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Unfortunately, people do fall over. Luckily, significant injuries are uncommon but some people do sustain fractures or soft tissue injuries.
Fractures can be treated with casting or orthotics with regular checks to make sure the fracture heals in a satisfactory position. However, some fractures require operative fixation using plates/screws or titanium nails/rods.
The decision is based on the age of the patients, the type of fracture and the position of the fracture.
If non-operative, fibula fractures are managed with a cast or splint for 6 weeks.
If the fracture is displaced then plate and screws are used. Immobilisation is for 2 weeks followed by a CAM walker for protection. Non weightbearing period is generally 6 weeks.
Surgery is generally recommended for neck of femur fractures. They can be treated with a hip screw and plate / titanium rod or hip replacement depending on the fracture location.