hope are to.

Apr 30, 2014
muscle spasms are healing my broken ankle!!!! NEW
by: Anonymous

I broke my Fibula 2mo.ago.... The worst pain I have ever experienced!!! As soon as It happened, my leg and ankle went through some pretty intense spasms that lasted all night long. I was put into an aircast and 3days later I was back at work.I took it as easy as I could, elevated while at my desk , iced on my breaks and moved slow when having to move around the office.At first, the idea of my leg and foot moving on its own with such force, scared me.But, I didnt experience any more until about 1mo.later. I had started sleeping with my cast on but front plate off.I would wake to some pretty major spasms. Very painful. But, then I realized that I had more mobility the next day. This is true about every spasm I have had since.I finally was free of that VERY uncomfortable aircast. I couldnt bend my toes due to being in the cast but, after the worse episode of spasms, I had bend in my toes. YEAH!!! Nightly I have spasms and Luckily they are getting less painful and every day my recovery soars.My Dr.told my to take "Quinine" to end them.But,I feel as though my body is healing itself and since I have seen positive results....I think I will just see how this plays out.I am positive without the spasms, I wouldnt
be this far ahead in my recovery.
Good Luck to all of you!!!

Apr 07, 2014
Broke/fractured my Fibula NEW
by: Leon

On the 24th of April I broke my Fibula few inches above my ankle while Ice skating, They put a cast on me and after 4 weeks, I had an x-ray again and the fracture was still open, they put another cast and the Doctors gave me more 3 weeks, If it doesn't get better, It will be an operation. I am a slow healer maybe.

Apr 07, 2014
Broke/fractured my Fibula NEW
by: Leon

On the 24th of April I broke my Fibula few inches above my ankle while Ice skating, They put a cast on me and after 4 weeks, I had an x-ray again and the fracture was still open, they put another cast and the Doctors gave me more 3 weeks, If it doesn't get better, It will be an operation. I am a slow healer maybe.

Apr 07, 2014
Broke/fractured my Fibula NEW
by: Leon

On the 24th of April I broke my Fibula few inches above my ankle while Ice skating, They put a cast on me and after 4 weeks, I had an x-ray again and the fracture was still open, they put another cast and the Doctors gave me more 3 weeks, If it doesn't get better, It will be an operation. I am a slow healer maybe.

Mar 22, 2014
foot swelling NEW
by: hayley

I have the same problem,i had the weber b fracture a year ago and now whenever i walk my foot swells and the pain is unreal,i also get the twitching when im laid down and not even moving the foot,aparently it is normal the doctors just forget to mention it when they say your foot is fine.

Mar 22, 2014
Fracture Fibula ankle in two places NEW
by: Anonymous

I broke my ankle in Jan 2014 didn't have surgery but was put in a cast for six weeks. My cast came off week ago and I am in so much pain.my Doctor told me the ankle is fine and I don't need Physical Therapy at this time.

Feb 23, 2014
forearm fracture NEW
by: Anonymous

hi sir.. my left hand forearm got fracture both bones were broken doctor made a surgery and he had put 2 plates for both radius and ulna bone. ulna bone was broken into pieces so doctor has bone grafting to me . after 10 days he put a bandage cast and said to remove after a month. now after month he removed the cast but bones were not healed..
can any one tel still how many days it requires to heal

Feb 11, 2014
Bone Healing System for Delayed Healing NEW
by: Donna

After a delayed healing of my fibula, (16 weeks), my surgeon recommended the Exogen Ultrasound Bone Healing System. I have now been using it 10 days. The results are positive. I have little swelling and can now see my ankle. This is the best I have felt in 18 weeks. Feeling like there is an end in sight. The system is costly, however if you have a medical plan, it may be covered.

Feb 09, 2014
Delayed union fibula NEW
by: Jamie

Donna, I'm at week 11 and I can totally relate. I broke my fibula roller skating and have been in a boot since the day after the injury. I was 0% weight bearing for 6 weeks, then was 50% weight bearing from week 6-10. I just went back to the dr and things still aren't healed. I am due back at the dr in 2 weeks to get a bone stimulators. Hoping something works, because I'm losing my mind

Jan 25, 2014
16 weeks post fibula break NEW
by: Donna

I went over on my ankle on October 8, 2013. Heard a couple of pops. Went to hospital and was told it was a distal fibular fracture. Went to surgeon same week was told bones were aligned and would not require surgery. Temp cast for 2 weeks. Fiber cast for 5 more weeks. Air cast for 2 more weeks. Finally return to work after New Years. Every day ankle gets more swollen and bruised. By the end of 2 weeks pain is crazy. Go to emerg, told I have a fracture and no weight bearing, use air cast and crutches. This is 15 weeks after original break. I cancel a trip planned for that week. Go back to surgeon. He says I have delayed heeling. Back to physio and off work 8 more weeks. I am extremely frustrated. Anyone else experience this setback.

Nov 23, 2013
Broken Fibula NEW
by: Anonymous

I broke my ankle last Sat. night. Same as you, broken fibula, air cast and now I am in more pain than ever. Not sure to just elevate, or put a little bit of weight on it. Called Dr. today for advice he said if pain continues get a new x ray. It seems to hurt when its been elevated and then brought down. The pain is almost unbearable!

Aug 30, 2013
horror story NEW
by: Iatrophobia

when i was a child i fell and broke my left fibia. my parents took me to the hospital (i dont know what happend with the doctors because i lost consiousness from the pain) well i woke up in the car on the way home without getting any cast or medicine. once home i had to crawl arround on my own and passed out again many times over the next 2 days i got worse and my parents ended up taking me to a veternarian (animal doctor who happend to be my uncle) he determined my leg was broken in two not just fractured but the bone had snapped my uncle was unable to help other than drove us to the same hospital that discharged and he said things im not repeating. resulting in an xray (that clearly showed a shattered bone) so now i absolutely hate doctors and distrust them all.

its hard to shop for good healthcare when your body is broken and this was in the mid to late 80s you couldnt just go online and seek information like you can today.

Apr 26, 2013
Me again NEW
by: Anonymous

Hey commented on a weber b fracture cos I was worried I'd damaged it from weight bearing...good news I didn't so my mind was at ease!.....bad news I've never felt so much pain ever the pain I feel now is so much worse than the original
Fracture,I don't know if this is normal but my foot swells after 10 mins of walkin on it n it is massively painful when I'm jus layin down n my foot twitches!please if anyone else can say if this is right feelin or not please comment cos I feel like il never walk properly again

Apr 26, 2013
Distal fibula fracture NEW
by: Dennis

I've just had a cast put on for my fracture.I had 2 doctors tell me whenever you fracture your ankle it has to be no weigh bearing on that foot whatsoever for at least a good period of time bc it might not feel like it hurts but you can be damaging your nerves and ligaments.They r having me come back every 2 wks to keep checking that its healing straight and if I put weight on it can cause it to shift and then possibly surgery.Hope this helps no weight on the ankle.
Good luck

Feb 22, 2013
weber b fracture of my ankle NEW
by: hayley

hi just wondering if anyone can can help put my mind at ease,5week ago i fractured my ankle with a weber b fracture the 1st doctor i saw said defo non weight bearing but this was impossible to do as the fracture of my ankle was due to falling down stairs and every inch of me hurt trying to use crutches and not put my foot down at all so i asked another doctor and he said partial weight bearing is fine as its different opinions of different doctors,so iv gone about my business and got by with part weight bearing but im worried as the 1st doc that said no weight bearing said if i weight bared at all that the fracture could displace which would mean me having an op,im due back at hospital in 3days hopefully for the cast off but i cant help thinking what if it has displaced,i guess im kinda wanting reassurance!my way of thinkin is that if it had displaced then surely i would feel it as i av had no pain from the ankle since its been in pot jus minor aches that last a couple of seconds every now and then so if something was wrong id be in pain???please can someone put my mind at ease.

Jan 08, 2013
Ligaments NEW
by: Gary

Had some of my ligaments repaired as well. Saw my surgeon today. He says that ligaments can take longer to heal than bones. I'm no weight bearing for 6+ weeks now with four more to go, then a walking boot and therapy. I have a post further down below on how I broke my leg and ankle. Whatever you all do make sure it heals right, ligaments or bones, especially if comp injury. Statute of limitations can hurt you, must be why Dr.'s say "give it a couple of years to heal completely", because here in Colorado it would seem that 2 years is the limit. My new surgeon works with the Olympic training center, so hopefully he's a lot better than the dinosaur that did it last time. http://www.ccoe.us/

Jan 06, 2013
fractured fibula treated conservatively - awaiting atfl tendon repair NEW
by: Anonymous

fractured my fibula in ankle wore a cast then went back to work with physio weekly. Then put on crutches as had pain. MRI scan shows a problem with ATFL ligament awaiting surgery for either repair or replacement dr said he will know when he does op. How long is the recovery time. Oh he said there is athritis is fracture sight but as ankle gives way need surgery to stabilise

Dec 20, 2012
I broke my febula NEW
by: Anonymous

I broke my Febula back in March 17, 2012 it is still hurting...some days it hurts less and most days it hurts to walk and to be touched there too. So I dunno when it will fully heal...! might be another year who knows. But I am just taking it one day at a time. Good luck on your healing!

Dec 19, 2012
Broken lower fibula NEW
by: Anonymous

I broke my lower fibula 5 months ago. No surgery needed. OMG why is it still so sore. Sometimes it throbs and its hard to sleep. My doctor told me it could take up to a year. I still walk with a limp. Does anyone have this same experience? I'm so tired of this pain.

Nov 25, 2012
Runner54 NEW
by: Anonymous

Should I see a podiatriast or o/s due to my spraing ankle and fibular fracture

Nov 25, 2012
Fracture NEW
by: runner54

Went running early this mormg @7:00 am was going slow pace an fell foward landed on my left knee on both palm of my hanf my I right ankle twisted outwards went to er n jave fibular distal fracture.6weeks recovery no weigjt on anke till podiatris sees me. Any advise.
Runner

Nov 14, 2012
Leg. NEW
by: Jorja

I broke my tibia and fibula last year going to school dirtbike. I was going to fast, the brakes got stuck and i hit a small jump and wiped out. My leg twisted the total opposite way is supposed to be going, the bone also poked through my skin and made a hole and my brother was dirtbiking with me to school, so when i broke my leg he drove home as fast as he can and got my dad. My dad came and picked me up off the ground and put me in a chevy silverado and drove me to the nursing station. I got medevac to the nearest hospital in yellowknife, NT. Had to have surgury at 3:30, the surgeon told my mom that i might not need a steel plate in my leg. So they tried to fix it without a plate(and a cast) but it wouldn't stay in place so they had to put a steel plate with 7 screws and NO CAST (just a bandage) got 7 stitches too. AND A AIR BOOT! had to stay in the hospital for a week.... it was so fricken sore:,( but now its fully healed, dirtbike again, go horse back riding and mostly everything else.

Bye

Nov 14, 2012
Leg. NEW
by: Jorja

I broke my tibia and fibula last year going to school dirtbike. I was going to fast, the brakes got stuck and i hit a small jump and wiped out. My leg twisted the total opposite way is supposed to be going, the bone also poked through my skin and made a hole and my brother was dirtbiking with me to school, so when i broke my leg he drove home as fast as he can and got my dad. My dad came and picked me up off the ground and put me in a chevy silverado and drove me to the nursing station. I got medevac to the nearest hospital in yellowknife, NT. Had to have surgury at 3:30, the surgeon told my mom that i might not need a steel plate in my leg. So they tried to fix it without a plate(and a cast) but it wouldn't stay in place so they had to put a steel plate with 7 screws and NO CAST (just a bandage) got 7 stitches too. AND A AIR BOOT! had to stay in the hospital for a week.... it was so fricken sore:,( but now its fully healed, dirtbike again, go horse back riding and mostly everything else.

Bye

Oct 30, 2012
55 NEW
by: Zachary

I was in my 40's when I broke my distal fibula. We are getting old and just do not get up and get going. It took a little time befor I could really walk again- I guess about 2 weeks till the limp was no longer noticeable. I also had strained my ligament and tendons so that was what sloed me down. Do not rush at our age...get off that leg when you need to, the pain will let you know when it is time to stop.

Oct 29, 2012
Fib NEW
by: Gary

I broke my ankle and fibula 1/19/2010. Had immediate surgery, and 2 months later was told that everything was good to go. Released to MMI in 7/2010, but kept complaining of leg pain at fib break. I was told that it was fine and basically would take time to heal. 2011-still hurting at fib break, and sometimes the pain is excruciating and debilitating, and told they can take up to 2 years to heal. 2012-STILL experiencing leg pain, and sometimes the pain is excruciating and debilitating. 10/2012-HAD ENOUGH! Complained to employer and sent to comp Dr.'s who finally took a leg xray....guess what? Fibula is broke at original break. Dr. called it non-union fracture, and old case has been reopened. Saw O/S last Friday (10/26/2012) and he says it never healed. He will fix with plate, but first he wants to take a CatScan to see how bad the tendons and such are damaged, and what he'll need to do before he goes in. I was told fib can carry 10-15% of weight. Don’t know, don’t care. What I do know and do care about is it hurts, and I’m now glad that I know it’s not all in my head….thanks for listening. Hope it helps someone.

Oct 22, 2012
55 year old with fibula break NEW
by: Anonymous

I broke my fibula when I fell in a hole in a cemetery. I immediately got on a plane, thinking sprained ankle, but the next day, at home, went to the walkin clinic and found out it was a broken fibula and got a "splint" and told to see a O/S. 5 days later I did, and after several xrays got a fiberglass cast and told non weight bearing for 2 weeks. the crutches were not very good and I found a knee wheeler on line for $215 and it was delivered in two days. With a friend setting it up, I've been much more mobile. I also got a cast cooler, doesn't look like much, but I haven't had an itch and it's been 4 weeks. At week 2, more Xrays, and again at week 4. I have two weeks to go, and the O/S says the cast will be off, as the bone will be mended. I'd like to know what will happen next. I'm due to leave on a beach vacation 3 days after the cast comes off. I haven't had much pain but I do have swelling while at work. Definitely get the knee walker. I can't believe the O/S didn't give any thought to the great tools out there.

Oct 14, 2012
Re: Stephanie w. NEW
by: Barbara

Do not rush the driving. I really couldn't believe how much pressure you need to put on the gas and brake And how quick you need to react sometimes. drive when you have sufficient strength to slam on that brake if you need to.

Oct 09, 2012
physical therapy instead of surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

I twisted my ankle in 2009 and just put ice on it end didn't see the doctor. I have always had ankle problems. So I didn't think much about it when it continued too hurt of and on. I just went too see my OS and as told my fibula was fractured and it was an old break that never healed and that was the reason for the swelling and pain.so she gave me a flimsy brace to wear and said I should go to physical therapy to help strengthen my ankle. The bone is broke, how is physical therapy gonna heal it? I hurts to walk on it and doing any sort of activities like walking, house cleaning or standing on it for long periods causes pain. So I was given muscle relaxers and and voltaren. Its not helping and I'm wondering if anyone else has dealt with this?

Oct 05, 2012
walking boot NEW
by: Francine

I did use the soft inside of the walking boot when I slept. It kept it stable and felt comfortable.

Oct 05, 2012
I did not sleep with the walking boot on. NEW
by: Anonymous

I do want to say I did not sleep with the walking boot on...because you are not putting any weight on it.........it was quite comfortable even though it was broken. I can't imagine sleeping with the heavy walking boot on lol Hope this helps.

Oct 05, 2012
I did not sleep with the walking boot on. NEW
by: Anonymous

I do want to say I did not sleep with the walking boot on...because you are not putting any weight on it.........it was quite comfortable even though it was broken. I can't imagine sleeping with the heavy walking boot on lol Hope this helps.

Oct 05, 2012
I did not sleep with the walking boot on. NEW
by: Anonymous

I do want to say I did not sleep with the walking boot on...because you are not putting any weight on it.........it was quite comfortable even though it was broken. I can't imagine sleeping with the heavy walking boot on lol Hope this helps.

Oct 05, 2012
I did not sleep with the walking boot on. NEW
by: Anonymous

I do want to say I did not sleep with the walking boot on...because you are not putting any weight on it.........it was quite comfortable even though it was broken. I can't imagine sleeping with the heavy walking boot on lol Hope this helps.

Oct 03, 2012
Start of pwb NEW
by: Anonymous

I dislocated by ankle n fractured it as well as breaking my tib n fib. I had surgery to fix it but got an infection so after six weeks the metal was removed n i had an external fixator in place. I had this for 12weeks and just had it removed and put in a walker boot. I have a badly broken fibula still n carrilage damage to ankle. I wonder if anyone knows if it is ok to sleep in the walker boot as i am worried of damaging my ankle in my sleep when it is not protected. Any info would be great

Oct 03, 2012
Start of pwb NEW
by: Anonymous

I dislocated by ankle n fractured it as well as breaking my tib n fib. I had surgery to fix it but got an infection so after six weeks the metal was removed n i had an external fixator in place. I had this for 12weeks and just had it removed and put in a walker boot. I have a badly broken fibula still n carrilage damage to ankle. I wonder if anyone knows if it is ok to sleep in the walker boot as i am worried of damaging my ankle in my sleep when it is not protected. Any info would be great

Oct 03, 2012
Start of pwb NEW
by: Anonymous

I dislocated by ankle n fractured it as well as breaking my tib n fib. I had surgery to fix it but got an infection so after six weeks the metal was removed n i had an external fixator in place. I had this for 12weeks and just had it removed and put in a walker boot. I have a badly broken fibula still n carrilage damage to ankle. I wonder if anyone knows if it is ok to sleep in the walker boot as i am worried of damaging my ankle in my sleep when it is not protected. Any info would be great

Oct 03, 2012
Weight bearing with boot NEW
by: Anonymous

Stephanie, the Doc will tell you what percentage of weight you can put down when walking with boot. I and many people drove with a boot. Just make sure you are comfortable doing so. Take care!

Oct 03, 2012
Takes time to heal NEW
by: Francine

I wonder if anyone reads thru the comments because I know, for myself, I have gotten some good advice.

If you fracture the fibula, most likely you hurt tendons, muscles and more. You need to stay off of the leg and take care of yourself for at least 4 weeks. Yes, it is going to hurt and be bruised for a while. Even though the fibula is not a weight bearing bone, your leg is still injured. It took a year for the stiffness to go away in my ankle. I fractured my wrist last year and it stills hurt when I use it too much.

Oct 03, 2012
Broken tib,Fib, calcanius and talus NEW
by: Stephanie Walters

Hi there, i broke all of the above on the 9th August 2012. Currently still in a cast and well even though the cast is now so loose I can actually move my ankle i still think i would not take the risk of putting pressure on it. However I would like to know that when I get my moon boot if I will be able to do so or even drive.

Oct 02, 2012
Broken Fibula NEW
by: Anonymous

OMG, your O/S should know better telling you
that you are NOT allowed to pressure or weight on your broken fibula for it to heal properly. I broke my left fibula also. Got xrayed from urgent care and the doctor said it was fractured. I never saw the
xray and thought it was just a hair line type fractured. A week later got a message from orthpedic. Did another xray and saw it. Sure enough it was broken. Before that i was walking with minor pain. Good that thing that my O/S called before I did more damage. Im ok now. Still have 1 wk left for another evualtion. I suggest that you DO NOT PUT ANY MORE PRESSURE/WEIGHT ON YOU FOOT IF YOU WANT YOUR BROKEN FIBULA TO HEAL.
Good luck and hope for speedy recovery

Sep 29, 2012
Fractured Distal Fib NEW
by: Anonymous

I am 60 years old and fractured my fibual about 2 inches above the ankle stepping into a hole in the sidewalk. I have been non weight bearing for 2 weeks so far but the brusing and swelling is not getting any better. You would think the bruising would get better but just seems to move around. I broke my femur 36 years ago but I was in the hospital for 3 months.

Sep 20, 2012
Broken tib and fib NEW
by: Jason

I had a serious accident and broke both my tib and fib on Dec 9, 2011. I was 33 at the time. I want all of you to know that things get better, but it takes along time in many cases. Injuries are scary and depression is very natural but try to stay positive. In my case, Along with my fractures, I had a severe ankle sprain, severe nerve damage, and muscle damage. My foot turned purple when upright even 4 months post brake. If I touched my leg, my foot would tingle from the nerve damage. I thought for sure I would have a limp for the rest of my life or have an amputation. However, the body is amazing at healing. I am 10 months post brake and most of the nerve & muscle damage has healed. I am back to work and have full function of my leg. I am even jogging and hiking. My advice to all is to know you are not alone, listen to your doc and PT, be patient, be positive, and eat well. Time takes care of everything. Good luck!

Sep 20, 2012
Update on my Fibula NEW
by: Anonymous

Well I broke my left Fibula March 16, 2012, ans now its Sept 20th, 2012..it has healed but not fully it stills hurts when I touch it or if a kids rubs it, it's a slightly some pain when I walk going shopping or something I think it's not fully healed up yet may just take more time, so I'm being patient! It's been six months now. just doesn't feel normal just yet! :) just have to wait and see!

Sep 20, 2012
Update on my Fibula NEW
by: Anonymous

Well I broke my left Fibula March 16, 2012, ans now its Sept 20th, 2012..it has healed but not fully it stills hurts when I touch it or if a kids rubs it, it's a slightly some pain when I walk going shopping or something I think it's not fully healed up yet may just take more time, so I'm being patient! It's been six months now. just doesn't feel normal just yet! :) just have to wait and see!

Sep 19, 2012
Contrasting opinion NEW
by: Anonymous

Yes I have heard of that happening. I was a slow healer and the doc was going to operate at about 8-10 weeks. Luckily I began to heal at weak 6 or 7

Sep 19, 2012
Contrasting opinion NEW
by: Anonymous

Yes I have heard of that happening. I was a slow healer and the doc was going to operate at about 8-10 weeks. Luckily I began to heal at weak 6 or 7

Sep 19, 2012
16 weeks on - contrasting opinions! NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi!
Had a fall on 2nd June 2012 - knew instantly I'd fractured something.
I've fractured distal fibula and there's some debate as to my lateral and medial malleolus!
It was manipulated 3 times until the position was good and i was placed in a fibre glass cast.
At 3 weeks it was X-rayed and there was only a very small amount of callous (but it WAS starting to heal). Unfortunately I had a further incident which threw me onto my broken leg and I had to return to hospital - the x-rays revealed that the bone had moved very slightly (but was still in an ok position) but the callous had been knocked off. Since this there has been no further bone healing whatsoever.
At 12 weeks I returned to see my O/S but he was on holiday so I saw another - he told me it should have been operated on 6 weeks previously and that having it immobilised for 12 weeks in plaster would have caused more damage. He put me in a boot and told me to return the following week to see my own O/S to have it operated on.
I returned the following week but my O/S said he wanted to wait another 3 weeks - until it had been fractured 16 weeks with no healing, yet the other dr said if it hadn't healed by week 7-8 it wasn't likely to!
Has anyone else had a similar situation?

Sep 10, 2012
Will I be healed september 24, 2012 NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi I sprained my ankle may 4,2012. I went to the doctor and they told me it was just a sprain. So for 4 weeks I was in a boot, then I started back walking on it but it was still swollen and hurting. So I went to the doctor 5 weeks later and he told me its was just sprained and you need to go to rehab for 6 weeks. So I did and when I went back to the doctor it was still swollen and hurting. Now he sent me to get an MRI an they said I have multiple ligament tears and sprains. So now I am in a cast for six weeks and I am on my 3rd week an I have been walking on it. But now I have gotten my crutches. This really sucks an I pray it is healed when I go back on September 24

Sep 06, 2012
We are healing all the time NEW
by: Fibula Fracture and swollen ankle

Well, I have just passed week 6 and have visited PT and she was really impressed with my ankle, no pain and the no swelling. she asked again what I was doing, again I have a (90%) spiral fracture on left fibula just above ankle and a smaller fracture below. I told her I have been reading all the blogs and found one fellow who works with horses and he kind of followed what he does for them and healed really quickly. I have been doing calcium, magnesium, D, multi vit, lots of fruits and vegies and am taking Tissue Mend which he mentions. The tissue mend is an natural herbal supplement which helps heal broken bones, torn ligaments, injuries to tendons, brusied muscles and neck and spinal, all of which I have had issues with and still do on the neck and spine.

Nature holds extraordinary wisdom, as does our body if we just listen closely to it, and honor what we feel. Again I held off on walking in my air cast, but felt bit pressured by him to walk in it , I held back, tried at week four, it swelled back up and went numb the next day, I took two more weeks off, felt really good this week and tried again, PT says I am to sense it out but stay in aircast now. And I know my body is ready because of the no swelling/no pain.

Our bodies are working all the time to heal us- if we just listen and know everything our body is doing is to maintain, heal, get rid of toxins-even the pain is necessary for healing and that Asprin and Ibuprofin block the pain and this is not good for healing bone fractures! Tylenol diff drug family and good. I chose to do lots of ice dips which assisted me with the pain a lot, really learned to enjoy them! Good healing to everyone!

Sep 05, 2012
Second opinion! NEW
by: Anonymous

I would get a second opinion on any ortho or for that matter medical diagnosis! I went to the local rural er for the initial X-ray! They didn't set my fibula! It wasn't until almost 2 weeks later I went to another hospital where the doctors found thaty continued severe pain was due to displacement! The 2nd er set the fibula and I went to a 2nd O/S and began to heal! Still cannot bear weight and if I do put some pressure on my left leg it tingles and feels like electric shocks in my foot and leg! Not to scare anyone but this is by far the worst thing I have ever been through in 36 years! I work hard and play hard! I know what pain is but this is beyond what I know!

Sep 04, 2012
Just at a month NEW
by: Anonymous

I am One month into my spiral fractured fibula and chipped tibia. I still sleep on the couch due to the only place I find comfort and least pain! I finally was put into a maxtrax cast but still unable to bare weight per O/S! I am still on pain meds occasionally but mostly ibuprofen and continue RICE method! My husband has been a true God sent! I do not know how I would make it though this without him! I get bored from time to time but then I keep in mind this too shall pass and I accept this as a time to rest my body! To all those that are suffering, you are in my prayers!

Aug 30, 2012
REDUCE PAIN NEW
by: Anonymous


Try pain killers: paracetamol; ibuprofen; morphine.
These can all be taken at the same time. Also paracetamol and ibuprofen will help reduce any swelling.

Aug 28, 2012
2nd sprain and fracture NEW
by: Jaz

Hi I had fractured my fibula when I was eleven and did not know because I had not went to the hospital at that time. I'm now 24 and I fell over just by standing on uneven ground with my daughter (thankfully she wasn't hurt) and I went to the hospital they said t was a sprain and an old fracture. I lay two weeks at home and was limping around so I decided to go back to the er and got X-rays again and now they saw another fracture. I was put in a soft cast for three weeks my first day down its in pain my foot. Hopefully I recover I pray for everyone else too. Any tips on sleeping with the cast cuz the more I elevate it the more it hurts, I sit on the sofa whole night just so I don't feel pain. Thanks

Aug 21, 2012
chipped fibula NEW
by: Anonymous

I was sent home in a splint with ibuprofen's also, a week later the o/s took the splint off me and basically said you can walk, 2 weeks later I'm still hobling about and feels like my leg is unsteady and my knee buckles every now and again without warning. No MRI scan was done.

Aug 20, 2012
Spiral fracture Fibula/badly sprained ankle NEW
by: Healing all the time

I jumped off a fallen tree into an uneven debris area July 25th and got a spiral fracture (90%) just above left ankle, and a smaller fracture even lower and had a very swollen unhappy ankle. I walked out of the woods for a half mile on it, no choice, wasn’t about to spend the night in the woods. A very important treatment to do - "RICE" which means Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevate. My brother has had some ankle woes and really drove home how important it is to do this. The icing was fantastic in relieving the pain and is used to reduce inflammation. The key to compression bandage for me is to not wrap at all tightly. Elevate 12" above heart. The swelling has taken into the third week to really reduce, meaning, not when in elevation, rather when I am up and around on scooter for an hour or two, it is finally not swelling up during active time.

I had a pot of water by the bed and and would add a small bucket of ice. I am a fan of ice dipping, meaning doing foot/ankle in for four or five dips in one ice session, pulling out the foot each time when foot had enough, elevating and then putting foot back in when ready for more. I did this 3-5 times a day.

My brother, prior to my Ortho appointment got me a knee scooter on day two and I was great for the first week. The day before my appt I was sensing some strange things with my right foot and by the evening couldn't walk on that at all. That was a huge wake up call for me to slow down, I am 47 not insured, and that I may have injured the right foot too. That one night was really extraordinary in that I could not stand or walk. I had to stay in bed and peed in one of my smaller ice buckets. I knew my right foot was did not want to hold me up and I listened. Next day, it somehow relaxed and held me up. I have used knee scooter for four weeks. Fantastic, again I judged it okay to do this, I have had serious shoulder injuries and crutches were not an option. You can rent them at medical supply business.

Again, Rest means rest, the body will take care of things just like it is always doing, your leg just needs to not have weight on it initially. View this time as a mental physical vacation and to enjoy this time-I really listened carefully to how my body feeling, got a whole bunch of minor aches and pains using one legI have also used a lot of Arnica gel as a natural anti inflammatory, drinking lots of water, taking calcium, magnesium, D, and an herbal supplement called "Tissue Mend" . I am just at week four and have just started to walk in air cast. Walk in CLinic gave me a size too big air cast, and I just received an aircast I purchased on line, week 4. The doctor encouraged me to walk on it as soon as I felt ready in week two.

The human body is extraordinary believe in your bodies wisdom. The body is healing itself all the time. I am grateful it wasn't worse and I know it could have been. Good time to meditate, breath in..... and breath out...... and know you are getting better every day-

Aug 14, 2012
Spiral Fibula Fracture NEW
by: Broken & Bored

I was stepping off of my lawn mower when I stepped into a hole that was over grown by grass. The pain was immediate after the 2 loud pops. After realizing I was not going to be able to stand a friend immobilized my left leg and wrapped with ace bandage, then covered it with ice as I waited for my husband to take me to the ER. The X-Rays confirmed I had spiral fractured my fibula in the left just an inch or so from the ankle and severly sprained my right ankle. My lft leg was placed in a soft splint type cast while the right was ace bandaged. I was sent home. It has been 1 week today and I am still unble to move away from the bed. I have a walker close but the weight on the spain is unbearable. My husband brought home a potty chair that is as close to my bed as possible. This is unreal and the pain is excruciating. I went to a O/S only to be told return in a week for another x-ray. I am confused because many people my husband and I have spoke with claim the pain was minimal after a week. I am in constant pain with burning sensations on the top of my foot and up the outside of my leg. Muscle cramps and spasms are extrememly painful. When I do stand to go to the restroom, the pain is emense! The vicodine doesn't seem to be reducing the pain and I am bored out of my mind when I am not crying in pain!

Aug 14, 2012
Spiral Fibula Fracture NEW
by: Broken & Bored

I was stepping off of my lawn mower when I stepped into a hole that was over grown by grass. The pain was immediate after the 2 loud pops. After realizing I was not going to be able to stand a friend immobilized my left leg and wrapped with ace bandage, then covered it with ice as I waited for my husband to take me to the ER. The X-Rays confirmed I had spiral fractured my fibula in the left just an inch or so from the ankle and severly sprained my right ankle. My lft leg was placed in a soft splint type cast while the right was ace bandaged. I was sent home. It has been 1 week today and I am still unble to move away from the bed. I have a walker close but the weight on the spain is unbearable. My husband brought home a potty chair that is as close to my bed as possible. This is unreal and the pain is excruciating. I went to a O/S only to be told return in a week for another x-ray. I am confused because many people my husband and I have spoke with claim the pain was minimal after a week. I am in constant pain with burning sensations on the top of my foot and up the outside of my leg. Muscle cramps and spasms are extrememly painful. When I do stand to go to the restroom, the pain is emense! The vicodine doesn't seem to be reducing the pain and I am bored out of my mind when I am not crying in pain!

Aug 13, 2012
It felt like a bone 'popped'. NEW
by: Anonymous

I was attempting to windsurf when my left leg came down into the shallow water and I felt a "pop". There was immediate pain, but not continuous. For about 10 minutes I tried to continue what I was doing, but then the pain hit. It hurt in my lower outside of the leg, and I had serious pain when putting any weight on it. We were camping so we were not near a hospital or clinic. I was able to sleep in one position without too much pain, and in the morning I still needed support to walk so I didn't add weight to my left leg. It has been 3 days, and I'm able to walk on it, do stairs slowly etc., but I still have some pain along the outer left lower leg, and just below the side of the knee, and now my hip joint hurts! I'm thinking it's a torn muscle, but that it almost felt like a bone shifted in my leg when it happened. Has anyone felt this before?

Aug 04, 2012
Fractured Fibula NEW
by: Broken & Bored

I'm 57 years old, female with Rheumatoid arthritis. Broke my fibula just above the ankle -clean break. Went to ER, put in temp cast, go to see O/S on 8/5. Was given crutches, but they didnt say no weight bearing nor do the written instructions. I''m using crutches, but touching my foot down for support, but not putting full weight down. It's too hard to not put the foot down and I'm just too weak. Wondering what the O/S will do and whether I'll be able to bear weight or walk. Swelling is going down and temp cast is looser now. I'm bored to death and depressed. I can only do so much TV, internet, crosswords, etc. I tried reading on my Kindle, but it's summer and I can't stand being cooped up. I'm dreading what the O/S will do.

Aug 04, 2012
Fractured Fibula NEW
by: Broken & Bored

I'm 57 years old, female with Rheumatoid arthritis. Broke my fibula just above the ankle -clean break. Went to ER, put in temp cast, go to see O/S on 8/5. Was given crutches, but they didnt say no weight bearing nor do the written instructions. I''m using crutches, but touching my foot down for support, but not putting full weight down. It's too hard to not put the foot down and I'm just too weak. Wondering what the O/S will do and whether I'll be able to bear weight or walk. Swelling is going down and temp cast is looser now. I'm bored to death and depressed. I can only do so much TV, internet, crosswords, etc. I tried reading on my Kindle, but it's summer and I can't stand being cooped up. I'm dreading what the O/S will do.

Aug 04, 2012
Fractured Fibula NEW
by: Broken & Bored

I'm 57 years old, female with Rheumatoid arthritis. Broke my fibula just above the ankle -clean break. Went to ER, put in temp cast, go to see O/S on 8/5. Was given crutches, but they didnt say no weight bearing nor do the written instructions. I''m using crutches, but touching my foot down for support, but not putting full weight down. It's too hard to not put the foot down and I'm just too weak. Wondering what the O/S will do and whether I'll be able to bear weight or walk. Swelling is going down and temp cast is looser now. I'm bored to death and depressed. I can only do so much TV, internet, crosswords, etc. I tried reading on my Kindle, but it's summer and I can't stand being cooped up. I'm dreading what the O/S will do.

Aug 03, 2012
ouch NEW
by: blue mango

Hello all,
I'm so glad I stumbled (no pun intended) on this site! I'm wondering how long it will take for my ankle to look and feel normal again.
It's reassuring to read some fellow "ankle breakers" experiences. I fell down a flight of stairs and broke my r. fibula at the ankle, so I've not been able to drive since then. I got a plaster cast on initially for 2 weeks, then went to an air cast but was told to continue using the crutches and no weight bearing. My ankle is still swollen, maybe it's typical but lots of people I've talked to who had fractured their ankle said they were walking after 2 weeks!
Good luck to you all.

Aug 03, 2012
ouch NEW
by: blue mango

Hello all,
I'm so glad I stumbled (no pun intended) on this site! I'm wondering how long it will take for my ankle to look and feel normal again.
It's reassuring to read some fellow "ankle breakers" experiences. I fell down a flight of stairs and broke my r. fibula at the ankle, so I've not been able to drive since then. I got a plaster cast on initially for 2 weeks, then went to an air cast but was told to continue using the crutches and no weight bearing. My ankle is still swollen, maybe it's typical but lots of people I've talked to who had fractured their ankle said they were walking after 2 weeks!
Good luck to you all.

Aug 03, 2012
ouch NEW
by: blue mango

Hello all,
I'm so glad I stumbled (no pun intended) on this site! I'm wondering how long it will take for my ankle to look and feel normal again.
It's reassuring to read some fellow "ankle breakers" experiences. I fell down a flight of stairs and broke my r. fibula at the ankle, so I've not been able to drive since then. I got a plaster cast on initially for 2 weeks, then went to an air cast but was told to continue using the crutches and no weight bearing. My ankle is still swollen, maybe it's typical but lots of people I've talked to who had fractured their ankle said they were walking after 2 weeks!
Good luck to you all.

Jul 30, 2012
broke my Febula NEW
by: Missy

Oh and I also used a wheel chair when I could not manage the Crutches.

Jul 30, 2012
broke my Febula NEW
by: Anonymous

Well I broke my Febula bone in March the 16,2012, now its July 30th, 2012, I went from a reg cast those really stiff ones for a month, then to a walking cast, I hated the crutches as I coul not use them well I felt like I was gonna fall and break another bone..! SCARY... then well I finally got a Walking boot, well that was hard to use to because it rocked too much..I still felt kinda wobbly, but it was better than the crutches.... so it's been four months I will tell you it still does not feel normal, not using anything now... consider healed...but something is not right it feels very sensitive, very tender, anytime small kids touches my leg where the Febula is a very cringe feeling..so I guess it's not really fully healed yet.. I hear it can take up to a year to feel normal again..and to tell you how I broke it my brother wanted a paper towel,I said you get so he pulled my arm and force me to the paper towel, well it cause the Febula to break...'; ' I've included a pic of my exray....! [IMG]http://i45.tinypic.com/2nrnbbc.jpg[/IMG]

Jul 26, 2012
Me too NEW
by: Anonymous

I broke mine too, spent a week with crutches and compression bandage, after swelling went down had x-ray and now have plaster for six weeks. I have been told NO weight bearing, to ensure bone doesn't shift, would then require fixing via surgery. As I struggle with crutches, I have a wheel chair too

Jul 23, 2012
don't over do NEW
by: Francine

I got an air-cast (on-line) and wore it for most of the time. At night - I wore the soft inside of the boot. After seven weeks, I used an elastic slip-on bandage. It took a good 6 months for the stiffness to go away.

Jul 22, 2012
Broken Fibula NEW
by: Anonymous

I spent 4 weeks in a cast after I broke my fibula from a nasty fall down a hill and now my doctor has given me a walking boot. I'm 19 and in pretty ok health he told me I'll be in the walking boot for the next 4 to 6 weeks but I'm hoping I can get it off in 2 O_o has anyone on worn their boot for 2 weeks?

Jul 04, 2012
Splint on a broken ankle NEW
by: Anonymous

I broke my left ankle it was in plaster for 5 and half weeks, I thought once the cast was off it would be okay,but when they took the cast off, I was given an ankle splint to wear but I wasn't told for how long, and to carry on using the crunches. so now i am unsure what to do

Jun 24, 2012
It's a long haul. NEW
by: Anonymous

I am 55, female and physically fit, or at least I was before I broke my fibula on March first. I did not need surgery because although the bone snapped in two, the two pieces fit together like puzzle pieces and remained aligned. I was in a soft cast for two weeks, followed by four weeks in a hard cast and then four weeks in a boot. Then, I graduated to a soft bootie - kind of a high tech ace bandage. I was doing so well, I was running around the living room playing with my dog when I slipped and slammed into the sofa, breaking the second toe on my already broken leg. This has slowed my recovery a lot. I am back to doing pilates and hope to get back to yoga soon, but I still can't hike and I have a feeling it's going to take a while to get back on the trails. Here is my advice:
1. Don't resort to comfort food or alcohol if you feel down, because you will gain weight and get even more depressed.
2. Don't overdo the physical therapy. Do exactly the amount they tell you to, no more, no less. I got overly ambitious and went home and did my routine five times. The next day, I was stiff and in pain.
3. Enjoy how nice total strangers are to you when you're in a cast. Unless you're a woman and have been pregnant before, you have never experienced this degree of random human kindness. Makes you feel better about the world.

Jun 24, 2012
It's a long haul. NEW
by: Anonymous

I am 55, female and physically fit, or at least I was before I broke my fibula on March first. I did not need surgery because although the bone snapped in two, the two pieces fit together like puzzle pieces and remained aligned. I was in a soft cast for two weeks, followed by four weeks in a hard cast and then four weeks in a boot. Then, I graduated to a soft bootie - kind of a high tech ace bandage. I was doing so well, I was running around the living room playing with my dog when I slipped and slammed into the sofa, breaking the second toe on my already broken leg. This has slowed my recovery a lot. I am back to doing pilates and hope to get back to yoga soon, but I still can't hike and I have a feeling it's going to take a while to get back on the trails. Here is my advice:
1. Don't resort to comfort food or alcohol if you feel down, because you will gain weight and get even more depressed.
2. Don't overdo the physical therapy. Do exactly the amount they tell you to, no more, no less. I got overly ambitious and went home and did my routine five times. The next day, I was stiff and in pain.
3. Enjoy how nice total strangers are to you when you're in a cast. Unless you're a woman and have been pregnant before, you have never experienced this degree of random human kindness. Makes you feel better about the world.

Jun 20, 2012
oblique Weber B fracture NEW
by: Anonymous

I was in a motorcycle accident on 4/27 and was put in a fiberglass cast and told absolutely no weight bearing. Crutches are such a pain.
After 7 weeks (last Thursday) I was put in a walking boot and was told to put 25-50% weight for the next two weeks and then try to go full weight in three weeks.
But for now there is still swelling & pain. The pt exercises I was told to do are moving my foot by using the ABCs and circles one way then the oposite. Does anyone out there know if these are typical physical therapy exercises for this type of injury? Or are there other options?

Jun 20, 2012
oblique Weber B fracture NEW
by: Anonymous

I was in a motorcycle accident on 4/27 and was put in a fiberglass cast and told absolutely no weight bearing. Crutches are such a pain.
After 7 weeks (last Thursday) I was put in a walking boot and was told to put 25-50% weight for the next two weeks and then try to go full weight in three weeks.
But for now there is still swelling & pain. The pt exercises I was told to do are moving my foot by using the ABCs and circles one way then the oposite. Does anyone out there know if these are typical physical therapy exercises for this type of injury? Or are there other options?

Jun 18, 2012
Weight bearing on broken fibula after 2 weeks? NEW
by: Becca

Hi all, I broke my fibula almost 2 weeks ago playing soccer (weber b malleolus break). There was a plaster cast on it initially but now I'm in a fiberglass cast. There is still some swelling and lots of bruising, but my ankle feels SO MUCH better. I almost feel as if I could start putting weight on it already.
I will of course do as my doctor says (he has requested weekly visits for x-rays due to some movement in other bones of my ankle during the injury). The pain is minimal and is only due to the discomfort of swelling in the confined space of my cast.

Jun 07, 2012
take it easy NEW
by: Francine

The doctor told me I was healed in 7 seven weeks but I was sore and stiff for months. The fibula is not a weight bearing bone so don't worry about being on it. Get a good elastic bandage and do some physical therapy to work the muscles and tendons. I found YouTube useful for broken ankle exercises.

Jun 07, 2012
take it easy NEW
by: Francine

The doctor told me I was healed in 7 seven weeks but I was sore and stiff for months. The fibula is not a weight bearing bone so don't worry about being on it. Get a good elastic bandage and do some physical therapy to work the muscles and tendons. I found YouTube useful for broken ankle exercises.

Jun 07, 2012
Fractured fibula weber B NEW
by: Jim

Hi, I broke my fibula playing Gaelic Football in Belfast, Ireland. After getting an ambulance to escort me to hospital, I got an X-ray and was put in a temporary cast. I returned to the hospital the following day for a further x-ray. I've had week by week x rays to ensure union of the bones and was told not to bear any weight on the ankle. I've noticed as the weeks have went by and a lighter cast being put on that when I get out of bed in the morning, the rush of blood to the foot gives extreme discomfort. But this has eased in the past two weeks. I'm in my 5th week of recovery and hope to back playing GAA in August 2012 at a competitive level. That's around 15 weeks from the break.. What are my chances!!!

Jun 06, 2012
Football NEW
by:

,i was playing football on saturday and i got hit in the ankle i went to the hospital and they couldnt see a break then 5 days later i got a phone call saying that it was broken its called a weber fracture not to sure what that is and how long im going to be stuck in plaster for but soo gutter

Jun 06, 2012
Football NEW
by:

,i was playing football on saturday and i got hit in the ankle i went to the hospital and they couldnt see a break then 5 days later i got a phone call saying that it was broken its called a weber fracture not to sure what that is and how long im going to be stuck in plaster for but soo gutter

Jun 01, 2012
Broken fibula (fib) NEW
by: Josh 29-04-12

Hi everyone
I play afl football in australia
I went to kick the ball but it had been
raining and i kicked the hard mud

I was 50 minutes away from the hospital
And went there the nurses said it looks
Awfull but it didnt feel that bad except if i
Lent on it very slightly.... I was put in a
temporary cast...
8 days later i was at the O/S and he said
It was a clean brake and he put a fibreglass
Cast and said 6 weeks (12th of june) and it
Is off no xray :)
I have lost alot of muscle :(
What i dont understand a clean brake
Shouldnt look awfull?? Right?
And does anyone no when
I can get back to playin footy And being able to jump




May 31, 2012
Accidental fall after surgery on broken fibula NEW
by: Anonymous

I fractured my fibula two weeks ago playing football and I had to get surgery where they put a plate and screws in they gavd me a half cast and told me to come in two weeks later it has been a week and a half since my surgery and today I accidentally fell and slammed my broken leg into the ground I had a little pain but not for very long and it didn't swell up how do I know if I did any damage prolonging my injury?

Apr 22, 2012
unlucky NEW
by: Chris

I fractured my fibula last Tuesday night playing sport. After spending couple hours at hospital I was sent home with a partial cast (with the foot placed 90 degrees for ligaments damage to heal. After receiving a letter from the O/S for my appointment (which will be 1day shy of 2weeks from injury) I am concerned if I might need surgery, as I am not covered by private health fund. It's the waiting game that's the hardest and the wordfind puzzle books are losing there appeal. Thank god for the Wii, Playstation, & xbox. Still the pain can be intense!

Apr 14, 2012
broken ankle NEW
by: Elsbeth

I broke my right ankle 12 days ago. It is a triangular break at the tip of the fibula. It is slightly away from the bone structure but did not move, so no surgery was necessary. I was given an aircast moon boot to wear. I have to wear it for 4 weeks and after that another thing (do not know the name in English) for support of my ankle. Sometimes my ankle on the outside where the break is pain a lot. Is this after 12 days normal? Am I allowed to take the moon boot off when I lie on my bed? Sometimes my foot underneath feels as if it is burning. When can I start to put weight on my foot in the moon boot?
I am scheduled to fly to Australia the 8th of May on holiday. Must I take something with me eg. crutches or anything else?

Jan 23, 2012
Bored stupid NEW
by: Jeanettie

Hi all just to say i fell and broke my fibula bone an the 17th december . Just before xmas what a bummer eh. Got put in a back slap cast until the day after boxing day.I then had surgery and a metal plate and 7 screws put in .I am going stir crazy home here as i am very active and love walking the dog.I go back to hospital in 10 days time and then have it xrayed. I am hoping the cast will be removed then and i have a boot . My poor hands have got callouses all over them now . Oh for the time when i can weight bear again without these crutches . Good luck to all of you out there in the same predicament.

Dec 12, 2011
my experience NEW
by: Anonymous

T Tamija: Tell the doctor you want a cast. I had insisted that I didn't want a cast when I fractured my rt. fibula and used an air cast (which was good) but It took a lot longer to heal because my ankle was not as stabilized as it would have been in a cast. A walking cast would have helped me heal especially if the bone is displaced. Stay off of it as much as you can, I paid for it by not giving my ankle time to heal.

By the way, I now have a cast on my wrist because I fell - again. So now I know the difference betw. having a cast and not!

Dec 10, 2011
Displaced Fibula NEW
by: Temija

Okay, I am still lost here. 10/17/11 I took a fall and broke the left fibula with then a displaced fracture of 1mm about 1.5" above the ankle(along with the fact I also broke my right tibia with a hairline fracture in the ankle.) My O/S put boots on both legs. I saw him the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and he told me I could do without the boot on the right leg (the tibia/ankle injury) and put weight on it (prescribed a walker at that point to keep me off the left one and I had been in a wheelchair until then). He re-xrayed the left leg also then and the break had moved from 1mm to 2mm, so instead of healing it had moved further apart. I was told to completely keep any weight off the left leg/fibula so that it wouldn't move further. To wear the boot 24/7. Well, the boot slips down during the time I am trying to sleep so that the leg and foot don't stay properly in place. There is still considerable pain in the left leg and even the right tibia/ankle is very painful (and it swells and discolors.) The left leg fibula is still very bruised now at almost 8 weeks out. The last visit before Thanksgiving, my O/S mentioned when I see him on 12/14 he'll check the displacement and will either opt for a cast or surgery. We are talking this is 8 weeks out now. Anyone have any advice and if surgery, how long was your surgery/hospital stay and recovery time and any bad results? I want to weigh all options as I feel this should have been cast long ago if he didn't want bone displacement further from the initial 1mm. Any thoughts would be helpful as 12/14 is fast approaching, not to mention it's the holiday time and I really don't want this at Christmas. Opinions and experiences appreciated. Thanks ~ Teresa

Nov 17, 2011
Distal fibula NEW
by: Barbar

I had a non-displaced fracture of my distal fibula on Sept 9, 2011. Rest is what you do until the bone heals. Hope you like reading, movies or for me it it was my x-box and iPad To keep me busy. I did not need surgery and as long as I did not move around much the bone never did move and healed properly. It seems like forever but after once the bone begins to heal you will be ok and in 6-8 weeks you can walk again.

Nov 07, 2011
Rugby Injury
by: Anonymous

I wonder if people still read this. I broke my fibula playing in a rugby match two days ago. At first I played it off as a hurt ankle. Something I am susceptible to. After day two of not being able to weight bear I figured a doctors visit would be best. Turns out I have a small fracture in the fibula and little/no displacement. I pray, pray, PRAY I won't need surgery. This break is on my right leg which effects so much! I have completely taken advantage of the privilege of having two legs! I can't drive. Doing laundry/gathering laundry is SO hard. Showering is scary and difficult. Making/getting food is a chore. UGH! Thank the Lord for my girlfriend and mother. I'd be so lost without them. Tomorrow I meet the orthopedic doctor to get a idea of what the next few months look like.

Jun 16, 2011
Easy Does It! - Epilogue
by: CarolynC

Went for an X ray after 6 weeks in the air cast. The OS pronounced me healed and fit to travel. Optional review in 3 months.

After about 4 weeks in the aircast. I got an "evenup" to strap to the shoe on the good leg. This balances the height difference between the shoe and the aircast, taking the strain off your joints. I felt confident to lose the crutches, eventually, and walked freely. I could even mop the floor n stand to cook.

It has been 91 days to healing - without surgery. The OS said that another 3 more months are needed for the bone to gain full strength. I could come in for an optional review then.

Now, to rehab the leg/ankle muscles n ligaments. BTW he didn't assign PT. So, I guess it'll be youtube PT in my case.

I owe my healing to the faithfulness of God, who said He would heal me without surgery - and did. Also, my thanks to all who rallied around with prayer n love. Every prayer is one step nearer to breakthrough. Thanks also to all of the contributors to this page, whose stories encouraged me and also taught me how to sit out the healing time.

3/18/11 Weber A (fibula) fracture, backslab
4/14/11 Short leg cast
5/5/11 Aircast, PWB
6/16/11 Healed! FWB
9/8/11 Optional review


May 09, 2011
Easy Does It!
by: CarolynC

Broke my fibula (Danis Weber A) at the bottom of the bone on Mar 18 2011. Fall while doing aerobics in the gym. No displacement of bone. No surgery. OS considers it a small fracture.

3 Weeks Backslab/bandage. No union of bones.
4 Weeks leg cast, NWB
6 weeks air cast n crutches, PWB.

Just started my 6 weeks of air cast. OS review in mid-June. Initially a bandage may be put on if there is swelling. When the swelling has subsided, a cast can be made.

I am 52, female and diabetic. Physically fairly fit but overweight. All these are factors that can slow down bone healing. As you can see from my progress, 6 - 8 weeks is normal before a cast can be removed - even for a small fracture. So must be patient.

Then, you can go on to PWB. Bearing weight actually jogs the body into building bone, I actually do not feel pain in the injury area, sometimes have vague aches. No swelling. Although the air cast is heavy, it is very secure.

Relax and realise that you have to put life on a lower gear for now. Keep sugar levels in check. My appetite reduced naturally to accommodate the reduced activity in my life. I have actually lost more weight now than pre-injury.

Vit D and C help in bone healing, besides calcium. Your body makes better quality Vit D from sunlight than supplements - and it's free. Just be in the sun every day for 10 min or more is fine. no need to sunbathe.

Control intake of red meat which can mess calcium absorption. You can get good calcium from other food than milk e.g. leafy green veg.

Take care of your good leg. I wear a knee supporter on it as it has to bear weight. Exercise your upper body: hand weights, seated exercises but do not do anything for the injured leg without clearance from OS/PT. May end up with further injury (groan!) and delayed healing.

The fact that my OS did not even bother to take X-rays after 7 weeks shows that healing may be slow. My next X ray will be afer 13 weeks.

All the best to all of us in the same boat. Thanks for your stories. They encouraged me to share mine. It may be a slow boat but we will get there! Cheers!



May 02, 2011
fractured fibula with surgery
by: Anonymous

I silpped on black ice and fractured my fibula near the ankle on March 17th.I got surgery exactly one week later and I now have a metal plate and 6 screws in my ankle.I was in a hard cast for 3 weeks post surgery and then got an air cast for another 3 weeks( 1 week left with it) The air cast is amazing compared to the hard cast, you can at least take it off and and wash and ice your ankle. When they took off the hard cast my leg was digusting lol, full of dead skin hairy and really skinny. Its amazing how fast muscle mass is lost. 1 week into the air cast my doc told me i could start partial weight bearing, so i bought an exersice bike and have been doing 15km on it eveyday with no resistance. I;m actually starting to see my muscle slowly come back :) My ankle has been bothering me a little lately so i switched from my stationnary bike to lying on my back and doing the cycling motion, its actually a really good erxsice my legs were quite sore but you really have to exaggerate the cycling motion, you can get a good workout from it. I will be allowed to start full weight bearing on it in 4 days ( 6 weeks post surgery), im exited but i know ot will still be really painfull. I will start physical therapy as soon as I can.PT is key!!! As an avid athlete who has has numeous injuries I know the benefits of it and it will help speed up the healing process.
I wish you all a speedy recovery!! It sucks but you will get through it! It's an experience that makes you appreciate your physical health thats for sure.

female - 24 - athlete

Apr 13, 2011
week #9 of fractured fibula & no end in sight ??
by: Beth

PJfromChicago & Michelle...when I read your stories I couldnt believe the similarities!! I,too,slipped on the ice back on Feb.5th...& I,too,had limited swelling & no bruising but was unable to bear any weight & was in severe pain. My bf insisted it couldnt be broken due to the lack of bruising & swelling & when I went to the ER the next morning(Super Bowl Sunday)the nurse & the doctor didnt think it was either...but to all their surprise,I had a fracture of the distal fibula...& quite a significant one...split up on an angle!! It was splinted & wrapped in the ER & I was given crutches. I was seen by the Orthopedic Doctor the following Wednesday who simply put it in an air cast, told me to use the crutches & not to bear weight on it, & keep it elevated (& gave me a lot of Lortabs). After a few follow-ups he said to try to start putting some weight on it...which i was able to...& since have been able to do some walking on it per his instructions at subsequent visits...but now facing PT for the muscle atrophy. My concerns lie in the fact that at both my last visit about a week ago & the previous visit 3 weeks before I was told that they are "STARTING to see SOME healing"??? I & many people around me wondered from the start if I should have been casted...& now are questioning that fact even more & also whether or not surgery should have been/should be done as,although the doctor says the bones are aligned,there is a sinificant gap between the two pieces of bone & how long is that going to take to come together on its own!? I have begun to look for someone to give me a second opinion about my treatment but no luck so far?? I jus wanna be back to normal!! My daughter is getting married in July & I would like to be back on my feet,be able to put on a decent pair of shoes, & be able to dance at her wedding!! & I'd also like to get back to work sometime in the near future !!

Apr 09, 2011
Every case is different
by: RN

It's frightening to read so many posts of people asking if they should have surgery or not based on others experiences with their own broken bones. EVERY CASE IS DIFFERENT! A health professional must look at all angles of the break (type of break, location, age of patient, history). Just because someone didn't require surgery for a fibula fx on here and healed fine does NOT mean that you will be fine and should not have surgery if the orthopedist recommends it. There have been many good questions on here, which others in similar situations are great sources for limited information. That being said deciding on a treatment option should be discussed with a health professional rather than someone who has also broken his or her fibula since each break may be drastically different.

Apr 03, 2011
Broken Fibula Week #7
by: PJfromChicago

This is the follow up report from Feb. 15th, 2011. Diagnosed broken fibula on Feb. 14th, 2011. I saw the Dr. of Orthopaedic Surgery on Feb. 22nd, no X-rays were taken as he said it was a simple fracture. He had me fitted for a walking boot. The walking boot is tricky and you need to still be very careful when going up or down stairs. Day after day the swelling decreased and after about 4 days with the boot I was basically using one crutch. (Two crutches when outside or icey conditions.) On the third week I scheduled an appt. with my massage therapist to get a basic deep tissue massage and have her work my leg that was injured. She did a remarkable job and my movement on the ankle improved dramatically. (Please note you need to be very selective when choosing a therapist and make sure that they have sports related injury experience.)By the fouth week I was w/o crutches and just the boot. I was able to walk better out of the boot than in the boot. I returned to the Dr. on March 22nd for my 5 week exam and he took a set of 3 X-rays. He said there was good bone growth but the leg was not fully fused. (Connected.) At that point he gave me a list of exercises and removed the boot. So, at this point you are back to square #1 because you have to learn to use the muscles all over again and on top of that still have to be very careful. Today is exactly 7 weeks and I am walking with a slight limp but gaining significant movement in the ankle/leg. Basically, at this point the Dr. told me to be more active than inactive. I will not start to work out until after 8 weeks as I need to be ready for the beach volleyball season quickly approaching. I still can not believe I slipped on a patch of ice and did this to my body. But, it will make me stronger in the long run I believer. (Michelle where do you live?)

I also took a supplement called 'Bone Strength' by NOW Vitamins. It has an MCHA compound known to aid bone strength. I have good movement at this point however I still have weakness in the muscles.

Mar 22, 2011
8 months
by: Francine

It has been a little over 8 months since I fractured my right fibula. I still have a little stiffness and soreness. My doctor told me it can take up to a year to heal. I'm 59 and this was my first break, so I am waiting.
My ankle is still weak and seems as if it would not take much for me to injure it again.

Anybody have any thoughts about this? or can relate?

Mar 22, 2011
Surprise of the Day for a Dr.
by: Michelle

To Broken Fibula by: PJfromChicago

When i read your story it sounded like you were writing mine!!! The exact same thing happened to me on Friday March 18th. I slipped on some ice and couldnt put any weight on my leg. I hobbled around my house for two days following the rest, ice, compression, elevation therory. Like you I didnt have much swelling and no bruising. My right leg mainly hurt on the outside of it.

I finally broke down and sat in the emerg department yesterday. The Dr. said he didnt think i had broken anything because of the symptons I was displaying....but sent me for Xrays anyway. When I got back to the Dr. after the Xray he said I was his surprise of the day!!! I had fractured my fibula. I am now in a cast for a week then have an appt with the ortho. I hope the cast will come off soon as I am registered in a Weekend To End Womens Cancer on June 4-5th 60km walk......

Let me know what your results were PJfrom Chicago

Feb 15, 2011
Boken Fibula
by: PJfromChicago

I was walking to get breakfast on 2/13/2011 and went down an incline and my left leg slipped undermeath me on some ice and I heard a 'snap' and then went down hard. I had significant trouble trying to stand back up but was barely able to put any FBW on my left leg. I was able to stumble back to my apartment and then up 3 flights of stairs and then rested the entire day hobbling around my apartment. I thought it may have been a high ankle sprain as back in college I had a 3rd degree sprain on my left ankle sliding hard into 3rd base. The only symptom I had besides a moderately swollen side calf muscle was trying to put any weight on the leg. (When I had injured my ankle it had swelled up and was black and blue.) This fall was different because I only had some moderate swelling so I didn't think at the time anything was broken. My Tibula seemed fine and my muscles were sore on the LEFT side of the leg. Well, after a very restess night of sleeping I went to the ER first thing Monday morning and the doctor immediately ordered X-rays. Diagnosis - Simple Fracture of the Left Fibula. They wrapped the left leg from the middle calf to the toes in a boot splint and I am hobling around on crutches although able to put some moderate body weight on the heel with the crutches in hand as hoping on crutches is a pain. I am now a SWM - 44.
I have an appointment with the O/S next week and will post an update on the progress.

Dec 03, 2010
Fibula Surgery
by: matthew

I fractured the lower filula on 30 november. Went to accident and emergency department. At first the doctor thought it was a sprain, and did not seem to worried. But, once the xray came in, I was ordered into a wheelchair, not to put any weight on the foot, put into a cast and given crutches.

Was told to come back in 3 weeks, and it was very important to see the bone specialist. Said it would take up to 6 months to fully heal.

Now; if i was a student, 6 months to heal would be fine, and i could get time off school etc.

But, I am self employed, and time is money for me, so after 1 day limping arround the house, and in pain while sleeping, i decided to go see a specialist.

porter at the hospital mentioned, "doctor Kevin Yip" very expensive. Anyways, i disregarded his wise words and went to see the specialist.

THe specialist immediately took again an xray, and mentioned, I had fractured the fibula with a slight misallignment.

He then showed me how it could be screwed together, qnd I would be up and walking within 3 days.

The estimated cost 7000 USD plus hospital costs.

Well, 6 months vs 3 days, did not take me long to decide to sign up for it.

No sooner had i signed up for it, i started thinking, it was only a small fracture, i could already bear some weight on the foot with little pain..But, having put down a deposit and agreed to the surgery, it was a bit late to back out.

So, off a few hours later, nurse called and pushed me down to surgery level of the hospital. Beyond the point of no return.

Anyways, the operation I was unconcious and did not feel a thing. It was at 7PM. Woke up next morning with a slight pain in my ankle.

About 12.00 that day, after some calls, doctor eventually paid a short visit, with some xrays also.

The xrays showed a long screw inserted up the fibula bone, connecting the fractured part. That looked so scary. Today, able to walk but only with crutches and special boot (no cast), cant put full weight on the leg.

Total cost of the surgery 11,000 USD. ouch.




Nov 04, 2010
Fractured Fibula, Lateral Malleolus
by: AMalek

About 10 days, while walks down stairs in my house, I missed the final step rolling my ankle. My foot twisted inwards, hard and fast, causing me to fall to the floor. The intense combination of the pain and fall triggered an "oh shit!" moment in my mind that something went wrong and I was injured.

The next morning I went to the ER to evaluate my ankles conditions and after taking x-rays concluded the fibula fractured. A couple days went by and I saw a sports medicine expert who said the ankle and bones are stable, no surgery will be needed. Given an aircast and crutches I was sent on my way.

Now, I get around without putting any weight on my foot, for the pain would not be tolerable. It's incredibly difficult to find a comfortable position to sleep, by far the worst part about this fracture. I am looking forward to the time where I can actually get by and walk on my foot, even with a limp. I want to be able to walk without pain.

Recovery will take its course here and I must wait it out. The dr. believes it will talk six weeks before I can remove the cast and place weight on my ankle, beginning the physical therapy recovery phase. I pray it'll move by faster. Its almost ski season!!

Nov 04, 2010
Walking boot and crutches
by: Luke

Hi,thanks for that but because I have lost so much muscle I am still walking with the crutches.it's been 6 days since my cast came off,I have no pain and the ankle is getting it's movement back everyday.I am also full weight bearing in the walking boot with no pain,just some nerves in the sole of my foot hurting abit.
When shall I start to walk properly without the crutches?

Oct 27, 2010
Give it time
by: Francine

It's been 14 weeks since I fractured my fibula and I still have some stiffness and still limp a little.
Driving shouldn't be a problem. I started driving 6 weeks after because I had to go back to work and it was my right ankle. An slip-on elastic bandage is a good support.

Oct 26, 2010
Broken left ankle
by: Luke

Hi all,I broke my left ankle(fibula) nearly 6 weeks ago.didn't have any surgery just a cast.I have lost loads of muscle from my leg.I used to play football 4 times a week and broke it by falling over on the pitch.the bones still inline but with a crack through it if that makes sence.
I have been booked off work for two months.I work on the railway so I'm on my feet 24/7.I was just wondering when will I be able to walk properly/get back to work?also to make my situation worse we have a baby on the way and I really need the money.also one last question-when will I be able to drive again?

Luke

Oct 20, 2010
I want to walk
by: Coach

4 weeks ago I was coaching a high school football game when 2 players collided at the sideline into my left leg breaking my fibula about an inch above the ankle. Went to the ER as it swelled up quickly and I couldn't put any weight on it. They put me in a splint and told me to see the ortho within a few days. When I saw the ortho a week later he told me to keep the splint on for 2 more weeks and come back and see him. 2 weeks later he took me out of the splint and put me in a boot and told me surgery was not needed, but still no walking for 3 more weeks. I have 2 weeks to go until he will let me walk but after reading so many stories on this site I am confused about the variety of methods different Doctors use, especially when it comes to how long you need to wait before you can walk. Does anyone know why there is such a difference? It is killing me not being able to get around, especially as a football coach.

Oct 18, 2010
Broken Fibula/nerve issues
by: Anonymous

About two weeks ago at work I was slammed into the ground on the side of my ankle breaking my fibia in 2 places just above the ankle. It required 6 screws and a plate and I was placed in a hardened splint for the first 8 days. I've been recently placed in a walking boot but told to stay off it for the next two weeks until the next doc visit and then maybe I can begin to try putting weight on it. I've been taking the boot off for about 15-20 minues a day and doing exercises to keep everything in good working order and to speed up my recovery a little bit. Once I feel any uncomfort I stop and put the boot back on as Doc directed. My only concern is the possibility of nerve damage seeing as doc explained my "nerve kept getting in the way and may be irritated." Anyone else have numbness/tingling on the outside of the foot and around the ankle and if so, how long did it typically take. It's really starting to worry me and doc's "dont worry about it, it will be fine" wasn't very reassuring.

Oct 01, 2010
Bustef Fibula and tore ligaments in foot
by: Anonymous

I'm 43 but am active like a teenager. I was surfing and went for a standard aerial, landed, and think my foot stuck and I fell forward. I didn't really know what happened but I thought I felt a pop right when I wiped out. As soon as I made it to the surface I put a little pressure and it was excruciating.

I found out that I broke my fibula in 1/2 and in 5 different places and worst of all I twisted my ankle almost 90 degrees to the left (my left foot). Anyhow that was right after a great swell of July 4th weekend. The doctor initially suggested surgery but the cast guy said he might be able to fix the foot w/o surgery. Apparently all my ligaments in my foot tore from the bottom, in back on both sides of the achilles, all around the ankle and so forth. The cast doc twisted my foot up super tight and rotated it inwards. Man that was painful. So what I thought my fibula was the bad thing but it turns out my ankle was a zillion times worse.

I've been out from surfing for almost 3 months and I am hoping to be surfing by December. I've sprained my ankle before but nothing like this. Fortunately I can walk but I can't wear shoes. Surfing is 100% using your ankles so I know it will strenghten but I've got so much darn aprothy that everything is stiff and swollen. It would be nice if I could see my achilles tendon so I know I would be close to surfing but it's not happening as fast as I'd like. I'm just doing a lot of stretching and toe push ups, ABC's with my foot and so forth.

The injury was a good wake up call to let me know I'm getting old and I don't need to try to keep up with the 16 year olds.

Oct 01, 2010
Bustef Fibula and tore ligaments in foot
by: Anonymous

I'm 43 but am active like a teenager. I was surfing and went for a standard aerial, landed, and think my foot stuck and I fell forward. I didn't really know what happened but I thought I felt a pop right when I wiped out. As soon as I made it to the surface I put a little pressure and it was excruciating.

I found out that I broke my fibula in 1/2 and in 5 different places and worst of all I twisted my ankle almost 90 degrees to the left (my left foot). Anyhow that was right after a great swell of July 4th weekend. The doctor initially suggested surgery but the cast guy said he might be able to fix the foot w/o surgery. Apparently all my ligaments in my foot tore from the bottom, in back on both sides of the achilles, all around the ankle and so forth. The cast doc twisted my foot up super tight and rotated it inwards. Man that was painful. So what I thought my fibula was the bad thing but it turns out my ankle was a zillion times worse.

I've been out from surfing for almost 3 months and I am hoping to be surfing by December. I've sprained my ankle before but nothing like this. Fortunately I can walk but I can't wear shoes. Surfing is 100% using your ankles so I know it will strenghten but I've got so much darn aprothy that everything is stiff and swollen. It would be nice if I could see my achilles tendon so I know I would be close to surfing but it's not happening as fast as I'd like. I'm just doing a lot of stretching and toe push ups, ABC's with my foot and so forth.

The injury was a good wake up call to let me know I'm getting old and I don't need to try to keep up with the 16 year olds.

Sep 24, 2010
fractured fibula after 11 weeks
by: Francine

Checking back after 11 weeks of my own fracture.

It took seven weeks for the bone to heal. I was told to stay in good supporting sneakers and wear an ankle support. And I was given exercises to do. After 11 weeks I am still limping a little and a little stiff, and I still can't wear certain shoes that I wore before. It is getting better, though, but still hurts some. The dr. said it could take up to six months so I guess you have to be patient.

Sep 24, 2010
air /gel cast
by: Francine

I got my air / gel cast online for under $40. Just do a search. It was the best thing for supporting my ankle and you can put the inserts in the freezer.

Sep 23, 2010
left fibula
by: honda 1800

I had a motorcycle accident on April 19 > I broke my left fibula and my left big toe.(traveling 60 and missing a curve I am lucky to be alive)I saw the doctor on the 22nd and he confirmed the injury that the hospital emergency room diagnois. The doctor put me in a temp cast to let the swellling go down. He wants to see me on the 27th to put a fiberglass cast on for 6 to 8 weeks I have read in comments on this web page that several people mention Gel Aircast. Can anyone tell me where i can get more info on this type of support ?

Aug 18, 2010
Bad Break
by: Anonymous

Hi i fell getting out of the car heard a snap n thought it was the heel on my shoe until i tried to move my leg n the pain i got was unbearable, so instead of going out ta celebrate my birthday it was of to A@E where i thought broken leg plaster it n off hme but no it was a lot worse, i had dislicated my left ankle, fractured my fib twice and my tib was fractured once i was gutted 5 days in hospital 3 waiting for surgery. I now hve a metal plate with pins in it and then a big pin going up my ankle i did this in april 24th 2010 n i am still finding it hard ta walk. I was non weight baring for the first 6 weeks n was in plaster for 10 weeks i recently went away n when i cme back i had n infection in my leg but after several antibiotics it is now getting better. I 2 thought i would never walk again but time is a great healer n i am getting there slowly. I wnt be wearing heels for a very long time.

Jul 31, 2010
air /gel cast works great
by: Francine

I fractured my fibula three weeks ago stepping off a curb. The doctor put me into a big boot which did nothing to stabilize my ankle at all. Someone told me about a gel / air cast, which I got on-line for $40. It feels great and gives my ankle all the support it needs.
Wish I would have known to just do this instead of spending lots of money at the doctors. Maybe this will help someone else.

Jul 06, 2010
TIBIA, FIBULA AND ANKLE FRACTURE
by: JESSICA

HI, I HAD A DEADLY CAR CRASH 2 YEARS AGO AND HAD SEVERAL FRACTURES IN MY RIGHT LEG; TIBIA,FIBULA AND ANKLE. I DID 3 SURGERIES SO FAR AND IT IS AFTER THE THIRD SURGERY THAT I FINALLY FOUND A RESULT WITH THE BONES CALCIFICATION! THE ANKLE NOW IS SUFFERING FROM PSEUDOARTHROSIS. IN 2 YEARS I GAINED 25 KILOS AND IT BOTHERS ME A LOT SINCE I USED TO DO LOTS OF SPORTS ACTIVITIES AND I SUDDENLY FOUND MYSELF UNABLE TO DO ANY OF THEM. AM ON DIET NOW, BUT NOT FINDING ANY RESULT!! WHAT TO DO??? I ALSO HAVE ANOTHER SURGERY NEXT OCTOBER. CAN YOU GUYS HELP ME?

Jun 25, 2010
Broke Fibula.
by: Will

I recently Broke ( fractured ) my right Fibula, it was from wearing worn out boots with no tread on wet grass while carrying a ladder, i rolled my right ankle OUTWARDS and a very loud POP insued after, thus i fell to the ground like a tree, cussing and cursing the whole time from the pain,
after a hospital visit, i was lucky to find that they decided i needed no surgery, it was a spiral fracture, and was 2 MM out of alignment, when i fell i did not get up or try and walk, lucky for me someone was near by and helped me.
Pain killers and a hard cast later, i am Captain Crutch, hobbling around, accidently kicking things over, including the cat, worst part of this whole thing is the Wait, swelling is terrible, for me the first 2 1/2 weeks was the worst, afterwards, it started getting managable, being able to stand somewhat on it but most the weight on the non broken leg. cast starting to get a lil loose, and feeling better, I been taking Calcium pills to help the process,along with a good diet, i was told processed sugars like in candy hinder the calcium somewhat in the bone repairing process, something to do with screwing up minerals and so on.
Best always to Keep legs propped up, take advil or motrin for swelling, try and NOT get hot, while having the cast on, your leg will swell, and get tight, uncomfortable, dont get up if you dont have to, drink milk!~ or something rich in calcium, if your taking pain meds be aware you will or might need a laxitiv or stool softner, or just eat lots of fiber, try and be patient, and try and keep your mind off it if the cast bothers you a lot, You will also has muscle spasms at times, right around the time you fall asleep, your foot might jump and cause you to jump out of a dead sleep with enough pain, this is my frist break of a bone, it sucks and i will baby it for a long time, i have another 3 1/2 weeks of a cast, after that it comes off and dont know what else, dont know if this insight helps in anyway, but give a person what they could possobly look forward to, OHif you have to scratch, get someone to get you a yard stick and round the tip off a bit smooth so it doesnt catch your sock inside the cast, the metal from a hanger can possibly irrtate the skin, if you rub your hand on a hanger a few times it stinks like steel or some chemical, that will be on your leg in the cast and might cause a itch at times if your sensitive.
Hope this might help.

Jun 18, 2010
Re: Raphael
by: Anonymous

hey i actually had the same injury basically back in late november. the doctor said i could choose either option. I chose the cast with no surgery. Mine was so bad i was unable to walk about 7 hours after the injury. so the doctor put a small cast on my foot/ankle until i went to my orthopedic doctor to have them put on the hard cast. i needed to use crutches for 6 weeks with absolutely no pressure on my foot. it was rough. but it healed up. after the 6 weeks, and after my forearms were basically bleeding, they took the cast off. they gave me a brace then in order to get used to walking again. the bone was not completely healed but it was good enough to walk on. i was unable to walk normally for about 3-4 days after it and finally got to jogging a good 3 weeks after. i have to say, my ankle was not good to play a full contact sport until about april. the doctor then told me surgery may have been fully healed by late march or so. not much of a difference, just different physical therapy. i didn't feel like having a scar and now my leg is stronger than ever.
hope this helps!

Jun 18, 2010
Spiral fibular fracture
by: Rapha

Hi,

Four days ago I fell while playing basketball and experienced some major pain. I thought it was only a sprain, but since I couldn't notice any improvement after three days, I decided to visit a doctor.

It turns out that I have a spiral fibular fracture. It looks pretty serious. It's located about an inch above the ankle, and I can see a ~4mm displacement in the X-ray. It really looks as if the bone was snapped in two.

The doctor very strongly recommends surgery, but I could also get a cast instead. She says that recovery would probably be much slower and possibly incomplete with the cast. I've never had surgery so I'd rather avoid it, but I won't hesitate if it's clearly the best option.

I've read this thread and it looks like there's an even split between surgery and no surgery. I don't know how serious other people's fractures were though. Has anyone gotten a clear fracture with 4mm displacement? What was your experience and healing process?

Thanks,

Raphael

Jun 08, 2010
my pain
by: jayne

dismounted my horse and came down on right leg wrong, told it was a pulled muscle. its been 2 weeks and know better. it hurts if walking up a hill and some time if i put weight on it to hard it goes out from under me it hurts so bad.it only hurts in one spot about 4 fingers down from side of knee. if i flex my foot up it hurts. does any one have these problems , should i go back to doctor??????

Jun 07, 2010
Debby
by: Shopgirl

Debby,
Sorry to hear about your accident it's really hard to adjust to having a broken bone. If you read below you can see where I wrote my findings on how to survive day to day life with a cast. I spent a lot of time rolling around in my house on my office chair. But the good news is you will get better. Best of luck to you.

Jun 06, 2010
Joining the club
by: debby

Never thought I'd be surfing the net for broken leg sites, but here I am. I was walking on uneven pavement, rolled the right ankle and tried to catch my balance on the left....the left fibula snapped at the ankle and I fell on my butt. 3 days later, I had orif and 2 days after that, came home. It's now 7 days since the injury and may I just say...OUCH. I'm currently on NWB and wheelchair and walker bound. My doctor was pretty elusive....I only saw him for the initial diagnosis and for a few minutes prior to surgery, so I know very little of what to expect and my followup appointment is not for 7 to 10 days. How long would you think until I'm able to return to my office (desk) job? Right now, my main problem is the pain makes it difficult to get around, and I'm worried about hobbling from the parking lot to my office. This is my first broken bone, so I don't know what to expect as far as pain duration and all that. Any advice is appreciated!

Jun 05, 2010
hard time after break
by: bob

i broke me fibula falling down me stairs, ha ha i dont what a twit,i was walking on it a week the thought there must be somthink wrong,i was plasterd for 6 weeks what a nightmare,it was torture,couldnt get about, plasters off now,but lots of swelling in me foot,is that normal, love to all bob

May 28, 2010
GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT
by: Gillybean

I broke my fibula in May 2009, had internal fixation (metal plate and 7 screws), 5 days in hospital (3 of those waiting for the operation, 2 recovering!), 6 weeks in pot then 4 weeks in special blue velcro moon boot thing which meant at least I could have a proper shower/bath. At the time I was in hospital I really felt I would never ever walk again, I was so upset to be out of action and the thought of being in pot for 6 weeks filled me with dread. I had to have lots of time off work as I could not physically get there and lost hundreds of pounds. My recovery went well, I did as I was told by the Doc. The swelling seemed to take ages to go down and was pretty painful for a while but, bit by bit, the swelling went and now, a year later I have barely a scar and feel my operated ankle is actually stronger than the other one now!!! I didn't have any physiotherapy, simply walking and gentle stretching seemed to do it for me. It took time though.... The thought of wearing heels or even putting weight on just the ball of my foot at one time made me wince but I am now back in my 3" wedges and feeling comfortable and confident in them! So, if you are feeling like I did, as if there was no light at the end of the tunnel, stick with it, the daytime telly is hell I know but you really will be back to how you were or, even better! Email me for any words of support or with any questions. Love, Gill. GCurran@gsbsolicitors.com

May 20, 2010
exercises for a fractured leg
by: runner

hi guys,

i fractured my fibula a week ago and i'm having trouble looking up exercises to do- besides abs and upper body. i hate not moving around but at the same time i dnt want to aggravate the healing process b/c i want to be back and running asap. any suggestions on leg exercises to do?

thanks!

May 19, 2010
Surgery for broken fbula
by: Cari

I broke my fibula in a biking mishap. I fell and even though my biking shoe came out of the clipless binding - I must have fell on it "wrong." Anyway the doctor I went to did surgery a week later once the selling came down. I have a plate and seven pins. The break was diagonal and I guess spiral.

I've been in a splint for nine days now -- icing it with some crazy biochill tube that goes from a cooler intothe splint. It's a neat contraption. I'm also using this roll about device that I put my knee on and I don't use the crutches except for rare occasions. I'm doing some upper body and abs - but generally keeping the leg elevated and icing. I expect to get the splint off on Friday (11 days after surgery - 19 days after the injury). I expect I'll start PT and have a boot... any suggestions or things I should know or expect?

Apr 28, 2010
Broken Fibula
by: Anonymous

Hi all, I fractured my fibula on my left leg on the 3rd of april 2010. The was fracture was not displaced and did not require surgery. The fracture was around 3/4 the way up my leg, I was placed in a cast on the 7th of april and expect to get it off on the 10th of may. I have completely no pain in my leg since about a week after the accident happened. The cast I was placed in goes all the way from my toes to my hip and getting around is extremely hard due to the weight of the cast. I am just wondering if anybody else had to get a cast so big as i have not heard of this from any other patient? It seems completely unnecessary and physios have told me that i should be putting weight on my leg by now and can not understand the doctors reasoning for this. It is very frustrating as my leg is gradually losing muscle, any feedback will be greatly appreciated.

Apr 08, 2010
Broken Fibula
by: Anonymous

Hi! I just want to ask some questions regarding my broken fibula. the accident happened last first week of feb 2010 during our basketball game. My friends told me that its just a normal sprain or something so im not worried at all since the pain started to subside. after two months, the pain stared again so I decided to go to hospital for a check up. Unfortunately, we found out that I had a two points fractured fibula on lower part near my ankle. My doctor gave me a medicine and told me that casting is not necessary since the bones are currently healing by it self. I just want to ask if its possible to heal it alone without any operations or casting? here is the link for the XRAY i had. If any one can help me regarding this matter, it will be very much appreciated. blade052003@yahoo.com http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s59/blade052003/legs.jpg

Mar 09, 2010
For everyone again
by: Dreamlord

HI it's still me Dreamlord. my fibula break will turn 1 year soon. And as far as progress is concerned well guys, i played basketball again and both my legs are in good shape now. I've been running and jumping alot. Hang in there fellas.

Feb 22, 2010
15 year old with Fibula break
by: Anonymous

My son broke his fibula playing basketball on Tuesday, February 16th. He was put in a splint in emergency room. Next day went to Ortho. They did not cast it. Said he would be walking on it in about a week. He is walking but leg is a bit stiff -- no pain. Has a support sock. I am concerned he is doing things too fast. Doctor says he can start hitting and throwing a baseball 3 weeks from injury.

Feb 02, 2010
mid-shin fibula break - no brace
by: KR

I broke the fibula midway high on the shin from someone colliding with me. Limped in for Xrays a 2 days later and showed a non-displaced break halfway between ankle and knee. No ankle stability issues, no noticable swelling. My general doc talked with the radiologist and they concluded I didn't need a cast or brace. Treatment was to "not do things that make it hurt". As long as there is no pain, it's healing. When I asked how long to heal he said "a couple weeks". I think most of the pain was from soft tissue trauma and that is going away fast. As of day 4, I could walk without pain as long as I didn't extend and raise up on the calf muscle. Now at 12 days I can extend the calf and jump at 25% effort without pain. As soon as the pain is gone, I'll be playing basketball which feels like another week. Not alot of posts on web from folks with minor fib breaks. I think the ortho docs would probably put me in a brace for 6 weeks as they have liability issues and its no skin off their back if I'm unnecessarily inconvenienced. Anyone have a similiar experience?


Feb 02, 2010
Broken Fib Dec 10th 2009
by: Rolo

I also got my Fibula broken from a Soccer kick Dec. 10th 2009. I didnt know it was broken until 3 days later. I bought an Aircast because i didnt want to wear a boot and be able to wear my normal shoes and also drive. Its been almost 8 weeks since i found out it was broken. I can walk almost normal and I can jog a bit. I do Jiu Jitsu and i went back to that after 6 weeks. I keep it braced and wrapped during any grappling. The main thing i feel is the muscle atrophy and soreness. I am hopeing by the middle of March I can return to the soccer field.

Jan 30, 2010
to everyone
by: Dreamlord

hello everyone! I'm dreamlord. it's been quite awhile since i last posted a comment here. as you all know if you check the history of my posts, i broke my fibula. it was a complete fracture. displaced actually even if it fully healed already.
i broke mine last may 18, 2009. it was the lowest point of my life. i was in a cast for 6 weeks. my leg lost a lot of muscle. and i lost my 6 pack abs because i was always advised by the ortho to stay in one chair and use crutches. then after that i did a lot of home exercises by myself. i didn't go to the PT. i only followed youtube's plyometrics exercises. now my leg may not be as strong as before the break but it's catching up on my good leg-- the left one. i'm proud to say i already played basketball last month before christmas with my officemates.
hang in there and as soon as the doctor tells you to walk on it then do a lot of walking. i bought a bicycle too by the way instead of going to the PT it really helps.
good luck guys.
mine doesn't swell anymore. i don't take painkillers i just take vitamins a b c d and e
i don't take the one capsule that has a to z because it could be Bull S**t you know. try the ones in individual capsules. b complex and d are really good. i also recommend CALVIT and other calcium supplements. hey i'm not advertising or anything

Jan 29, 2010
In the same boat
by: drewbydoo

I just broke my left fibula on the 1st of 2010 (happy new years) and then got a blood clot in my leg aka a DVT about 4 days later as a result of "no activity after trauma" (despite the fact that the doctors TOLD me to sit around and do nothing but ice and elevate). Only after the blood clot happened did I hear from an orthopedic doctor that I should have been moving around and doing little exercises...a little frustrating. My fibula broke clean much closer up towards my knee, it seems most people with broken fibulas have them around the ankle, dont know if this is a good thing that its higher or not. It's been about a month, and I am so sick of crutches its so annoying, especially on the snow and ice where I live. I just want to walk and ditch the crutches but my muscles are very sore from the clot and just getting stiff. I have been told in PT that I should be trying to start walking with crutches so I can move down to one crutch and eventually none, but right now trying it with just one crutch hurts my muscles, joints and feels like it hurts where I broke my fibula...I'm wondering if anyone knows if this has healed enough to walk on yet, although I've been told that I can start attempting to walk...

Jan 23, 2010
You Will Be Fine
by: Shopgirl1357

I broke my ankle on July 29th it still swells and it still hurts at times. I have come to the conclusion that I will just have to live with it. I didn't have surgery and I didn't go to PT. Sami you will be fine and it will heal. I got my cast off in September and went to Vegas 2-days later with a boot. I had to wear the boot for a few weeks and after that came off I went to NYC in October and walked for miles. Nobody can say for certain how long it takes to heal because we are all different, but you are most likely young and strong which gives you an advantage. Your physician will tell you when you are healed enough to resume normal activities my guess is that you will get a boot for a few weeks, afterwards you can slowly start to do things, but for now you can still work your upper body which should help you mentally. I actually lost weight and toned up my abs and biceps (I know who cares lol). You have to look at this for what it is "temporary" I know it sucks, but you will alright it just takes time. If you are not healing I would find another orthopedic surgeon and get a second opinion.

Jan 22, 2010
Hairline Fracture (Fibula)
by: Sami

Hello all,

On December 20, I fracture my left fibula as a result of a (freaking) kick to my leg in a soccer game. I had a "boot" for a week, then went to the fracture specialist for a check-up and found out that there's some ligament damage in my ankle. Went to the hospital the next day, where they put me to sleep and did a stress x-ray. Not enough damage to warrant screws/bolts/plates. They gave me a cast for what they said would be "at least four weeks." I'm going Monday to get it check out (it'll have been just one day shy of four weeks). I'm wondering if anyone has a clue how long it takes for a hairline fracture/ligament damage to heal after the cast is removed... My worst fear is that they'll just put the cast back on and tell me to crutch around for another few weeks. Don't know if I can mentally, emotionally or physically handle that! So frustrating for an athlete to literally not even be able to walk!!

Dec 28, 2009
broken fibula right above the ankle healing time
by: Anonymous

Hey all, i broke my ankle over thanksgiving playing a little annual pick up football game. I did not need surgery and the break happened to my fibula right above the ankle of my right foot. it is a clean break but is aligning correctly. I went for my third dose of x-rays about a week ago and there was still no "white puffy" bone on the x-ray showing any new bone being created to heal it. My o/s still insists two more weeks in a full cast with crutches and then i will come in for another x-ray january 12th with the cast off. I play rugby for my school and i was wondering how long the process will be until i can even run let alone come back and play.
Thanks!

Oct 26, 2009
Shopgirl
by: Anonymous

I am on week 3 without my boot my ankle is still swollen and it hurts. I am very limited to what types of shoes I can walk in. I found that even my flats that were always very comfortable are not anymore. My doctor said I may need to wear the boot if I am going to walk for long distances. It kind of depressing that it's three months since this fall and I am still dealing with this.

Sep 30, 2009
to shopgirl
by: Dreamlord

you're welcome on the PT tip. i know how it looks like when someone is walking with heels on one foot and a walking boot on the other. i saw patients like them from the hospital i go to. i had to waste my time and money on one PT session so i don't want others to do the same ---but at least it made me find out that what i have been doing is correct.
my break was spiral complete fibula fracture. but no bone fragments. the fibula just split into two. far from the ankles and far from my knees. it was a midshaft break. that's why i'm worried the most and i'm just giving myself confidence because i don't want my loved ones to feel burdened by why i chose conservative treatment rather than surgery.

regarding brian sorry man, i don't want to give any wrong advice but my wife said you can't put FWB on it in 4 - 6 weeks.

Sep 29, 2009
Broken Fibula Update - Dreamlord
by: Shopgirl

I'm glad to see you are getting around well, and thank you for the PT tip. I did not have a spiral fracture mine was a clean break on one side and a sprain on the other. When I viewed the x-ray on 16th the break is still there (I think that is why I am so freaked out). My doctor said if we waited for it to fully close it would take months, he said it is healing and not to go by the x-ray. I forget the term he used condensing or something. He did not attempt to manually correct it. The boot is a walking boot and it's really heavy. I wear a heel on the other foot to balance out my height or I else I limp. It's a pain, but at least I can take it off when I'm resting. I don't use the crutches or a cane.

As for Brian I think he needs to check with his doctor as to if he should put weight on his foot. Especially, since we all have different plans of treatment you don't want to give someone the wrong advice.

Sep 29, 2009
to shopgirl from dreamlord
by: dreamlord1023

glad to know your trip was fine. i'm doing ok so far so good. I'm now walking with a tip cane. that is what the PT advised me to do. When i went there for the first time i asked what they will make me do and then i just did everything here at home. your friend was right that it was a waste of time. don't bother wasting your money on it. no offense to PT graduates though. is yours a walking boot? i think it's pretty heavy.
i think by this time your bones connected already. when you had a fracture, did the doctor manually fix you without surgery? some doctors try that.
is your fracture spiral?

as for brian, don't put weight on it.

Sep 28, 2009
can i walk on it
by: Brian

Hi everyone - I fractured my fibula 7 days ago. It was a few inches above my ankle. It is not a clean break, there is just a tiny little line in my x-rays. I am in a walking boot with crutches. I am starting to put weight on it now after 7 days. Is this ok to do, put weight on it now?

Sep 28, 2009
Broken Fibula Update
by: Shopgirl1357

Hi Dreamlord, My trip to Vegas was very nice we did a lot walking so it was exhausting. There were a lot of escalators which I have found I can manage to go up, but not down. I spent a lot of time searching for elevators. I was also detained at the airport because I was wearing a boot it took a little longer than usual. Other than that I managed. I have been attempting to walk without the boot in my house. When I first stepped down it felt really weird my whole left side felt weak. I just wanted to see if I could do it without pain. It didn't hurt, but I kept thinking it's going to break again. I also tried to drive my 5-speed car however it was much too cumbersome wearing the boot I was afraid it would get stuck. I ended up taking off the boot and driving with my sock on. As far as PT I am going to see how I feel once I am cleared to remove the boot. If I am still this fearful I may go for a few sessions. I really don't want to go, but if I have to I will. One of my co-workers also broke her ankle she did opt for PT, but found it was a waste of time. She said they put a towel on the floor and told her to swish it back and forth with her foot she said she could do that at home herself. So how are you doing?

Sep 28, 2009
to shopgirl
by: Dreamlord

wow i'm glad to hear your cast was removed already. how was vegas?
anyway on to the topic, your swollen ankle is normal. i too have been thinking about the broken bone i saw on my 2d x ray when i had my fracture but the thing is there is no way it can change anymore even if the doctor said it is healed already.
my x ray last time showed my bones connected already in one small portion. but as you know we both opted for non surgery so this might take longer. i wanna ask you something as one fellow fibula fracture patient to another, are you going for physical therapy?

Sep 26, 2009
Broken Fibula Update
by: Shopgirl

Last Wednesday my cast was removed and I was given a walking boot. On Friday I got on a plane and flew to Las Vegas for the weekend. I was able to walk without crutches and keep up pretty well considering I hadn't walked on my foot for 8-weeks. My ankle is still somewhat swollen, however the bruise is gone. Surprisingly I didn't gain any weight, but my calf muscles are weak and need strengthening. My next appointment is on the 20th. I was told that is the final phase and I should be able to wear my shoes again. Now it's more mental than physical, in my mind I keep seeing that broken bone in the x-ray. I used to run miles everyday now I am terrified of another break. I may need a few sessions of physical therapy to get myself confident enough to feel safe again, or I can just wear the big boot for the rest of my life.

Sep 07, 2009
to football player who had surgery in brazil
by: Dreamlord

i would love to ask a few questions as i'm sure others here would love to do the same but as you can see we all opted not to have surgery so it is a different case

Sep 06, 2009
Broken Fibula and torn "something" ligament
by: chris

Hey guys, I've been constantly searching the internet as I'm sure all of you have been doing. I broke my fibula pretty clean through. I was playing american football in...believe it or not...Brazil. Anyway, I actually got a bit lucky and had the best doctor in Curitiba and one of the best in Brazil to operate on my leg. Anyway, I broke it Aug. 22, had surgery Aug. 24. The doctor gave me a boot and crutches. For 3 weeks I need both, then the next 3 weeks I only need the boot, then I should be walking. I can already stand equally on both feet, which is especially helpful in the shower...you guys know what I mean. I've been taking care of my leg, it sucks, but I am resting almost the whole day except when I have to take a bus 45 min. to class.

Keep your spirits up, it's a huge inconvenience but you should, and most people do recover in 3 months. It is a very common injury in soccer and the stories I've heard is that guys are back on the playing field 3 months after surgery...I'm shooting for 2 haha. Hope this helps and any questions, I'll be checking this forum as frequently as I can remember.

Sep 05, 2009
Get rid of crutches!
by: cathyp25

Folks - there's a really great thing you can rent that will help you get rid of crutches. its called a knee scooter or turning leg caddy and you can rent one through www.goodbyecrutches.com. I broke my fibula in July and was told to use crutches but I got tired of them so I rented this leg caddy and it was a god-send. Basically, you put your injured leg on a little shelf and the other foot moves the caddy. It also has a basket on it so you can actually carry things. I loved the caddy! And the best part of it is that you don't need to buy one, you can rent one - its only $30 a week or $100 per month. And insurance will probably cover it.
And its very easy to put together. It literally saved me from going crazy. Check it out!

Sep 05, 2009
broken fibula
by:

hiya i broke my fibula 2 weeks ago and dr thought it would be pinned as it is a bad break but he says xrays look ok at mo. I am due to have my non weight bearing cast off in 4 weeks. I am a foundation stage teacher (3-5 yr olds), any ideas about walking on my leg afterwards?

Aug 31, 2009
to new broken fibula
by: Dreamlord

don't put it on your underarms. my wife is a doc and she told me that for crutches--- it should be at least 2 to 3 inches away from the underarms.
rest it on your palms. they may have thick callouses at first but you'll get used to it.

Aug 29, 2009
Broken Fibula
by: Shopgirl

Anonymous,
Sorry to hear about your ankle. I did not have surgery but from what I was told the recovery time is the same regardless. I have been on crutches for exactly one month, and have another 3-weeks to go in a cast ( 6-8 weeks). I learned to use my crutches by watching a video on YouTube. The hospital ER did very little PT with me. You have to really concentrate and not let your underarms rest on the crutch. If using crutches is painful you can get a walker (not my favorite but I have one). If you have a small desk chair with wheels maybe you can use that to get to your students. I have one that I use in my house I wheel myself all around and when I need to stand I just prop my knee on the chair and stand on my good leg.

I wish you a speedy recovery.

Aug 29, 2009
Broken Fibula
by: Anonymous

Hello, I broke my fibual on July 25, I had surgery on July 30. How long will it be before I can walk without the crutches? Under my arms are brused really bad. I teach technology and I will have to walk throughout the day assisting my students.

Aug 25, 2009
to shopgirl
by: Dreamlord

well if this week was a little over 3 weeks and then you want to be able to walk properly by september 18 then i suggest you stop weight bearing on it and when your new cast will be removed, apply ice on the area as always and raise your leg high up. then on the day you will celebrate your anniversary i suggest you wear sneakers or flat shoes. you still can't wear heels. and don't forget to buy a cane if you don't wanna walk with crutches.

Aug 25, 2009
to football player
by: Dreamlord

dude i feel for you and i can see how impatient you are by now. i recently went to the park where my parkour teammates practice free running and stunts and i must say i envied them. i also used to play football since i grew up in Europe. so set aside the fact that i can play basketball because i dribble with my feet when i see a ball anywhere.
but you can't play yet if you ask me. the guy who sounded like he is indian or something the one who said it'll take a year to look like normal again? he was right. me i'll try to go back to my normal activities on my birthday as it will also be my driver's license renewal.

Aug 22, 2009
Broken Fibula Update
by: Shopgirl

Dreamlord, Yesterday was a little over 3-weeks since my break. I had my second appointment with the orthopedic surgeon. They removed the cast and took another set of x-rays. Unfortunately, because I also have torn ligaments as well as a fractured fibula they needed to recast it again. The x-rays indicated the break is healing and the swelling is subsiding. But I have to keep it in a cast for it to heal properly. Even though the fibula is not a weight bearing bone it could move they are still talking about possible surgery down the road. Walking on it at this point would only cause more damage. I told them I really need to be able to walk without crutches by September 18th (my trip to Vegas), they said most likely I will have a walking boot. I go back on the 16th they will remove the cast and take another set of x-rays. But on the downside (this is just crazy) while I was at my appointment my dog jumped out our second floor window and broke her left ankle. We have no idea what happened or what she saw she just jumped through the screen onto the pavement. She has never done this before. I came home to find her leg mangled. I called my husband and rushed her to the emergency animal hospital. She is now in a splint and will need surgery. I have health insurance my dog Lucy does not we are looking at close to four thousand dollars to repair her leg. What are the odds that both me and my dog have broken left ankles? I don't gamble, but I really need to win in Vegas!!


Aug 21, 2009
to dreamlord? i think
by: football player

well i dont really care about how it looks or what i just want to play some football. i cant stand it watching another guy in my position.i was just wondering how long do you think i could actually start practicing and playing again. my doc said ill be getting my cast boot off next week on the 28, then after that some therapy. sooo yeahh. how did you fractured yours?

Aug 21, 2009
to new anonymous guy from dreamlord
by: Anonymous

hello football player, i also broke mine due to a parkour stunt . i had a bad landing. expect yours to be glued by now but don't expect it to look like it was once before. i'm not lying when i say it.

Aug 20, 2009
recovery for a fratcured fibula
by: Anonymous

hello.

i have recently fractured my left fibula towards the ankle on July 27th. in a couple of days after the fratcure, i was put into a cast boot or aircast. i also just took some x rays last week and the doc said the fracture is starting to glue back together or whatever. he also said i can apply of my weight on it and i have been walking on it for a while. i really want to play football but im not sure how long recovery or whatever is. thanks for your helpp.

Aug 20, 2009
to shopgirl
by: Dreamlord

Shopgirl,

kudos on your wedding anniversary. you're right. be careful with where you stomp those crutches on because they can even give you another fracture if a worse case scenario happens. i went to my ortho today. i had my x ray too. i discovered one thing. he told me that only they (orthos) can read it and claim whether it is connected or not. he also added that even when they say it is a go for PT, your x ray will still look like you have a fracture.
as for me, today my fibula still looked like it has a fracture because they only used a 2d radio bone scanner. or 2d x ray. don't believe what people say when they say the fracture is no longer visible when 3 or 4 months arrive. unless it was just a small crack then disregard what i said. but if yours was like mine then expect your x ray reading to be like as it was before with slight improvement that only they orthos can read.
as for me, my wife gave a big sigh of relief when we both heard the news from the ortho that i can now go on a rehab for my ankles.
i still have to ask him on september 20 which is better, a conservative treatment or the surgical.
i can't really trust what some people blog about their story of success and how they can't see the break like it never happened. it would be impossible anyway.
good luck and i hope to hear from your progress.
i'll start rehab next week.

Aug 17, 2009
Fibula
by: Shopgirl

Dreamlord,

Let me know how your x-ray turns out on the 20th. I go on the 21st for mine. It will be 3 weeks since I fell I hope to be in a walking boot very soon. I have to leave for Vegas on September 18th to celebrate my wedding anniversary. I have no idea what I am going to do if I can't walk. The crutches are dangerous, you really have to pay attention to what you are doing. I nearly fell out the door the other day. I can't do stairs with them at all so leaving my home is a challenge. If it's raining I can't go out. You would think with all the medical breakthroughs that they could come up with a better way to heal a broken ankle. They tell you like it's so easy "no walking for 6-8 weeks here are 2 sticks use them to get around". I guess it could be worse I have a friend who fell while jogging he broke his ankle and elbow. Because he was in the military and had no family to take care of him so he had to stay in the hospital to recover. He is actually fine now. We just have to keep good thoughts and do the best we can.

Aug 17, 2009
to shopgirl
by: dreamlord

hi shopgirl. you're quite lucky you work from home. I teach at a school and i haven't been to work for about 3 months now to this day. i don't have swelling anymore but i'm still on crutches. I also do some exercises like crunches and push ups using only one leg. i also lift some small weights. yes these things can make our spirits high because just like you. i actually miss my previous activities. I broke my fibula on a parkour stunt. I twisted badly when i fell. i'm driving now but i still bring and walk with my crutches. I will have an x ray this week on august 20. i think the one year clear x ray mentioned there on the post is for tibia fibula. because on my ortho books it will only take at least 3 months if you only broke the fibula.

Aug 15, 2009
broken fibula
by: Anonymous

hi everybody broken fibula needs 3 months for make usual activities complete healing appears to xrays in a year.if you can avoid surgery is better for you because the pain is less and the are is not hardware in your body.be patient and dont try to avoid walking.hi from greece johny.......

Aug 13, 2009
Broken Fibula Update
by: Shopgirl

I opted not to go to the Podiatrist and remove the cast. I did however speak to the resident who is treating me. He said the pain I was feeling is normal to keep my leg elevated and ice the back of my knee. Keeping ice in that spot will cool the blood as it moves into the leg therefore reducing the swelling. It's been a week and the swelling seems to be going down. I get around the house using my desk chair, since I don't have much carpeting I am able to move downstairs pretty well. I also found that if use the leg that is injured in a kneeling position on the chair I can stand on my other leg and do things like wash dishes and do laundry. I have a walker that I use when I am upstairs it helps when getting dressed and bathing. I have a claw tub so I am able to take a bath. I also do a workout video for my upper body I use 3 pound weights and I do crunches and leg work on a mat. It helps keep my spirits up since I can't walk or run. Laying on the floor stretching really helps. I also reduced the amount of calories I consume. I eat three small meals during the day and drink low fat chocolate milk at night before bed (as much calcium as I can get). I wear my normal clothing not workout wear all day. I need to know I can still fit into my clothes.

I work from home which is a blessing my company did not make me take a leave. I am allowed to drive although I tried driving a few days ago, but my leg started to swell and ache. I'm also very nervous on crutches outside. I fear falling again that's all I need is to break something else. Some people have told me it is against the law to drive with a cast. I have not been able to find anything on Google about it in the state of PA. I have no restrictions according to my doctor (that's easy for him to say). I go back for my follow up appointment on the 21st. I think they are going to remove this cast, do another x-ray and most likely put another cast on. The next phase should be a walking boot.

Aug 13, 2009
from dreamlord to everyone
by: Anonymous

how far was the break from the ankle?
if it is near the ankle you will need surgery.
as for the girl who broke her fibula on the beach yeah i was called a cripple while calling a cab.
thanks for the info about the arthritis because now i know what to expect. I'm now on my 3rd month of this injury and i will have an appointment next week august 20. i also opted not to undergo the surgery since it was also an elective on my part. let's keep in touch all of us since we all have similar cases

Aug 05, 2009
Fractured Fibula Orthopedic Surgeon or Podiatrist?
by: Shopgirl

I fractured my fibula last week when I fell in the ocean on vacation. I went to the ER they took x-rays and put my leg in a splint. I was told to follow up with an orthopedic surgeon. When I came home I made an appointment and was put into a plaster cast. I was told no weight bearing for 6-8 weeks. Surgery was elective I decided not to have it. Prior to the cast I was able to hop around on one leg and use the crutches pain free, now I can't the pain is horrible when I stand as long as I am resting it's fine. I made a call to a friend who is a podiatrist he said he wanted to cut off the cast take new x-rays. He also said the fibula is a non weight bearing bone and a walking cast might be better. I am really nervous to let him cut off this cast because it is already set. I do not want to do anymore damage to my ankle. I am trying to find out if this pain is normal. The ankle is swelled the cast is very heavy so it makes sense that when I stand it would hurt when the blood rushes down. I don't handle pain very well. Before this happened I was walking 5-8 miles a day. This is torture!! Everything that I have read is depressing the pain, the recovery time. My doctor said it will take 8 months before I will fully recover and since I decided not to have surgery I am certain to get arthritis as well. The podiatrist seemed to be able to offer me a more comfortable recovery process, however I am uncertain about switching physicians. Should I just suck it up and stay off of it until the swelling goes down, or should I have it re x-rayed and start over?

If nothing I have a deeper understanding for people who are disabled and have to live like this all the time. Just trying to use a public restroom is a chore. Someone actually called me a "cripple" when I was trying to get into a restaurant. Once I recover I will never take my health for granted again.



Aug 03, 2009
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by: Anonymous

Yes it was clean break. The xray says that it hasn't healed properly so still need to use crocthes for the nxt 2 wks and then have to go back for another xray

Aug 03, 2009
to Anonymous
by: dreamlord

yes use crutches. was it a clean break? was there any surgery?

Jul 21, 2009
Broken fibulas!!
by: Anonymous

I broke my fibula about 3 wks ago and have since then had 1/2 a cast on which is now a full cast. I am to go back to the hospital in 10 days. This is the 1st web site that has given me info about my broken fibula with any surgery. I am off on hols mid of sept but worried that I may not be walking properly on my ankle. Will I have to use croutches once my cast is off?

Jun 20, 2009
worried fibula
by: dreamlord

I fractured my fibula last may 18,2009. I've been to many sites but this is the closest thing i can connect to my injury. I was in a half cast for two weeks then i was in a fiber cast for a month. I went to see my O/S and he advised me to give it some FWB and then he advised me to walk. The problem is my ankle can't do some inward motions. Is that normal? It can do some outward stepping but the inward is quite painful. Should i force it?
My next O/S appointment is on July 16.

Jan 11, 2009
Redo Fibula
by: Casted jen

I broke my fibulia in two places above the ankle right before labor day. After 6 weeks it still hurt. I went in to my ortho complaining and he ordred a Ct. The Ct showed the bones were aligned but not bridged ( they were torqued on themselves). So I ended up having surgery right before Christmas. Bummer. I had to start all over. Why can't docs get it right he first time.
I am so tired and frustrated. I am in a lot of pain but went back to wirk on crutches and no meds. I med when I get home. How much longer?

Nov 06, 2008
gradual increase
by: Bart - SII

It is going to be somewhat painful, and is likely going to feel very funny for a week or two. Just try to gradually increase the amount of weight you are putting on your ankle. This may mean going with both crutches for a few days, but putting weight on that leg as you walk with them...once that starts to feel better, then transition to more weight, and then just one crutch.

You can do simple exercises like standing on both feet and shifting weight from side to side - you can control how much weight you put on your injured leg and then just slowly increase it.

The aircast should help to give you some support and make things feel more stable and normal - I would imagine he will want you in that for at least a few weeks.

Walking normally within a month may be cutting it close, but if you can progress gradually, 6 weeks should be reachable. Just a guess.

Bart

Nov 06, 2008
Re: Out Of Cast But Fracture Is not 100% healed
by: Hazel

Hi Bart.

Thank you, thank you for answering my question so quickly. I have been on many sites and nobody has yet gotten back to me about any of my questions, except you. I really appreciate such a quick response.

Well, what has happened is that yesterday, I went to get new x-rays done, and then went to see my 0/S. He said my x/rays looked okay, there is still a fracture line visible but he insists that I should put FWB on it and wishes to see me in 3days time, to find me at least coming down to just one crutch. My goodness, I have tried, but the pain in my foot, especially on the left side and mainly under my heal point, is really painfull. It feels like the somethings piercing at the heal. Is this normal. How long does it takes one to get the handle of balancing on both sides normally again, hehehe because right now, the left side of my body feels really foreign Bart.

He has asked me to now get an aircast which I should be getting tomorrow, how long do I have to wear it?

Do you think I will be walking normally by a months time?

Thanks once again

Regards

Hazel Anand

Nov 03, 2008
weight bearing
by: Bart - SII

The fibula is not a weight bearing bone, so putting weight on your leg shouldn't overstress the bone. Since the fracture wasn't displaced, surgery wasn't needed.

You will likely have some pain and abnormal feelings early on during your weight bearing as your body adjusts back to this. You should follow your doctors advice.

When you can get out of the case will depend on how your follow up X-rays look and how the bone is healing, and when your doctor feels it is ok for you to remove it.

Bart

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