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    Broken Fibula

    Had a spill at whistler on my most recent trip on Lower Duffman. Rocky section which was fairly low speed and front wheel slipped off my intended line and I came off the bike and and planted my foot.

    I believe the shin guard took the brunt of the injury, and rolled during the fall I heard a crack and inmediate pain, checked myself over (body armour,knee,shin,full face,and neck brace) and all seemed well.

    This happened on Friday and decided to wait till I got back home in the states on monday and the doc said I had a broken fibula. Not to bad. Gave me a walking boot and told me take it easy for 6 weeks or so and just listen to my body.

    It wasnt a complete break but a stress fracture
    With some visible cracking.

    Anybody had something similar? Thinking of a month off and gauging my comfort level then.

    I do a decent amount of crossfit so Im just gonna scale down my workouts to bodyweight and low impact stuff to maintain conditioning

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    let it heal and you'll be better in the long term.

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    Stress fractures are common with sports like ours. I usually give it a week and or less.
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    Thanks for the info...


    Needless to say this is alot less worse injury than the broken femur I had in 2009, broke the ball off the knee, not a good day, 8 months on crutches and alot of rehab, still feel it from time to time.


    Today is about 1 week from injury, still limping around some and having some issues, walking down stairs, and jolts/sudden moves cause some issues. The boot actually hurts more than it does anything. I have been sticking with KT Tape (keneisiology) and a neoprene ankle/calf cuff.

    Havent ran into any swelling or bruising. This is more aggravating than anything, feels like a constant shin splint/lower calf cramp.....

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    xray techs / doctors often suck or are lazy. on one skateboard injury in 2008 the doctor told me I definitely don't have a fracture. Yet the bone in the xray was completely white all around the bottom indicating a crush. I was having a hard time walking after coming down hard. I was paying cash for the xrays and wanted the good foot exrayed so to compare. They refused.

    what are you too busy? I was the only patent in the office and it's a recession.
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    Quote Originally Posted by design-engine View Post
    xray techs / doctors often suck or are lazy. on one skateboard injury in 2008 the doctor told me I definitely don't have a fracture. Yet the bone in the xray was completely white all around the bottom indicating a crush. I was having a hard time walking after coming down hard. I was paying cash for the xrays and wanted the good foot exrayed so to compare. They refused.

    what are you too busy? I was the only patent in the office and it's a recession.

    Yep, substandard health care sucks...... Always good to have a 2nd opinion. Did you recover ok?

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    I suppose I healed okay. I often limp when I get up from a desk fast for 10 seconds. I crashed into a pine tree yesterday tho. That hurts
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    broken fibula two places--hurt like hell approx 2 to 3 weeks---mainly after each "un-elevation". Also had a walking boot but told to keep weight off of it..which I "mostly" obeyed the first couple weeks. Anyway I'm back to all my usual activities but on some of our short steep TX "hills" here I either still "feel" it a tad or dont quite ahve the confidence. But 99% there and pleased enough for not having a cast and a too strcit regimen. Oh I did see the PT for 8 appointments and to me the "balancing" exercise were not worth it; I have flat feet and dont balance well anyway. THis just made me more sore for a short bit.

    Good luck.

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    Ouch man. Glad you had the protection on or it could have been much worse. Good luck with the recovery!
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    Finally got into my Orthopedic Dr today and good report.

    Break is just a crack, non displaced although it did completely make it thru. Said I should be back to 100% effort levels on the DH bike in 4 weeks, so that will be 6 weeks total. He also conducted a stability test of my ankle for all the tendon/ligaments for stability "realtime" under and x-ray machine to check for gapping between the tibia and ankle/foot, and all was good. He said sometimes with fibula breaks there is alot of torsional/radial forces applied to the ankle which will contribute to a combined fibula break and major soft tissue damage, not my case apparently.


    He suggested I get back on the bike, keep it light and local, no DH and listen to injury, if it hurts back off the intensity/technical level.

    I was subscribed a heavy duty sports ankle brace & calf neoprene support cuff to help with healing and support.

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