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 & Treatments

  • 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.
These lists are not inclusive of all conditions and procedures. In order to obtain a complete and accurate diagnosis, a physician should assess your individual situation. Following diagnosis, your physician will discuss appropriate treatment options with you – both surgical and non-surgical. Schedule an appointment with an Orthopedic ONE physician.