With appropriate treatment, a fibula fracture generally heals in four to six weeks, states Baylor Scott & White Health. Depending on the level and severity of the break, treatment options include ice, elevation and using a leg brace or walking boot. Most people with a fractured fibula must use crutches.
Sometimes a patient with a fractured fibula requires surgical placement of rods, screws or plates to fix the break. Throughout recovery, patients should perform strengthening and stretching exercises to maintain their range of motion and muscle strength, states Baylor Scott & White Health. Fibular fractures generally result from stress fractures, a direct hit to the lower leg, or extreme twisting at the ankle or knee.