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my broken fibula

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I broke my fibula slighty above my ankle bone, no surgery was needed cause it was not low enough, happened on10/5/09 and had a cast for only 3 weeks and now in a walking boot. full break too. I have a ski trip set on 01/05/10. im kinda worried it will be a painful ski trip. its will be exaclty 3 mounths from time it happened to i hit the mountain. what its going to be like?????? lol

Does anyone have any similar situations and time frame? how was the fibula on the mountain?

thanks
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Originally Posted by keithm View Post

I broke my fibula slighty above my ankle bone, no surgery was needed cause it was not low enough, happened on10/5/09 and had a cast for only 3 weeks and now in a walking boot. full break too. I have a ski trip set on 01/05/10. im kinda worried it will be a painful ski trip. its will be exaclty 3 mounths from time it happened to i hit the mountain. what its going to be like?????? lol

Does anyone have any similar situations and time frame? how was the fibula on the mountain?

thanks
Don't fall.  Good luck with that.

When I broke my Fibula and Tibia I was in a cast for 3 months.  I was 14 years old at the time. My doctors daughter broke her leg a week before I did.  He let his daughter of the cast after 7 weeks.  On the 8th week she rebroke her leg.   He tells me Iam going to be in the cast longer than his daughter. 
post #3 of 12
Keith,
You should be fine.  I broke my Fibula at the beginning of July last year and by October I was running again and skiing in December.  The worst part about my situation was that I severely sprained my ankle as well and that is where the discomfort came from.  The bone was fine when I ran, skied, etc..
post #4 of 12
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 ok that makes me feel a lot better guys, I should be ok I got put in an air cast friday for another 3 weeks and the doctor said I should be ok Im just worried about physical strength now! thanks for the help! take care
post #5 of 12
 I would do lots of exercise for your dorsiflexion (pulling your forefoot upwards) with surgical hose for resistance.  This is a key skiing muscle in the lower leg that doesn't get much of a work out in everyday life.

I share your fear, just broke my foot last Saturday, three metatarsals but also did some soft tissue damage.   I am going to try to ski this Wednesday if I can get it in a boot.  Dr. said if the swelling is down and I can get it in a ski boot I should be OK?   He said to just use good judgement.  

Listen to your Doc if he/she is a skier or athlete!  Use good judgement and test it out a bit before your trip!  Oh, and don't take your boot off at lunch! not until you are finished for the day.
post #6 of 12
What does your surgeon say?
When I broke mine (pretty severely, surgery, PT etc) I waited about 9 months. It took a lot of PT before I was able to regain range of motion and especially balance after being in an air cast with 50% weight for 8 weeks. Even that first season I took it easy-I just did not feel right.

The rigid plastic of a ski boot should give protection/support-3 months does seem pretty soon though.
post #7 of 12
I broke my fibula once.  Didn't know it.  Skied a couple runs. Was going to quit but a customer came in so I ending up doing an hour and twenty minute lesson.  Continued skiing two to three days a week for the rest of the season not much worse for the wear.  Didn't even find out I broke it til they xrayed it two years later when I broke my ankle mountain biking.

But, do what yer doc sez.
post #8 of 12
just shows that there are all kinds of "broken fibulas"
learntoturns sounds like a hairline fracture-mine was a complete break and seperation-sounded like a stick snapping when it broke (off trail hiking accident)

to the OP good luck, hope you have a good ski trip!
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I broke my fibula slighty above my ankle bone, no surgery was needed cause it was not low enough, happened on10/5/09 and had a cast for only 3 weeks and now in a walking boot. full break too. I have a ski trip set on 01/05/10. im kinda worried it will be a painful ski trip. its will be exaclty 3 mounths from time it happened to i hit the mountain. what its going to be like?????? lol

Does anyone have any similar situations and time frame? how was the fibula on the mountain?

thanks
I'm in a very similar situation, I broke my fibula/ankle in a football game 10.17.09, spent 4wks in a cast and 3wks in walking boot. my ortho doc isn't necessarily clearing me for skiing on my trip to CO on 1.9.10, but I'm already invested, and I organized it with a bunch of friends. I've got PT coming up so hopefully I can get strengthened up enough so I can at least safely spend some time on the groomers. As of now, no pain, full range of motion and walk w/o limp.  I'm wondering if my ortho doc is conservative, but that's his job I suppose. Nevertheless, i'm pounding down the calcium. how's your progress? I wish you luck on the slopes. don't re-break a leg.  
post #10 of 12
You might be OK!  I had a major tib/fib break, but since the tibia was so messed up, I didn't even think about the fibula.  There is just a big mass of bone there now  I have heard a typical 2-3 month healing time, though.  Be glad it wasn't something more serious, and don't re-injure it.

I would agree that aggressive rehab is a key.  Your muscle and range of motion will decrease very quickly, so try and stay on top of it and get some good PT exercises to do at home. Docs often overlook the rehab portion, but being as active as you can be is key to the recovery.
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by keithm View Post

I broke my fibula slighty above my ankle bone, no surgery was needed cause it was not low enough, happened on10/5/09 and had a cast for only 3 weeks and now in a walking boot. full break too. I have a ski trip set on 01/05/10. im kinda worried it will be a painful ski trip. its will be exaclty 3 mounths from time it happened to i hit the mountain. what its going to be like?????? lol

Does anyone have any similar situations and time frame? how was the fibula on the mountain?

thanks

I broke mine in late Jan 2008. In a cast for four weeks. The bone healed just fine, but I lost strength and ROM. I was able to walk fine in the cast, but when they remove it I was surprised how weak and stiff my ankle was.

I wasn't cleared to ski until mid April. I had no arguement with that. Take it real easy is my advice. You don't want to ruin the rest of the season for yourself.
post #12 of 12
I broke my tib/fib in late october, i needed surgery to repair the tibia and have a rod in there now and what not. My doctor told me anywhere from 6 weeks to 3 months for recovery, but something like skiing is definitely closer to 3 months. So you might be ok for 3 months, but it all  depends on how well your body heals. Also, no matter what, you should definitely turn yourd DIN down a little this year, and especially on this first trip. most of all though you really do have to listen to what your doctor says. if the bone isn't healed enough by then to ski safely, then it might not be worth the risk. good luck with it though!
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