What happens after a fracture heals?
December 1, 2006 3:39 PM Subscribe
I broke my leg. What happens when the cast comes off?
I broke the fibula, about 30mm above the lateral malleolus (the sticky outy ankle bone). It was as a result of a martial arts accident, where I was thrown very powerfully by an instructor. My foot stayed planted on the floor, while my upper body rotated. The injury mechanism would have been similar to a downhill ski-er having their foot rotated in a fall when their bindings didn't release.
X-rays at the time and a week after showed that all the bits were pretty much in the right spot, and as a result the orthopaedic surgeon decided not to operate, but to treat it conservatively ie plaster and rest. She said at the time that there was nothing about the fracture as an injury or me as a patient that gave her any reason to think that it wouldn't heal fully.
I'm at week four of six weeks in a fibreglass cast. What I want to know is what to expect in terms of mobility, pain etc when the cast comes off. FWIW, I'm male, 35, 140 lbs and otherwise quite fit.