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Prognosis

The outlook for leg fractures varies, depending on the type of fracture and its severity:

  • Femur fractures Almost all femur fractures heal well, and most patients are able to return to their normal activities after about 6 months of treatment and rehabilitation. Among elderly patients with weakened bones, the rate of repeat fractures is high, ranging from 1% to 15%.

  • Tibia fractures Tibia shaft fractures also have a good prognosis. Fractures that are closer to the knee tend to heal faster than those near the ankle. Fractures in children tend to heal faster than those in adults.

  • Fibula fractures Almost all fractures of the fibula shaft heal very well without complications.

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