Need help Fractured Fibula

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So about 7 weeks ago I had a motorbike accident fracturing my right fibula . I didnt need surgery because it wasn't a complete Break.. it was a "mildly displaced transverse fracture across the distal fibular shaft with soft tissue swelling"

.it's been 7 weeks now I've only been walking on it the last few days in the boot and I tried to walk without it while it's possible and not sore

 it's really uncomfortable. I've got a whole heap of swelling in my toes and foot area.. aswell as not being able to Bend or move my last 2 toes.. does that mean I still have ligament damage? Need help. Thanks!

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    Hi Jason

    Sorry to hear about your injury. I have gone through couple of fractures this past year and I can't tell you for sure these injuries take time to heal.

    First of all your query on whether you have ligament injury - ligaments are part of the soft tissues and are found arround the joints so that they hold bones together. For you to know if you have any injury you need to have an MRI. However the movement of the toes can be associated with injury to the tendon which is the ending part of the muscles.

    I had fractured ankle last November and completely torn lateral ligament along with partially torn posterior ligament. I had cast for nearly 4 months. During this time I had no issues at all with the toes movement. I had stiffness, some limitations but nothing that caused me to worry about. So your limitations in the toes are either due to tendon injury or as a result of the overall limitations of movement in the affected leg. Swelling will be there it's normal. My ankle and whole foot was swollen for nearly 8 months.

    Take care

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      Hey Julia! 

      Thank you for replying

      i really appreciate your response and also sorry to hear about your recent injuries.this is first major injury since School when I tore my ACL. 

      it's pretty depressing. I'm heading to the doctors tomorrow so hopefully I get some good news. Again I really appreciate you replying.

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    I think Julia's response  is right on target so I'm not going to try to reinvent the wheel. 

     My recommendation would be to go back to your doctor just to make sure there is no significant damage to the blood supply and nerves of/to your foot .

    I am not a doctor however I was a medic in the Air Force for eight years to include one year in Vietnam as an air rescue medic and many years as board-certified physicians assistant in the state of Florida.

     I hope I was helpful to you and would like to hear what the final result is.

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