Re: Cracked fibula
k well first off, im gonna say one thing: you are NEVER wasting a doctor's time if you feel something is wrong with you. its basicaly their JOB to look after people. sometimes theres something wrong, sometimes theres not.
secondly, im not a doctor, so i cant really make a diagnosis on you, but im a nurse, and i work in a trauma ward so i see alot of fractures and all.
i just had my fibula broken 4 weeks ago, and im already walking with full weight on it and everything, i got an Aircast walking boot, and im going back for xrays in a month and if everything is good then i can take it off and start rehab.
It all depends on the type of fracture you had, but, from waht u said u seem to pretty much have the same as i do.
im trying to understand your post, do you still have your cast on and are trying to walk on it?
after 4 weeks, i still have some residual swelling and bruising, but its not normal for NEW extensive bruising to occur, though some slight swelling could happen when youre overworking your ankle.
you need to know that after 4 weeks in the cast, youve lost quite alot of muscle mass, and also flexibility on the ligaments and tendons. so its normal for walking tobe a bit painfull at first, as well as awkward.
after a bone is broken, in optimal conditions, it takes around 10-14 days for the broken pieces to re-attach themselves together, but these links cant be seen on x-ray cause they are not dense enough. it takes around another month for the bone to harden to a point where its practically normal again.
after 10 weeks, i think yours should have heal completely, unless something hapenned during the healing process...
after initial casting, youre suposed to have x rays done after 2 weeks, to makes sure everything is still aligned and stable. maybe they overlooked that, and something got displaced..
i would definitly go see an orthopedist as soon as possible, as you dont want a joint injury to heal wrong.
you definitly need to get x rays done on that..
another possibility im thinking of is you might have a pretty good sprain on there, if you did somehting with you ankle that was strong enough to actually break the bone, then obviously there could be moderate damage to the surrounding soft tissue, like ligaments, muscles, tendons , etc.
sometimes, sprains take LONGER than breaks to heal.
but your best bet right now is really get an appointment with an orthopedist, get back on those crutches to lower your weight bearing if it hurts too bad..
good luck, and keep me informed, if you have any other questions!