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8 Potential Inability to Bear Weight Immediately After Injury Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Hip Fracture

    A hip fracture is a break in the upper quarter of the femur (thigh) bone. The extent of the break depends on the forces that are involved, which determines the type of surgery used for treatment.

    Full recovery can take from 2-3 months to a year

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one knee, constant hip pain, groin pain, severe hip pain, limping
    Symptoms that always occur with hip fracture:
    hip pain from an injury, constant hip pain
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  2. 2.Broken Ankle

    An ankle fracture is a break in 1 or more ankle bones.

    Depending on the type of fracture, recovery may take up to a year.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    difficulty walking, constant ankle pain, swollen ankle, pain in one ankle, ankle pain from an injury
    Symptoms that always occur with broken ankle:
    pain in one ankle, swollen ankle, ankle pain from an injury, constant ankle pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  3. 3.Foot Sprain

    The bones of the ankle and foot are held together by ligaments, which are bands of tough tissue. A sprain is a type of injury where one or more of the ligaments is stretched too far, causing tiny fibers in the ligaments to tear. In most cases, the ligament does not tear completely.

    An uncomplicated foot sprain should improve in 3-6 weeks.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one foot, foot injury, limping, warm red foot swelling, swelling of one foot
    Symptoms that always occur with foot sprain:
    pain in one foot, foot injury
    Symptoms that never occur with foot sprain:
    recent cutting accident
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  4. 4.Calcaneus Fracture

    The calcaneus (heel bone) can be fractured during high-energy collision, such as a fall from height or a motor vehicle crash. Heel bone fractures are often severe, and may result in long-term problems.

    6-8 weeks for the bone to completely heal (for an uncomplicated fracture).

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    swollen ankle, swelling of both feet, severe foot pain, pain in both feet, swelling of one foot
    Symptoms that always occur with calcaneus fracture:
    inability to bear weight immediately after injury, foot pain from an injury, severe foot pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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  5. 5.Femoral Shaft Fracture

    A femoral shaft fracture is a break anywhere along the long, straight part of the femur (thighbone) known as the shaft. Since the femur is the longest, strongest bone in the body, it is fairly difficult to break it (car crashes account for the most femur fractures).

    4 to 6 months after surgery

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    constant upper leg pain, abnormally high heartrate, swollen thigh, thigh pain, severe thigh pain
    Symptoms that always occur with femoral shaft fracture:
    inability to bear weight immediately after injury, thigh pain, severe thigh pain, pain when touching the thigh, swollen thigh, constant upper leg pain
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  6. 6.Posterior Cruciate Ligament (Pcl) Injury

    The PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) is located in the back of the knee and connects the big thigh bone (femur) to the big shin bone (tibia). It keeps the tibia from moving backwards. An injury to the PCL requires a huge force, making it much rarer than an ACL tear.

    6-12 months

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    constant knee pain, severe knee pain, pain in one knee, knee pain from an injury, swollen knee
    Symptoms that always occur with posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) injury:
    inability to bear weight immediately after injury, pain in one knee, knee pain from an injury, severe knee pain, constant knee pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  7. 7.Fracture of the Talus

    A talus fracture is a break in one of the bones in the ankle called the "talus." This type of injury oftens occurs during a high-energy event, such as a car accident or fall.

    Recovery may take up to 3 months.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one foot, swollen ankle, severe foot pain, pain in one ankle, ankle pain from an injury
    Symptoms that always occur with fracture of the talus:
    pain in one ankle, ankle pain from an injury
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  8. 8.Severe Ankle Injury Needing Imaging

    An ankle fracture is a break in 1 or more ankle bones. Having neurovascular compromise means that the fracture was so severe that blood flow to the toes and nerves of the foot was interrupted.

    Depending on the severity of the fracture, recovery may take up to a year.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    tingling foot, toe numbness, constant ankle pain, cold toe, pain in one ankle
    Symptoms that always occur with severe ankle injury needing imaging:
    bruised ankle, toe numbness, pain in one ankle, pain when pressing on the ankle bone, swollen ankle, ankle pain from an injury, constant ankle pain
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Inability to Bear Weight Immediately After Injury

  • Q.Did you just suffer from a high impact injury (e.g., a fall, collision, accident or sports trauma)?
  • Q.How did your injury happen?
  • Q.Did you just suffer from a cut or wound?
  • Q.Have you been experiencing dizziness?

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Inability to Bear Weight Immediately After Injury Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced inability to bear weight immediately after injury have also experienced:

    • 9% Inability to Bear Weight Some Time After Injury
    • 4% Knee Pain
    • 4% Lower Back Pain
  • People who have experienced inability to bear weight immediately after injury had symptoms persist for:

    • 38% Over a Month
    • 24% Less Than a Week
    • 21% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced inability to bear weight immediately after injury were most often matched with:

    • 12% Foot Sprain
    • 4% Hip Fracture
    • 1% Broken Ankle
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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