my cousin is a meerkat of strange angles (riddled) wrote in little_details,
my cousin is a meerkat of strange angles

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Improper bone healing?

Right. So my character fractured his shin bone/tibia a couple years ago. The bone was set incorrectly, and didn't heal quite right. So he's walking with a permanent limp now. (At least, I'm fairly certain it'd be permanent?)

... but my real question is why do people with improperly-healed-bones limp? Does it actually hurt to walk? Can the leg not hold the weight anymore? Is it a balance thing? Why the limp?

I've read up on bone healing on Wiki, and I know that my boy's smoking habits would have complicated the bone growth, etc etc. But for describing his movement, I want to know why the limp is happening, why he's not putting weight on it.

Thanks! :D
Tags: ~medicine: injuries: broken bones

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