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Hi i broke my tibia and fibula at the end of April, had surgery on it to fix a plate and screw in. Got told that i wont become a professional dancer because the tibia side is not correct. Im due to go to university in september for 4hours a day 4 days a week. I wont be able to go back and do dance at university will i?
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replied August 3rd, 2010
How long did it take for your tibia to heal? I broke mine 2 weeks ago and it has been hell since. and my doctor also told me that i might need a cane to walk for the rest of my life. apparently breaking your tibia is like one of the worst things you could do to your leg.
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replied August 19th, 2010
Recovery depends on so many things. Sorry to be so vague but age and type of break matters. My tibia is broken with my surgery on July 4, 2010. Lots of pain. I also broke my ankle. I am 59 and this isn't going to be easy. These are tricky injuries. I wish all of you well with a speedy recovery.
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replied August 19th, 2010
I see a cane in my future as well. No doubt about it.
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replied August 23rd, 2010
Well what exactly happened was that I fell about 20-25 feet. Broke my Tibia which was surgically repaired using 2 screws. I also dislocated the bones that connect your toes to your ankle (the long and thin ones) which was repaired using two pins in my foot to hold them in place while healing. I'm still young (20), does anyone have an idea when i might be able to go back to work? I have never felt this useless in my entire life and it is really depressing.
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replied August 24th, 2010
gt6989...
I know how you feel. This is a very depressing time and a stunning injury to have. I am very active and I am now unable to do much of anything. I am in my 8th week since surgery. I have a plate and 6 screws in my Tibia and then on the other side of my ankle I have 2 more screws. I now have an infection in my largest incision and I'm on antibiotics trying to get rid of it. Cellutis is what it's called and it can be life threatening. The infection has stopped my physical therapy and I was in an air walker or boot but I am now leaving that off to get air to the incision to heal it faster. I am not supposed to be weight bearing without the boot but I am walking around the house anyway but very cautiously. All this sitting around is depressing. I am really determined to get my life back but at times this has all swallowed me up it seems. Hang in there. You are only 2 weeks from your surgery. Just be patient. It does get better - just slow going. I think you probably won't be able to work for about 12 weeks but it does depend on what you do for a living as well. If you are on your feet all day, I would say it will take longer. Just know you aren't alone. I've had some tough moments as well. This is one nasty injury.
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replied April 28th, 2011
I was in a head on collision car accident hit by a truck, i have 2 plates and 24 screws holding me together, i do know what boring can be, i am out of work for nine months ,4 months has passed and still in a wheel chair, i was shattered on the right leg cannot drive, have had 2 surgery's already my doctor told me my injury is serious so i do know what depressing can be like hang in there i going to have to keep god in prayer
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replied September 7th, 2010
Tibia and Fibula are terrible..
I just had surgery for that this morning. not exactly sure how many screws were put in, but i know there is a plate in my leg now. I wish everyone a speedy recovey, sure hopin I get a full recovery from this.
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replied September 7th, 2010
jhill45- I wish you a speedy recovery as well. I have learned from many doctors these are one of the most serious and painful fractures. I'm now 9 weeks into my recovery and I am walking with a cane. I have a plate and 8 screws. SLOW going-still some pain and swelling every night but that goes away by morning. I am pushing through. I want my life back and I'm pushing hard to get it but I am also very aware of not doing so much I have to have the surgery all over again. Just trying to get it all together and it's working. Stay strong! It's so important. Glad you can put your surgery behind you now.
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replied September 15th, 2010
Fractured Tib/Fib w/severed ACL
Everyone - I broke my fibula in 8 places & my tibula in 12 places, had to have 2 bone implants, 3 plates and 26 screws; severed my ACL, shattered my meniscus. I did all this to my left leg in 2 separate accidents 7 years apart; so I went thru this agony twice. My THERAPY time with the first accident was 9 months long and the second was 2 months. I was completely off my left leg for 3 months each time. I was on a cane for 9 mos. Because I am 58 YO, my ortho surgeon put me on a BONE GROWTH STIMULATOR which I used twice a day at home. I walk normally in flat shoes and I can wear a 2" heel. KEY WORD: I can walk normally. On rainy days - I know the plates are there. Hang in there. Take one day at a time and Thank the Lord that you have your leg or foot or arm and that you'll walk again. My husband and I took dance lessons this year and had a great time.
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replied April 28th, 2011
I am recovering from an head on collision accident a truck crossed over into my lane head on, in which i was shattered on the right ankle/foot what did you do in the meantime of recovering for 9 months in which i have now. i also have a BONE STIMULATOR in which i have just received my job consist of a lot of standing and walking, do you think i will be able to return. I am most thankful to be living and got to keep my leg and foot.
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replied March 25th, 2012
Broken Fib and Tib and dislocation
I find your letter so encouraging.I broke my fib and tib in 4 places and dislocation as well and have a metal rod and a lot of pins and screws.I am 58 female driving instructor and I'm 12 weeks on now.I am walking with a limp but without crutches around the house but use one out for balance.I am having physio and doing my exercises every day which are important.Im not back driving yet but hope to do a little in the next 4 weeks.I do have a lot of swelling when I weight bare but have been told to expect this.As for the boredom and dependency on others I fully understand what you people are on about but every week I am a little better and able to do more.It is a serious injury and it is very important to follow your physical therapists instructions and do your exercises.Take one day at a time you will have your ups and downs.But hang on in there.
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replied July 6th, 2012
BROKEN ANKLE TIB'FIB WITH 11 SCREWS AND A PLATE
Broke my ankle tib/fib and dislocated it March 18th 2012 . Had to have surgery which resulted in 11 screws and a plate on April 18th. It's now July 2nd and I;m in a walking boot but it's very painful and my ankle swells alot . How long did it take you before the pain was diminished enought to start feeling normal again ?
Feeling very discouraged but as you said it could be alot worse
Gratefully
Michelle
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replied August 13th, 2012
Hi there I had my tib and fib broke in a attack on march the 4 th it's now nearly 51/2months on and it's still very sore I am back in work now but it still swells up after a couple of hours work but it is a lot better had its was at 4 months how r things coming on with you now cheers Alan
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replied May 1st, 2013
Hi! How are you doing now? I had similar injury and surgery, in boot now also.. transitioning into shoes. Now that it is almost a year later for you, how are you feeling and walking? Stay encouraged, my friend.. All things remain possible through God. Stay encouraged, how are you feeling now?? Please let me know, thanks.
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replied September 15th, 2010
To Beth
An unbelievable amount of breaks in one leg, Beth! I am very glad you are well and thanks for being such an inspiration to all of us. This injury requires a great deal of courage to get well and you demonstrate that.
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replied September 20th, 2010
Re: Fractured Tib/Fib w/severed ACL
bethandira wrote:
Everyone - I broke my fibula in 8 places & my tibula in 12 places, had to have 2 bone implants, 3 plates and 26 screws; severed my ACL, shattered my meniscus. I did all this to my left leg in 2 separate accidents 7 years apart; so I went thru this agony twice. My THERAPY time with the first accident was 9 months long and the second was 2 months. I was completely off my left leg for 3 months each time. I was on a cane for 9 mos. Because I am 58 YO, my ortho surgeon put me on a BONE GROWTH STIMULATOR which I used twice a day at home. I walk normally in flat shoes and I can wear a 2" heel. KEY WORD: I can walk normally. On rainy days - I know the plates are there. Hang in there. Take one day at a time and Thank the Lord that you have your leg or foot or arm and that you'll walk again. My husband and I took dance lessons this year and had a great time.



Beth,

On July 10th I broke my left leg, injured the right leg (muscles and tendons) and fractured my Spine at L1. The damage to the left leg was mayor: broken Tibia, shattered Fibula into 8 sections, broken Calcaneus and Talus bones; treatment required insertion of a plate and 12 screws. I am still non-weight bearing and will be so for at least another 3 weeks and might take up to 9 month for total repair.

Knowing that you are back to "normal walking and dancing" was great... very helpful. Your injuries are similar to mine and the time frames you cite are exactly the same as the ones given by my Dr. -3 months off the leg and 9 months for full healing.

I very independent, love to dance and was told my leg won't be the same after it heals. I suspected they were wrong... now I see Tango lessons in the future for my hubby and I. Thank you again for the benchmark.


All,

Thanks for the comments; it's nice to know that I am not the only one clumsily hopping around or feeling a bit useless. I am sure we will heal nicely so we can relate the story while we laugh at how minor it seems.



Hope
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replied October 17th, 2010
Broken Tibia
my dad has broken his tibia falling of a bike! had surgery and had a screw and a washer?!? He has a brace on his leg but he has tried taking it of today and said he thinks he probably cant walk on it again. Could this be true? =(
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replied November 7th, 2010
Busted tibia and fibula
Hello all, well I am in all of your positions.lol on 11/2/2010, I dislocated my ankle and busted my tibia and fibula, had surgery and now can set off metal detectors.(how ever i have now had that chance yet since my injury is not even a week old yet! I did this at work, and I am probably going to have to retain a lawyer.

Wanted to know from those people that have been through the healing an physical theropy how long did it take you to get back to where you were before you injury?(that is if you were able to get back to that point)I will I am sure post my status here as I go
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replied December 31st, 2012
hi scott 3589 ive done the same as you i did on the 25/10/12. how long were you off work or how long did take to get better
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replied December 4th, 2010
tib fib infection at incision site
Wow...So glad I found this site. I broke my tib, fib on 9-12. abou three weeks post op I was in physical theropy and we detected a slight infection at the incision over my ankle bone. at first the entire incision was infected from wearing the air boot when it was hot. It was about 4 inches long. It has now healed except for about a half an inch. I have taken at least 8 rounds of strong antibiotics and my incision will not heal and flairs up with infection as soon I finish antibiotics. I am soooo ready to heal already, I am walking and my limp is nearly gone but my skin will not heal on my anklebone. I had four other incisions and they have all healed and look like cat scratches at best. They healed beautifully. But my ankle is another story. I feel like my body is rejecting the hardware on that site of thin skin. I see the doc and he may put me in the hospital and open and irrigate the site. arghe. I just don't know what to do? Any thoughts or advice?
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replied December 19th, 2010
Tibia and Fibula break
Hello all
I have read all your posts and my break seems like a flesh wound. Throughout my life I have broken quite a few bones but this injury has by far been the worst, I have an open fracture to the Tib and Fib playing football back in October. Although only 8 weeks has passed the 4 pins and H frame scaffold remain. Specialists have told me that my fractures have not yet fused together and I have to go back in a month for another x-ray. I know its only a matter of time before the injury heals but daytime tv is killing me! lol. I`m just desperate to get back to work and earn money "Self Employed Plasterer" Does anyone know if the full healing process can be done within 6 months????? Although 44 I am still fit and healthy.
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replied February 15th, 2011
Broken Tib/Fib
Hello, I had broke tib and fib 10/10. The doctor started with external fix, then the screw and plates came begining of nov. Its been 3 months now since the new hardware. Unfortunatly I crushed the same side heal sum years back and have a fused ancle. I am now walking with quite the limp and the motion gets better with the more I do each day. The question I have is the foot pain is anyone have terrible foot pain. The leg feels great well sum discomfort. The bottom of foot and toes and sharp pains. I am taking perc. 5-325 2 tabs twice a day due to this however depends on what i do. Softball for an ancle ice etc. Best of luck to all, you will walk soon,, hope pain free
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replied March 15th, 2011
Broken Tibia/Fibula Recovery
Hello all,
I just want to tell you that these can heal. I broke my tibia and fibula on 12/31/10 and had surgery to put in a plate an 11 screws that same day. Now 10 weeks later, I am walking around and feeling fine. I was 2 weeks in a cast, and 7 in a removable splint. Now I am not wearing anything, and am walking around without much of a limp. It feels great to be mobile. I am doing chair pilates, and riding a bike on a trainer. I hope to ride outside soon. It is stiffin the morning, but not that bad. I think I will have a full recovery, and so do my doctors. It was a bad break, but they do heal! Take care everyone, and quick healing!!
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replied June 14th, 2011
Left Leg-Broken Tibia, Fibula
Hi All, finding this site has given me more hope! After giving birth 5/20/11 and bringing my newborn home 5/23/11, we were hit by a car while crossing the street 5/25/11. Luckily she was strapped into her Graco carseat and I was holding her up by my chest she came out with not one mark! Me on the other hand, in order to hold onto the car seat I had to break my fall by fracturing my right shoulder, on top of the broken tibia,fibula, and fractured ankle all in the left leg.

The doctors said no weight on the left leg but with the right shoulder fractured it is pretty difficult for me to use crutches. The doctors also said I will be in this cast up to my thigh for 12 weeks!!! Very depressing but I am thankful for no surgery. It's just really hard having a newborn with this intense injury.

Since I did not need surgery, will it really take 12 weeks before this heavy cast is removed? If so then what, how long after will I been back to normal in my heels and working out and caring for my baby 100%?

I do wish everyone a safe and speedy recovery.

Best!
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replied August 9th, 2011
9 months pregnant & broke my ankle
Im 36, I was 9 months pregnant on October 21,2010.
i slipped on the sidewalk & completely broke my ankle(tibia&fibula)my ankle was completly in an akward position. went to emergency room, the xrays showed it was badly broke & that they had to do surgery that day. So they induced me, i gave birth to my daughter Bella & an hour later they wheeled me into srgery where they put in 9 screws & a metal plate. I had alot of swelling & water retention due to the pregnancy and the surgery. its been 10 months almost & i still cant run or jog, i walk with a limp in the mornings cause its still hurting but sometimes im able to walk ok. i cant bend forward/backward. never had therapy. dr never sent me to it but ive been trying different stretches and excercises, anybody know of any good range of motion excercises or what will help me bend more? dr appointment in October,2011 to discuss removing pins and plate cause they are just uncomfortable.
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replied August 9th, 2011
9 months pregnant & broke my ankle
Im 36, I was 9 months pregnant on October 21,2010.
i slipped on the sidewalk & completely broke my ankle(tibia&fibula)my ankle was completly in an akward position. went to emergency room, the xrays showed it was badly broke & that they had to do surgery that day. So they induced me, i gave birth to my daughter Bella & an hour later they wheeled me into srgery where they put in 9 screws & a metal plate. I had alot of swelling & water retention due to the pregnancy and the surgery. its been 10 months almost & i still cant run or jog, i walk with a limp in the mornings cause its still hurting but sometimes im able to walk ok. i cant bend forward/backward. never had therapy. dr never sent me to it but ive been trying different stretches and excercises, anybody know of any good range of motion excercises or what will help me bend more? dr appointment in October,2011 to discuss removing pins and plate cause they are just uncomfortable.
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