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Isolated Fibular Shaft Fracture - Adult

Isolated Fibular Shaft Fracture - Adult (excluding associated Ankle injuries)

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What has happened?

  • You have broken the outer bone in your leg (fibula)
  • This is a long thin bone that usually heals very well

What should I expect?

  • You may be put in a cast or a removable boot (moon boot)
  • You will be in the cast or moon boot for approximately 6 weeks
  • This will be sore and uncomfortable for several weeks
  • You may develop bruising and swelling in the foot - this is normal and will improve over time
  • Your will be given a set of crutches while in the Emergency Department (ED) to help you move
  • If you work involves spending time on your feet your return to work may be limited by pain and swelling for 6 weeks
  • You will be able to gradually return to sport generally after 6 weeks

What should I do?

  • Take simple pain relief (e.g. paracetamol and ibuprofen) as needed
  • Elevate your leg while sitting by using pillows or a stool - this will help with swelling and pain
  • Walking on your leg is likely to make your pain worse, but you can touch the foot down to help you balance while standing
  • You may need  to see a physiotherapist to help with rehabilitation - remember to take your ACC form/number with you 

What should I not do?

  • Try to reduce or stop smoking as this may delay bone healing
  • If you are placed in a cast, it is important that you keep this dry by placing a plastic bag over the cast and securing it with tape before showering. A wet cast becomes soggy and falls apart

Will I be followed up?

  • Yes, a follow-up appointment in the Orthopaedic Clinic will be requested when you leave the Emergency Department (ED) and you will be contacted regarding a date and time

What if I have concerns/questions?

  • If your injury is not settling or you are worried about how it is healing, please see your GP - take your ACC form/number with you