Broken Leg (Leg Fracture)

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Comment from: Bindistella, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

I broke my fibula and tibia in a spiral fracture in August 2020. I had an ORIF (open reduction and internal fixation) surgery and 3 months into healing, but the place where my tibia broke still hurts. Wonder if anyone else suffers from this. I have an appointment on Tuesday. Just taking Advil until then.

Comment from: Rockifela, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 03

A space bus (Sienna) hit me and broke my right tibia and fibula in July last year, and I had an ORIF (open reduction and internal fixation) surgery 2 days later. It’s been a year and 3 months now, I still limp when I walk and I feel pain in my knee sometimes. In fact I cannot kneel with my right knee. I started taking calcium (Osteocare) in October. I'm yet to see the result. Wonder if I should continue with the calcium supplement.

Comment from: Jeff241, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 27

On 2/19/20 I thought I was at a stairway landing but was one step up. I had left foot fully planted and had started turning when my right foot slid down the remaining step. I heard the bones (tibia and fibula) snap on my way down. I had fully displaced fracture that required immediate ORIF (open reduction and internal fixation) surgery. Luckily, the bones didn't break the skin. Fractures in the ankle and knee caused the most problems. I have 8 screws in my ankle, 3 in my knee, and a rod from my knee to the ankle. I walk without limp at times but still feel every step.

Comment from: Veria , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

I broke my tibia and fibula 8 years ago and had a rod and 4 screws placed in. I got into a fight and had my leg kicked and hit repeatedly. Now I’ve had a huge lump where I had the incision 8 years ago and my leg was all bruised up. Now my leg hurts bad and I don’t know what that lump is.

Comment from: Markiemark, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 22

I fractured my tibia (compound) and fibula. I have a tibia pin and nail. It happened almost three years ago, but I am still experiencing lots of pain and swelling. It also looks like one of the lower screws may be coming out, I have a large, hard swelling above my ankle bone.

Comment from: Mullet858, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 10

I have a titanium rod in my leg from the kneecap down because of a leg fracture. I'm 230 lb. and I want to get to 200.

Comment from: Christine , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

I broke my femur and knee 9 weeks ago and wondering when I can drive.

Comment from: Deb, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 22

I broke my tibia about 8 weeks ago. I was cleared to start weight bearing and ever since I did start some weigh bearing, I had really bad persistent pain in my heel. I wonder if this is typical for this type of fracture.

Comment from: Baz, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 20

I was knocked down by a car and broke my fibula and shin in 5 places. They put in a rod and 4 screws, then I was in a boot. Physiotherapy is essential, and keep it going. My leg swells and is painful, particularly in the 3 years since. I think it has damaged the soft tissue and my therapy is to use ice on it to take the swelling down. My ankle is now painful and radiates up to my thigh. I know in time I will be using walking sticks. I keep exercises going.

Comment from: Rite, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 20

I had an ORIF (open reduction and internal fixation) in February this year after I was involved in an accident and broke my left femur. When I went back to the hospital for review 3 months after the operation, the x-ray showed a slight bending on the plate that was inserted in the leg. The doctor said the bend was minor, but advised me to stay on crutches to give enough time for healing. It is now close to 9 months down the road, but I still can’t walk straight without crutches. When I try, I find myself bending to the left.

Comment from: Rorza, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 08

I broke my tibia just above my ankle and my fibula below my knee in my left leg. I had a rod inserted in my tibia from the top of my knee with two screws at the top and the bottom. I was back walking on it at 5 to 6 weeks with about 35 percent body weight on it. Now it’s 8 weeks on, I can put all my weight on it, and I weigh 85 kgs, but still have a little swelling in the ankle and get pain in my knee. I am doing physiotherapy and I work out for 1 or 2 hours a day with stretching, to gain all the muscle back to make it stronger.

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Comment from: Denise , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 30

I broke my tibia 2 years ago. I have a plate, 8 screws and a pin through my ankle. I’m now experiencing pain at the plate site. Wonder what could cause this and if I should consider having the plate and screws removed.

Comment from: Noddy , 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 30

I snapped my tibia and fibula in a freak accident jumping from a 3' 6” wall. The leg was at a 45 degree angle so while waiting for the ambulance I tried to straighten it out myself. Fun. I've had a pin and screws inserted but owing to the nature of the break it's going to be a very long road to recovery but it could always be worse so can't complain.

Comment from: Kim, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 29

March 2011, I suffered an open, compound fracture of the lower right leg. Titanium rod and screws were inserted to fix the fracture of tibia. I have nerve damage below the break and now my ankle and inside of the lower calf have broken vessels and look bruised and swollen.

Comment from: Marinda, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 28

I broke my leg in 2017, the tibia, about 15 cm from my ankle, and the fibula, about 5 cm from my knee. I had an operation, they put a pin in my bone, and screws, about 6 months ago. It has started to pain and it is warm, it is about in the middle of my lower leg. I'm in pain and cannot go to a doctor because of the COVID.

Comment from: britttis3189, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 25

I shattered my right ankle and also had open double fracture to the tibia and fibula. Now my right leg is shorter than my left and it is causing me a lot of pain. I wonder if a chiropractor can help me.

Comment from: Missteps in Colorado, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 24

June 20th, I spiral (twist) fractured my tibia and fibula by missing a step on a short staircase. Almost a compound fracture, it was incredibly painful, and required emergency transport. Surgery was titanium rod down the middle of the tibia. No hard cast, I was put in soft cast, and later the boot. I had physiotherapy (PT) throughout recovery, and now PT offsite 2 times a week. I'm around 12 weeks of healing and surprised how much it still hurts when I weight-bear. My muscle tone and flexibility are coming back. Latest x-rays show healing is a little slow.

Comment from: MM86, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 24

I broke both bones in my leg in 8 places, shattered my ankle into pieces, and also destroyed all the cartilage in my ankle joint. I now have a plate from my knee to the ankle with 23 screws and a bone graft. After 2 surgeries, I still have 2 operations to undergo later this year. It’s been 6 months since I had my injury and I still can't walk. I have no movement in my ankle and it is all still very swollen. I've been in the pool, having physiotherapy massages, but still can't get it to move. It looks like I'm headed for an ankle fusion.

Comment from: Robert, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 22

I fractured my tibia and fibula on 5/9/20. I had a rod inserted to support the tibia. After 18 weeks I still have swelling in my foot and feel pain where the bone broke, when I try to walk. My knee hurts as well, when I try to put weight on it. I have been in physical rehabilitation for 8 weeks and still not walking without crutches.

Comment from: Bshea, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 22

I had a compound fracture of my tibia and fibula about 5 inches above my ankle. I have a metal rod inserted in my leg. Almost 5 years have passed and there are days I'm in excruciating pain.

Comment from: U know, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 09

I broke the tibia above the ankle and it splintered up. So I have four screws in my right lower leg from 48 years ago. It is red on top of the bone and tender around the scar from the operation years ago. I have swelling, it tingles and is red on top.

Comment from: Jules, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 08

I broke my kneecap 5 weeks ago. I got problems with my foot due to the cast being too tight, and I am still not walking on it, yet blood is rushing down to my foot and toes. I’m sure my nerves have been damaged.

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Comment from: Fxtib2020, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 01

I fell and broke my tibia close to the knee. I had ORIF (open reduction and internal fixation) procedure in the right leg. Two-week follow up had lots of drainage from 2 sites at the incision. The 2nd surgery was for washing out the area. Next follow up, it had still not healed, but drainage was slowing down. The 3rd surgery was for another wash out. I was on vancomycin with all 3 surgeries. The doctor said he may have to take the hardware out. I cannot do full weight bearing, it causes extreme pain in my knee. I can stand on it but when I go to take another step it causes my knee to feel extreme pain.

Comment from: Leg fracture, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 31

I had reconstructed knee cap and surgery for a fractured tibia bone over 9 years ago, and now have pain in my lower leg where the plate is.

Comment from: Apostolis, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 28

I broke my tibia and fibula on my right leg. I had surgery and have a metal rod and screws put in. Eight months on I am still in pain and it swells around the area where the break was. Wonder if that is normal.

Comment from: Electricmike56, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 21

I broke my tibia and fibula 4 weeks ago; 1 rod and 5 screws in my tibia. I’ve been applying some pressure since day two and now walk with a boot. I stopped the pain medicines 2 weeks ago and just take Tylenol. I suppose I’m doing pretty well being 50 years old but was in great physical shape pre-break. I’m having more problems with ankle mobility due to swelling and stiffness. Atrophy is there but I work a little each day to help it. Depression is a real problem if you don’t recognize it creeping up on you.

Comment from: capstick, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 17

I broke my tibia and fibula close to the ankle with the fracture running down to the ankle.

Comment from: Janette, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I broke my tibia and fibula 14 weeks ago. I had surgery and now have a rod, pins, and screws in my leg. I still can’t walk properly, my leg, knee and ankle are still swollen, and I still have a lot of pain. I have spotted bruising on my foot, and I don’t know what this is. I can’t bend my knee or move my foot much, although I’ve always done exercises given to me by the hospital. I will have physiotherapy next week in the pool. I hope this helps because I actually don’t feel like I am making a lot of progress.

Comment from: deborahellison103, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 04

I broke both the sides of my ankle and foot. I have pins in both sides of my legs and a rod in the leg. The surgery was on 5-03-2020.

Comment from: Val, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 13

I broke my tibia and fibula, it happened almost 4 weeks ago. I got surgery with plate and screws, and now with Aircast boot and crutches. I am not allowed any weight on it for another couple of weeks. I have constant pain, and can't sleep well. When will it get less painful!

Comment from: Isaac S, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 30

I am a 29 year old healthy man. I had a motor accident on the 31st of December, 2019, and my left leg got broken, but I underwent an implant surgery on the 3rd of January, 2020. I am in my 6th month, but the pain on the leg is on and off, especially when I walk for a while and the swelling is recurrent. Sometimes I feel cracks in the place where it broke. Not sure this is normal.

Comment from: Kim, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 09

I fell seven steps down a flight of stairs on my left leg. I could not bear weight in the leg. I was told the x-ray revealed no fracture, but soft tissue ligament tendon damage. I was home in a splint and was told I could weight-bear in 3-5 weeks. Six weeks in, I am not weight-bearing, and unable to bend my leg. I rang the doctor who checked my x-ray and told me I have proximal tibial fracture. I was sent back to the fracture clinic. I had CT, and fracture looks like it’s healing, but still I can’t weight-bear properly or bend my knee. I was sent home with splint. Ten weeks on I can’t bend my knee.

Comment from: Oluwadamilola, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I suffered a tibia and fibula fracture on my right leg nine years ago. They got broken at the same spot. I walk very well now but my ankle is still swollen and I feel pain sometimes.

Comment from: brewster4130, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 05

October 2019. A car hit me on my BMX bicycle. Both my lower legs broke. My upper left arm broke, and 7 ribs cracked. Pelvis was fractured. Six pints of blood and seven pints of plasma were replaced. I had a minor brain bleed and the brain recovered. My question is, if I will be messed up the rest of my life. Pain has been gone for months. I recovered immensely fast. I have rods and screws in both my legs. No need to remove the rods. I can still ride my bike, alive and well. Thank you for your time.

Comment from: Yellow bike, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 29

Three and a half weeks ago I broke my lower tibia and fibula, cracked my ankle, and damaged the ligaments on the lower right side of my leg. So, I have a steel rod, a steel plate and screws in my knee, screws in my ankle, and some type of band. I am non-weight-bearing for 8 weeks and I'm on crutches. The only time I feel no pain is up to two hours after pain medication. This happened on a bicycle.

Comment from: Olubisi I, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 02

I had a fracture of the tibia and fibula of both legs. Had surgery of internal fixation 2 years ago. Right now I feel severe pain on the ankle of the left leg due to standing for long in the kitchen.

Comment from: Bloodofthelamb143 , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

As of January 16, 2020 I fractured my fibula and was put in a cast that had to be changed out because it causes restrictions to another cast. I had to have that second cast taken off due to swelling, then was put into a sugar splint. I am now nine weeks out from breaking my ankle, and this is a non-surgery break. But they did a stress during x-ray my foot, since the 1st x-ray till now, has turned purple and was not elevated. I wonder if this is normal. Deep vein thrombosis test came back normal.

Comment from: The goat, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 28

Eight days ago I had a bad fall down 12 stairs; end result was an open fracture of the tibia and fibula. Going into surgery my surgeon was very concerned stating I would need an external fixator and probably 3 or 4 more procedures. Woke up from surgery with a smiling nurse telling me the surgery went well, and I didn’t need the external fixator. Now no weight on it for 6 weeks, etc.

Comment from: Dizzy Rach, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 25

I broke both my legs when I was a few months old. I was in a Moses basket at the time and my mum's boyfriend at the time threw me at a wardrobe. My mum died unfortunately when I was 11 and at the time I wasn't experiencing knee problems to find out more. I am 34 in March and now I have knee problems in both legs. Sometimes I collapse because either knee gives way from under me and it comes out of its joint. Very painful; eventually it goes back in and only then can I get back up.

Comment from: SoberDWTX, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 25

I had a failed right knee micro-fracture surgery in 2015. My first failed right total knee replacement (TKR) was in 2016. The surgeon undersized the implant, there was cement loosening, and it failed in 2017. The second right TKR was a revision surgery in early 2018. I broke my right femur above the implant in November 2019. I just finished 12 weeks non-weight bearing. I am anxious to see what the long term effects will be. I cannot walk very far but it’s early. Fingers crossed.

Comment from: Sjaneym , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

I broke my fibula into five pieces, and also sustained multiple breaks in my ankle. I have lots of metal work. Four years on since my leg fracture, my foot and ankle swell and I’m in constant pain.

Comment from: MJ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 12

November 9, 2019, I fell and broke my femur just above the knee I had replaced 8 years ago. I still can't walk without a walker. Wonder if this is normal and if so, how long it will take.

Comment from: Darren , 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 10

One year ago this week I crashed my car. I hit a tree at approximately 60 mph. I had bilateral open femur fractures, bilateral patella fractures, broken right ankle, broken left tibia, 6 cm of bone loss in my left femur, broken left side of pelvis, 4 broken ribs, a broken sternum and a pneumothorax. I had 6 months non-weight bearing in a wheel chair pending further operations. Now I am able to walk with a stick. I'm awaiting ligament reconstruction in my left knee, and leg lengthening surgery in my right femur.

Comment from: Joey B, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 06

I broke my upper tibia two weeks ago from motorcycle wreck while in Bali. I had plate and seven screws placed. No cast was put on. The first week was awful with hospital and the taxi to hotel. Then I had to fly to Jakarta five days after surgery. Then fly to Vietnam. The pain was unbearable as Indonesia is against narcotics even in medication. So finally I arrived in Vietnam where I reside and been on bed rest. Swelling has gone down but I have stiffness and burning sensation, I cannot walk on it.

Comment from: saul, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 27

Sorry to hear about a lot of these injuries, they sound painful. I would just like to give my experience of leg fracture which may be slightly more encouraging. I fractured my tibia above my ankle and my fibula just below my knee on Christmas. I was kept in hospital for surgery had an IM (intramedullary) rod placed down my tibia and released the following day. I struggled to move the first 1.5 weeks, slightly more mobile using crutches up to the 3 week mark. I am at 3.5 weeks and can now walk unaided, I have been to shops etc., but my knee is swollen.

Comment from: Screen Name, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: January 22

I broke my tibia and fibula 9 days ago and I had surgery for it 8 days ago. The pain has been moderate all week. Only hurts when I stand up and the blood rushes back into my leg. I stopped taking the pain medicines to really see what the pain feels like about 5 days ago. I’m not sure if that is the reason I feel the pain that I feel today. It is real sharp pains going through my leg and it’s also a bit tingly. I want to know if anyone else had going through the same thing. Thanks.

Comment from: Tank, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 16

I was run over by a car and broke both my tibia and fibula. The surgeon the next day put a rod and screws in my leg and left the smaller bone alone to heal on its own. Twelve weeks later I can walk slowly, but surely I am in pain always. Never got a walking boot or cast and was told to start walking in 4 weeks, and physiotherapy, but the issue is pain and swelling. I think I have ligament damage causing some of the swelling and my own opinion is that I have several more weeks to go before I am back to normal.

Comment from: Andre, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 14

I had a femur fracture 3 months ago. Nail has been inserted but it still has an occasional swelling. Not sure if that is normal.

Comment from: Not defeated , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 13

On November 4th, 2019 I fell from a ladder about 15 to 20 feet. I landed on my left leg and heard what was my tibia and fibula break. The tibia bone came out of the skin just above my ankle. I was in a desolate area so I had to belly crawl to my truck that was about 50 feet away to reach my phone. I called the rescue and was taken to the trauma room. Fortunately the doctors were great in there and had me schedule for surgery 6 hours later. I had a rod inserted in the bone from my ankle to my knee and four screws.

Comment from: Jes, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 02

I broke my tibia and fibula in 6 places. I could not bear any weight on the leg for 8 weeks and had to keep it straight in a leg immobilizer. I was also using crutches. It was extremely painful. I then was allowed to put light weight on it and to bend it. I started physical therapy, but still not walking. My injury happened on September 13, 2019. This has been one long journey. I hope I can walk soon.

Comment from: Mikey57, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 31

Eight years ago, at age 64, I tripped and had a spiral open fracture and fibula break. Took 4 years to walk without wheelchair, crutches or cane. Recent pain in shin sent me to MRI, which showed non-union of rod with bone. I frequently use cane with Aircast clamshell, but have periods of no need for cane or cast. Trauma surgery says I need to remove the rod and replace it. Family doctor advises to delay as long as possible. Pain ranges from 1 to 7 depending on activity. I do stationary bike, towing machine and long walking.

Comment from: Chrissy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 26

I had a twisted fracture of both tibia and fibula. I have 2 titanium plates and about 8 screws in my leg. It is 14 years now and I still get swelling in my ankle and foot. I am in a great amount of pain every day and usually can't walk without a cane by the end of a work day.

Comment from: awol_risk, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 26

On November 4th 2019, I was drinking (a lot) which resulted in my getting hit by a car. The girl who was driving was only 17 and was scared out of her mind. After I flew through her windshield, I blacked out. Next thing I know, I'm in the ICU and can't feel my legs. My surgeon tells me that I fractured my femur and both of my knee caps. I look down at all of the staples in my legs and start crying. The worst part were the stitches I had in my face! My surgeon tells me that it'll all be okay.

Comment from: Elias, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 26

I am a 31 year old medical officer. I had a car accident in August 2019. My two legs (2 tibias and 2 fibulas) were broken. I had a surgery for intramedullary nailing. It was successful. Now I am 16th week, post-operative. I am well. I can walk without any aid. Now everything is ok but I feel a little pain on my right knee. I hope I will turn fine at 24 weeks.

Comment from: Alice, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 10

I broke my ankle on both sides. It’s been 9 weeks, and I’m still in a boot. I have 10 screws and a titanium plate. Hope I will be able to walk without a limp.

Comment from: SRP1109, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

I had an open compound fracture to my tibia and fibula due to a head on collision (the other driver was at fault). Three years later and many surgeries it is now taking a toll on my other leg, hip, and back. My leg feels weighted, stays swollen, and in constant pain. I would have been much better off if they had taken off my leg like they originally planned.

Comment from: Janet, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 29

On September 20th, 2019 after a simple fall closing my car door, I sustained a spiral fractured femur involving a previous hip replacement. The pain was 10 plus on 10. Both ambulance and emergency department were amazing. I waited 3 days for a 4 to 5 hour surgery, the post-operative pain relief was inadequate. After spending 13 days in the hospital, I was eager to return home. After 4 days I became seriously breathless with severe asthma and possible pulmonary embolism. I spent 5 days in the hospital again. The whole experience has been traumatic.

Comment from: YardyYeti, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 29

I shattered my tibia and fibula in a motorcycle accident. They put a rod in my tibia, the entire length. It’s been almost a week, and when I stand I feel like fluid is going back into my legs (I keep it elevated). I have excruciating pain when trying to stand even with no weight on my leg.

Comment from: Sue T, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

Twelve weeks ago I fractured my tibia and fibula near my ankle. Not requiring surgery, I was in plaster for 6 weeks, needing splits and replacement casts due to extreme swelling. I have no pain at the breaks but foot damage and a pain up near my knee, where there was a very large bruise. I forced pain relief creme down my cast. I have had 4 weeks in a moonboot non-weight bearing and two weeks weightbearing carefully. The pain from this upper shin up to my hip is excruciating. Many tears.

Comment from: Marsha, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 14

I was knocked down onto a concrete hallway. I broke the top of the ball at the top of my thigh. I have a titanium rod, nail and screws. Now 5 years later I suddenly started having shooting pains in my thigh... like every few minutes. Almost takes my breath away.

Comment from: Jennifer , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I broke my femur 7 months ago. I did acute rehabilitation and then 6 weeks of rehab at a hospital. I was doing pretty good although my leg always felt stiff and I had a hard time bending it. I woke up yesterday, my leg is swollen and I can’t put any pressure on it. I had terrible pain, even after icing it most of the day yesterday. It is still very swollen.

Comment from: ash, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 24

I was shot in the lower left knee just below. It shattered my tibia and fibula. I had 1 rod, 2 plates, and 6 screws installed. I am just weight bearing now, 6 days ago. I must have damaged my perineal nerve somehow because I can’t lift up my foot at all, now that I can start putting weight on it. Parts of my lower ankle and leg areas are numb and swollen; that and my drop foot issue. Wonder how long this lasts.

Comment from: Subhamsdc, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: September 24

I had a distal femur fracture. I had an ORIF (open reduction internal fixation) surgery with DFLCP (distal femoral locking compression plate). It’s been 11 weeks and there was no pain from week 2 through 8. Suddenly now I am feeling a little pain which has me worried, but x-rays came normal, so there’s hope.

Comment from: Lmpalacios, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

I fractured my tibia and fibula during a car accident. I went into surgery next day and they placed a rod and screws. This was 11 years ago. It is still very painful during cold days and I am unable to walk without pain or limping. Running is impossible and jumping sends a shocking pain radiating up my leg. I am beginning to believe the pain will not go away unless I pursue physiotherapy or get the metal hardware removed.

Comment from: Pat, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

X-rays have just picked up a plateau fracture of my tibia. The pain started 7 months ago, I had x-rays at the time, and it wasn’t picked up. I am worried what is likely to happen now. I need a new knee too.

Comment from: Matt o, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 10

I was hit by a taxi 3.5 weeks ago and severely broke tibia. I have plate and rods and still lie in bed in pain. My leg feels like it is crooked and I still can’t bend my knee. I just started wearing an Aircast that is uncomfortable. I’m concerned about my future as I am 40 and a single dad. I’m told no weight on foot for months, and am using crutches. I have a broken rib on the left and injured shoulder on the right. This is emotionally getting to me and hoping there is light at the end of this tunnel.

Comment from: Me, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 04

I fractured my ankle 4 weeks ago, and had to wear an air boot and crutches. I went to an appointment with an orthopedic doctor, and he said I didn’t have to wear the boot any longer. I was quite shocked that he didn’t remove the boot to at least examine my foot, nor did he ask if it was sore. I assumed I would have to get new x-rays for the doctor to see how it is healing, but he didn’t do any of these things! Now my foot is incredibly swollen, since I was under the impression I could walk on it. This is unprofessional.

Comment from: Cwill, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 28

I broke my tibia and fibula 10 years ago. I had a metal rod and 4 screws installed. I have had leg pain every day for the past 10 years. Doctors act like I’m joking and won’t do anything. The pain is right above the break area in the front side of my shin. If I run one day I can hardly walk the next. Only thing that has helped was a physical therapist who told me he thought it was a muscle issue. If I sit and massage the pain area for about 20 minutes it helps but the pain slowly comes back in about 2 to 3 hours.

Comment from: Robert, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 27

I broke my tibia, fibula and talus. I had a high impact pilon fracture. I had surgery and 3 plates and 12 screws installed 7 months ago.

Comment from: Blizzard lizard, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

I fractured my tibia and fibula. I stepped onto a slippery, grassy, muddy slope and twisted my ankle badly. I heard a crack and sat there in shock for a while with my hurt leg resting on the bent knee of the other. I thought it was a sprain. I used an umbrella and the shoulder of my ten year old to hobble about 400 m to the ice skating rink and got my son set up, then found the first aid tent, iced up the leg, and eventually had an ambulance ride to the nearest public hospital. Quite a comedy act!

Comment from: Sally, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I fractured my left femur eight months ago and I have pain when I walk.

Comment from: Jmonoey, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 13

I broke my tibia, fibula and both ankles. I had surgery with plates, rod and screws. I have been back on the roof putting metal on, with my boot on. I use my knees a lot. It’s only been 2 months since surgery. Determination gets you where you want to go.

Comment from: Brian , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

I broke my fibula and my tibia on 1-7-19 and as of today I can't bend my knee all the way out. I have a titanium rod in my leg. I wonder if it is normal not to be able to bend my knee all the way out.

Comment from: april, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I broke my ankle on May 15, 2019 so it's been about 9 weeks since my leg fracture. I'm walking without my brace, because I needed to return to work, but I'm having sharp pains. I still have swelling that hasn't left and a hot sensation. I had to have a plate and 10 screws. I was cut on both sides, one side is fine, but the other side, if I touch it feels like needles. I was wondering if anyone else is having these problems and if it is normal. I don’t know if I'm walking too much or what.

Comment from: Agustin V, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

A motorcycle ran me over close to 3 years ago. My tibia and fibula were broken, and then I had a surgery. Since then I have been having pain. I am thinking of getting the plate and screw out, maybe that help.

Comment from: Debbie , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

On 4th May 2019, I fell down an embankment while walking dogs. My tibia snapped on my shin bone, but did not pierce the skin. Three days later I had surgery, and metal rod and screws used to realign tibia. No weight bearing for a month, with orthopedic boot, and then I was able to start walking with boot on. Currently 11th July, 2019 and I have been learning to walk without boot for 3 weeks. Everything was ceased but with exercises I have reasonable movement in ankle but walking is very wooden. There is still swelling and pain in my ankle and foot.

Comment from: Twinkie, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 11

I have a broken femur.

Comment from: Debiejohn, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

I had a tibial plateau fracture, and had surgery with 8 screws and a plate. Will it always hurt every day! It's been a year now and a year of therapy.

Comment from: Loza, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I have tibial and fibular fractures. I was in full leg cast for 4.5 weeks then in cast for 6 weeks. I just had my cast removed and am now partial weight bearing. The foot is very swollen around the ankle area and leg. I have bruising around my ankle as well. Finding it difficult to walk upstairs and carry anything with crutches. Most pain is around the back of my knee as I had little movement in cast.

Comment from: Cliona, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I’ve had this rod in my lower leg since my leg fracture 2007 but only in the last year has it begun to ache debilitatingly. Yes, a few painkillers will fix it but I wish I knew how I go about eliminating the pain altogether. I am very surprised and unable to salsa as a result.

Comment from: cathygray, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I'm 53 and I had a car accident I broke my right leg twice in my life. The last break my shin broke through the skin. They put a rod in my leg and screws to hold in place till the bone heals. Doctor says it won’t heal. I am wondering if I can get amputated. It will give me quality of life.

Comment from: Wifeofchefj9, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 02

I suffered a fibula break. And I cracked the heel bone. I was in a surgical cast for 2 weeks. Then they put me in a regular cast for 6 weeks. I just got that cast off a week ago. My doctor showed me that both bones have healed. But my problem is that I can't put any weight on my foot. Because it hurts too badly around my ankle area. And I mean a lot of pain. Im in a boot. My anniversary is in September, and we are in June. I am just afraid that I won’t be able to walk on it by then.

Comment from: Afaq, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 02

I got a fracture in my lower leg, tibia in medial condyle and posterior. Now it’s been 9 weeks and I have been treated with simple plaster cast but swelling occurs at the foot and ankle.

Comment from: Brent, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 18

I had a tibia/fibula spiral fracture with fractured ankle. I had surgery with rod and 7 screws. It’s been a month since surgery. Physical therapy wants me bending my knee to 90 degrees. I can only bend it to 20 degrees. I don’t know if that is normal. She says that after the first month it’s harder to bend it.

Comment from: Bo, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I fell in the shower really hard. My right leg was swollen and bruised but I assumed that because I could still put weight onto it that nothing was broken. I continued to walk, work a physical labor job and drive for 5 days until the pain became unbearable and I went to the hospital. After getting an x-ray I was informed that I have a spiral fracture on my right tibia. I have been in an air cast/walking boot for 5 days now and see an orthopedic doctor in 3 days from now to find out the verdict.

Comment from: Dean, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 12

I broke my lower fibula about an inch above my ankle 10 days ago. I have just been up to the hospital for another x-ray. The bone is in a good position so I won’t need surgery to re-align bones but I can opt for them to put a little plate and screws in. I am just wondering what's the best thing to do, leave it to mend on its own or just get it screwed together I don’t want any problems further down the line, not sure what to do.

Comment from: Bec, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I am a curvy large lady and had a broken leg bone, dislocated ankle and other leg bone, and talar shift on January 19. I had an operation to put a plate with screws in. I had a screw removed in March. I started walking short distances. I also started physiotherapy in May. Despite losing 9.5 lb. and going back to work on a phased return the pain in the last few weeks has become intolerable and constant, and is affecting both ankles and is getting worse, and my knee feels sticky and cracking.

Comment from: Steve, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 09

I broke both bones in my leg and had three breaks. It has been eight months and still hurts.

Comment from: Colin , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 06

I had a fracture in the biggest bone in the leg. I was operated, with a rod straight through and my ankle on the other foot with pins and plates. This was 8 months ago and I am still in pain.

Comment from: mrsc78, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 11

On 2nd February, 2019 I slipped on ice and ended up with right distal tibia spiral fracture and fibula fracture. I had ORIF surgery same day, spent 3 weeks with no cast, then 4 weeks with a below knee cast, and am now in moon boot and partial weight bearing with crutches. I wonder how long before I am walking unaided. It’s been an utter nightmare as my husband has broken his left and right femur so between us we are pretty useless.

Comment from: Hope, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 08

Ten years ago I broke my femur playing softball (freak accident). I was 12 years old. It was a clean break in the middle. They put 2 rods in that cross at the break. They inserted them on each side of my knee. Today I have constant pain where the break was and have started to limp. Unsure what my next move is but it is getting worse and something needs to be done.

Comment from: Ghw5050, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 15

On October 22, 2019 I suffered a stress fracture of the tibia and fibula. Compound break with tibia intrusion through the skin. I had an external fixator 5 weeks, lower leg non-walking cast 2 weeks, walking cast sandal for cast 2 weeks. I went in to get cast off for boot and result was nonunion of the break on 1/07/19. It will be 1/22 or 1/29 before intramedullary rod surgery. I hope the wait is ok.

Comment from: Susan, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

I suffered a fall resulting in a severe tibia/fibula shatter, 2 breaks in each bone. Ten hours after the fall I was taken into emergency surgery for compartment syndrome where a fasciotomy was performed as I was losing the foot, toes, leg, and possibly my life. Nine surgeries and 2 months later, the broken bones were finally addressed, followed by 12 weeks of non-weight bearing on that leg. Doctor said it will take one year to walk unaided again. It is painful, and the foot still swells. Very discouraging.

Comment from: Ali, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

Five years ago in May I fractured my fibula and tibia. I had surgery on it so have plates and screws. I have deteriorated quite fast! Since then I have been in constant pain, I can’t walk far distances without limping in pain, I can’t stand on it, and at night I use crutches around the house. My last option is bone fusing but they say I am too young (25). I don’t know how I get through every day without cracking up. Sometimes good days and some days I cry but just keep pushing through it.

Comment from: Javin kharod, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 06

I had a tibia fracture and they installed a titanium plate, but I have developed foot drop along with the plate. After 3 and half months I still have foot drop so there is no progress.

Comment from: Natalie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I had a tibia/fibula fracture and it was at the top of the shin close to the knee.

Comment from: Jamie, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 02

I had a distal tibia spiral compound fracture. I am 4 months post operation and starting to bear weight but my ankle and foot swell so much and the pain is horrendous.

Comment from: Jacksonscash, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 31

A car accident guardrail pinned my leg between it and the outside wall of the car, in the floorboard. It broke the tibia bone but did not break through the skin. It happened 5 weeks ago but now my ankle and foot are very swollen and I can’t seem to get the swelling down and it is so tight it hurts.

Comment from: V, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 07

I broke my tibia and my fibula almost 5 weeks ago. When I went to emergency, I regrettably sat 4 and a half hours in the waiting room, was casted to my middle thigh, and sent home with a prescription for pain relief. An appointment was made for me at that time to attend the fracture clinic two weeks following my break. I sat in agonizing pain for that period of time before my life altering appointment with the orthopedic surgeon. Naturally I assumed I was on my way to recovery, having sat in a cast for two weeks. I was very much mistaken when the surgeon came in with my x-rays and immediately said I need surgery and will be booked in within the next 12 hours. How could the doctor who first seen me not realize this! Why had I not had a consult with an orthopedic surgeon right then? I was not the only one asking questions, in fact the whole staff in the clinic were wide eyed with their jaws dropped, to think that I sat for two weeks in the state I was in. There was a spiral fracture of my tibia, and my fibula snapped at my ankle. With a 9 year old, 7 year old and a 3 month old at home, I became enraged that I was simply just sent home with heavy pain killers when in reality, I should’ve never left the hospital without surgery! Well, here I am now, two weeks behind but 5 weeks into recovery. I have a titanium rod in the tibia from my knee to my ankle, and a metal plate and screws to correct the fibula and support my ankle. I spent 4 weeks in a cast up past my knee, and now in an air cast (not weight bearing) for an additional 4 weeks. Total 8 weeks no weight bearing. I return to my orthopedic surgeon in 3 weeks. I am doing physiotherapy and exercising daily. Then hopefully I can start to walk again! This has been one of the toughest times in my life and so frustrating! I just hope this pain subsides over time so I can feel normal again.

Comment from: John, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 10

I had ankle replacement on November 7th. The replacement moved breaking my fibula. The doctor referred me to another specialist. The specialist told me to wait 8 weeks to see if it healed. I waited 8 weeks in severe pain. I rang another specialist and within 48 hours he operated and put in plates and screws, and leg in cast; 8 weeks nightmare.

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