Broken Fibula Recovery Questions

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Hi everyone!

So about a week ago I broke my fibula - clean break with no surgery needed, so that's good. A week in and still very swollen, bruised and sore.

After seeing the ortho Dr, I was left with more questions (or concerns). I was put in a air boot with crutches. He mentioned that because it's not a weight bearing bone I would be able to start putting weight on it whenever I felt comfortable enough to. Has anyone experienced such a quick turnaround for walking? I'm a bit nervous to cause a setback.

As far as the boot I have been wearing during my normal day to day, however have been taking off at night to ice and sleep. Any concerns here? I have read people leave it on almost 24/7.

I definitely would appreciate any advice, tips or suggestions. Just want to make sure quick and successful recovery. Thanks in advance!!


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    Hi Dan

    You seem to be doing really well.  The fact that it is only just over a week since it was broke, in my book that is brilliant.

    I badly fractured my tibula and fibula in an accident 55 years ago.  I had a hip replacement nearly 18 months ago and I'm suffering with nerve damage in my foot.  The doctors are saying it's a result of the fracture All those years ago.

    Keep up with your quick recovery and keep doing what you are doing.

    All the best

    Brenda C

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    Hi there! I saw your post- I am currently in the same situation as you described: broken fibula, no surgery, one week after the injury. I was given a walking boot and was told to start walking on it with crutches as soon as I feel up to it. I'm supposed to check in if I'm not walking in 1-2 weeks.

    How are you doing? I can't imagine walking that soon with the pain I'm experiencing now! Hope you're on the mend!

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      Hey there!  I'm feeling better every day.  Still pretty swollen and bruised though.

      I actually just had my week two evaluation and xrays.  I am walking with the boot only at this point with little pain.

      The xrays today showed a bit of displacement, but the dr didnt seem to concerned.  Said to just continue on for the next month in the boot.

      Becuase I havent been in a ton of pain, I have been pushing my walking a bit.  After seeing the displacement xrays, I will try to be a bit more cautious.  

      How are you feeling?

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