The fibula is the thinner of the two connected calf bones and runs parallel to the tibia from knee to ankle. Despite being the slenderest of the long limb bones in humans, it is still crucial for simple movements like walking, running and jumping. As such, any fracture of the fibula can cause a drastic reduction in mobility, initially due to the necessity to wear either a full or half leg cast, and after this due to continuing pain that can cause you to walk with a limp. Therefore, many people who suffer these kinds of injury are desperately keen to know what the fibula fracture healing time is.
Unfortunately, there is no one definitive answer, as factors such as the type of fracture, position of fracture and any setbacks in recovery mean that fibula fracture healing time periods can vary from six weeks to 12 months.
How to reduce fibula fracture healing time
Fibula fractures are a relatively common injury, and as such there are a number of tried and tested ways of reducing fibula fracture healing time. Methods in this area include the use of orthotics or a protective boot, taping and bracing, ice and heat treatment, and hydrotherapy, but the most important thing to do is to seek the professional advice of a physiotherapist who can draw up a treatment schedule for you. This schedule will include a combination of the methods mentioned above as well as a graduated return to activity that will ensure that you do not hinder your own recovery by returning to exercise too quickly.
Coping with the costs of recovery
Despite advances in physiotherapy and medical treatment, the fact remains that receiving the kind of treatment that will help you to recover fully as quickly as possible can be rather costly. Therefore, it is important to realise that if you suffered your fracture due to an accident or incident that was somebody else’s fault, you are eligible to claim for compensation to help cover these costs. This won’t reduce the physical pain caused by the fracture, but it may well help you to cope financially during your fibula fracture healing time without falling into debt.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you need help and advice to claim compensation for a fibula fracture, you cannot go far wrong by contacting Accident Advice Helpline. We have over 16 years’ experience of dealing with compensation claims and are the only company in this area to have gained the endorsement of consumer champion Dame Esther Rantzen, thanks to our outstanding record of getting the best results for claimants. Our friendly and professional staff are available seven days a week on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 on your mobile, and are sure to be able to guide you through the whole process of making a claim.
Date Published: 29th July 2013
Author: David Brown