Isolated Fibular Shaft Fracture - Adult
Isolated Fibular Shaft Fracture - Adult (excluding associated Ankle injuries)
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- What has happened?
- What should I expect?
- What should I do?
- What should I not do?
- Will I be followed up?
- What if I have concerns/questions?
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