A shinbone fracture is a break in the tibia (shinbone). The lower leg has two bones that connect the knee to the ankle: the tibia and the fibula. The tibia is the larger of the two bones and runs on the inside of the lower leg. The fibula is much smaller and runs along the outside of the lower leg.
The doctor may prescribe pain medication depending on the level of pain. Your doctor will order more x-rays while the bone heals to ensure that the bones have not shifted position.
When your doctor decides you are ready, start range-of-motion and strengthening exercises. You may be referred to a physical therapist to assist you with these exercises. Do not return to sports until your leg is fully healed and leg muscle strength is back to normal.
A shinbone fracture can take many weeks to heal, but more severe or open fractures may take even several months.
If you are diagnosed with a shinbone fracture, follow your doctor's
To help prevent shinbone fractures:
Do not put yourself at risk for trauma to the bone.
Eat a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D.
Do weight-bearing exercises to build strong bones.
Build strong muscles to prevent falls and to stay active and agile.
Wear proper padding and safety equipment when participating in sports or activities.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a