Although it takes a lot of force to break the tibial bone (the long shinbone), it is one of the most common fracture types. In younger people, the cause is usually high-impact trauma from a fall, car accident or sports-related injury. Read on to learn more.
Causes & Triggers
- High-impact collision (especially motor vehicle accident)
- Sports injuries
Signs & Symptoms
- Apparent deformity
- Inability to bear weight
- Numbness or coolness in the foot
Tips & Treatment
- Because the tibia is an important weight-bearing bone and this injury type can be severe, seek immediate medical treatment after injury.
- In the elderly, this fracture can occur with a lower-impact fall or trauma if bone health is poor.
- Non-surgical treatment may include immobilizing the area with a splint and/or brace.
- Surgical intervention may be required if the fracture does not heal with conventional treatment or if the break is severe.