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    Fractured tibia

    I have a displaced and angulated tibia. I'm 37 years post with bad osteoporosis. The ED put on a fiberglass cast until I was to see the ortho they referred me to. I got a call from his office saying I shouldnt have been given it because could cause sores and I should just wrap my leg with pillows and tape it! I called my primary for a 2nd opinion. What is it I should ask for? I occasionally have some mild AD, clamminess not raised BP, mostly when lying on my back. Advice?
    Embrace uncertainty. Hard problems rarely have easy solutions. Jonah Lehrer

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    I wonder if an air cast would help. At least until you get something better.

    Those things that look like halo braces and pins might prevent pressure sores but would hamper transfers and mobility.

    By the way, nice to see you on here again, its been a while... sorry about the leg though.

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    When I broke both ankles a few years ago, they were wrapped with ace wraps then air casts on top of that. They were also elevated day and night. I rented a chair with elevating leg rests.They were changed and checked daily. I am 33 years post with osteoporosis as well. Sorry to hear about your break.

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    Do you stand or walk with braces at all? If so, you may be a candidate for surgical stabilization of your fracture.

    I agree that you should not be in a hard cast. Have seen too many pressure injuries as a result. Much better to use a soft splint. Where on the tibia is your fracture? Generally it is important to stabilize both the joint above and below any fracture, so for the tibia, this would usually mean the knee and ankle. You want a splint that can be removed at least daily for skin inspection. Here are a couple examples.

    https://www.alimed.com/miami-tibial-...EaAn0IEALw_wcB

    https://www.etennurologicalsupplies....g-p/fb3000.htm

    Your orthopedist should be able to refer you to an orthotist who can get you the right type of splint.

    Alternatively, your current cast can be "bivalved" (cut down both sides) and used as a removable splint; holding the two sides together by wrapping with an Ace wrap, and allowing it to be removed for skin inspection at least daily.

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    No I'm a complete. The fracture is around the middle of my calf and the ED just called to say I also have a small displaced fracture of the fibula.

    Those splints pictured go above knee do they allow the knee to bend? My chair doesnt have elevating leg rests, it tilts.

    Thanks Scott and sugarcube.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leschinsky View Post
    No I'm a complete. The fracture is around the middle of my calf and the ED just called to say I also have a small displaced fracture of the fibula.
    Those splints pictured go above knee do they allow the knee to bend? My chair doesnt have elevating leg rests, it tilts. ll
    Many people who are complete still stand (such as in a standing frame).

    Consult with your orthopedist if you need to keep your knee straight, at least initially. If so, you may need to use a different wheelchair temporarily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pfcs49 View Post
    You were missed!
    Good luck with the lame leg.
    Not that I recommend it, but I recently had my right leg amputated at the knee for non healing progressing wounds that go back 23 years.
    Thanks! I need to come by more than just when I need something


    Sorry KLD thought you meant stand on my own volition. So surgery is completely out then?
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    Quote Originally Posted by leschinsky View Post
    Sorry KLD thought you meant stand on my own volition. So surgery is completely out then?
    Yes, usually that is not done for those with paralysis due to the surgical risks, unless standing is part of your normal routine. Plates and pins can be a problem with significant osteoporosis.

    Quote Originally Posted by airart1 View Post
    at least will need a soft brace, I used a Bledsoe brand..it was very good quality...I would give you a link but i'm not supposed to, I don't think...
    Why not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by leschinsky View Post
    Thanks! I need to come by more than just when I need something
    Sometimes it's hard emotionally to hang out here. Good Luck.
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