Call to speak with our helpful office staff9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Friday, or complete a contact form anytime.
Se habla español.
To reschedule or cancel an appointment, please use this form.
Home » Conditions »
Tur with these types of fractures.
To help reduce your chance of a shinbone fracture:
The most common symptoms of a tibial shaft fracture are:
It is important that your doctor knows the circumstances of your injury. It is just as important for your doctor to know if you sustained any other injuries. After discussing your symptoms and medical history, your doctor will do a careful examination of your shinbone. He or she will assess your overall condition, and then focus on your leg. After the visual inspection, your doctor will feel along your leg to see if there are abnormalities of the tibia. Your doctor will test your sensation and muscle strength by asking you to move your toes and see if you can feel different areas over your foot and ankle. Then, your doctor may order X-rays or a CT scan to examine your lower leg more closely and to confirm diagnosis.
In planning your treatment, your doctor will consider several things, including the cause of your injury, your overall health, the severity of your injury, and the extent of soft tissue damage. Initially, most injuries cause some swelling for the first few weeks. Therefore, your doctor may apply a splint to provide comfort and support. Unlike a full cast, a splint can be tightened or loosened, and allows swelling to occur safely. Once the swelling goes down, your doctor will consider a range of treatment options. One proven nonsurgical treatment method is to immobilize the fracture in a cast for initial healing. After weeks in the cast, it can be replaced with a functional brace made of plastic and fasteners. The brace will provide protection and support until healing is complete.