You have sustained a fracture to your fibula (outside ankle bone). If the Orthopaedic Consultant considers this unstable, an operation with plate and screws may be required. Sometimes a Plaster is used. If your injury is classified as a stable Weber B type fracture, you will be treated in a boot. Please see the picture below to understand where this injury is. This normally takes approximately 6 weeks to unite (heal) although pain and swelling can be ongoing for 3 to 6 months. You may walk on the foot as comfort allows although you will find it easier to walk with crutches in the early stages. The swelling is often worse at the end of the day and elevating it will help. The boot you have been given is for your comfort only and is not needed to aid fracture healing, but should be worn at all times when walking. Take pain killers as prescribed. If you are worried that you are unable to follow this rehabilitation plan, or have any questions, then please phone the Fracture Care Team for advice.