|the cast on.|
| Tibia ? Fibula ? Both ? Single break or comminuted ? Involvement of ankle joint ?
So many factors to know better
Bones heal ~50% strength at 3 mo in young people
~ 80% at 1 year
Hardware usually left in for 3 mo , if bone union on X-ray option to remove but few people do it
| if it's a tibial shaft fracture treated with a tibial nail.
(I'm an ortho surgeon and do this surgery; I let all my patients walk right away.)
That being said, it's also painful and most people don't attempt to walk for a few weeks.
If things go well for Gates, he could be healed by 3-4 month assuming that's all it was.