I recently (3 days ago) broke my tibia and fibula. Here are pictures I took of my x-ray. Clean, closed breaks. I realize that the tibia is the weight bearing bone but it is only cracked a little. The fibula is broken all the way through, but I have heard that fibula can usually be treated without surgery. I am currently in an air cast and it is causing me barely any discomfort at all. I really need to know if my overall condition (both tibia and fibula breaks) can be treated in ANY WAY at all without surgery. My x-rays are image hosted below.
Also I am a runner and would like to know if I will be able to run again 100%, but that question is secondary to the surgery question.
PICTURES OF MY X-RAYS- Copy and paste into web-browser:
Excellent job getting the images online. It helped a lot.
Although fractures are out of my scope of practice as a chiropractor... judging from the images you posted, it seems likely that the tibia should heal fine.
It is possible that the fibula may need screws and/or a plate due to the diagonal orientation. You may consider getting a second opinion on surgery from a different ortho surgeon. The casting may be enough to heal the fracture without surgery, as long as it does not displace in the meantime. Good Luck!
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