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Fracture, Ankle, Distal Fibula

You have a fracture (broken bone) of the end of the fibula bone. This is one of two bones that support the ankle joint.

Home Care:

  1. You will be given a splint, cast or special boot to prevent movement at the site of injury. Do not put weight on a splint; it will break. Follow your doctor's advice regarding when to begin bearing weight on a cast or boot.

  2. Keep your leg elevated when sitting or lying down. When sleeping, place a pillow under the injured leg. When sitting, support the injured leg so it is level with your waist. This is very important during the first 48 hours.

  3. Keep the cast/splint completely dry at all times. When bathing, protect the cast/splint with a large plastic bag, rubber-banded at the top end. If a fiberglass cast or splint gets wet, you can dry it with a hair-dryer.

  4. Place an ice pack (ice cubes in a plastic bag, wrapped in a towel) on the splint/cast over the injured area for 20 minutes every 2 hours during the first day.You can place the ice pack directly over the splint/cast. Continue this 3-4 times a day for the next two days.

  5. You may use acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) to control pain, unless another pain medicine was prescribed. [NOTE: If you have chronic liver or kidney disease or ever had a stomach ulcer or GI bleeding, talk with your doctor before using these medicines.]

Follow Up

with your doctor in one week, or as advised by our staff, to be sure the bone is healing properly. If you were given a splint, it may be changed to a cast after the swelling goes down.

[NOTE: A radiologist will review any X-rays that were taken. We will notify you of any new findings that may affect your care.]

Get Prompt Medical Attention

if any of the following occur:

  • The plaster cast or splint becomes wet or soft

  • The fiberglass cast or splint remains wet for more than 24 hours

  • Increased tightness or pain under the cast or splint

  • Toes become swollen, cold, blue, numb or tingly