Tibial Fracture

A tibial fracture is a break in your tibia bone. The tibia is the large shinbone in your lower leg. The bone will be held in place with a cast or splint until it is healed.

HOME CARE

  • Put ice on the injured area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day, for 2 days.

  • If you have a cast:

  • Do not scratch under the cast.

  • Check the skin around the cast every day. You may put lotion on any red or sore areas.

  • Keep your cast dry and clean.

  • If you have a splint:

  • Wear the splint as told by your doctor.

  • Loosen the elastic around the splint if your toes get numb, tingle, or turn cold or blue.

  • Do not put pressure on the cast or splint until it is hard.

  • Do not put the cast or splint in water. Cover it with a plastic bag when bathing.

  • Use crutches as told by your doctor.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • See your doctor as told for follow-up visits.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Pain gets worse or is not controlled with medicine.

  • Puffiness (swelling) or redness gets worse.

  • You start to lose feeling in your foot or toes.

  • Your foot or toes get cold or blue.

  • You have pain in your leg, especially if it gets worse when you move your toes.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.