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Tibial Fractures


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

  • Accident
  • Fall
  • High-impact collision (especially motor vehicle accident)
  • Overuse
  • Sports injuries

Signs & Symptoms

  • Apparent deformity
  • Inability to bear weight
  • Instability
  • Numbness or coolness in the foot
  • Pain
  • Swelling

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.

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