The symptoms of a Tibia Fracture may be one or all of the following:
● Severe pain in the lower leg
● Swelling, erythema (reddening of skin) and warmth of the skin
● Possible visible deformity of lower leg
● Pale color and a cool sensation of the foot if blood vessels were damaged compromising the blood supply
● A ‘pins and needles’ sensation that may extend down the leg and into the feet and toes if nerves are involved
● Loss of ability to bear weight on the lower leg
● A low-grade fever as the body’s response to stave off infectionIf You Are Experiencing Symptoms, Schedule an Appointment Dr. Burke Orthopedics Immediately.
The only way to definitively confirm if you have broken the tibia is through imaging techniques, starting with an x-ray of the area. After an initial consultation with your orthopedic surgeon, an x-ray will be ordered if a fracture is suspected. If it is confirmed that you have broken a bone in the lower leg, an MRI or CT scan of the area may be ordered in order to look at the area in greater detail and determine if there was any involvement of soft tissue damage caused by the injury. This will most likely be the case as blood vessel and nerve damage is a common complication with this injury.
With a fracture, immobilization is key to allow for healing of the tissues. Surgery is not always required in the case of a fracture. But, if surgery is needed, the area of the fracture and ensuing type of corrective surgery will be determined by the severity and type of fracture that you present with. Your tibia will be placed in the proper position in the case of a displaced fracture, and then will be placed in a cast in order for healing to take place.
After a period of time and your doctor is confident that enough healing has occurred, your cast will be taken off and a course of physical therapy will be ordered in order to restore range of motion, strength, and function of the lower leg.