Ever wondered how long it takes a broken bone take to heal?

Ever wondered how long it takes a broken bone take to heal?

Breaking a bone isn’t fun. Not only does it hurt, but it can stop you from doing things you enjoy. If you have broken a bone, you’re probably keen to know how soon it will mend. You may also be interested in ways to make your recovery more comfortable. In this post, we discuss how long it takes broken bones to heal and suggest some orthopaedic accessories that can make life a little easier.

Common types of bone breaks

Most breaks fall into one of the following categories:

  • Stable: the ends of the bone are in line and barely out of place
  • Traverse: the fracture runs across the bone horizontally
  • Oblique: the break runs at an angle
  • Comminuted: the bone shatters into three or more pieces
  • Compound: the broken bone pierces the skin.

The most common causes of broken bones are trauma, osteoporosis and overuse/stress. Men 45 years and younger are more likely to suffer a fracture than women. However, after 45, women take the lead. The group with the highest number of fractures is those in the 75-plus age bracket.

How long does a broken bone take to heal?

Of course, healing time depends on several things, like the type of break, the bone that is broken, your health and your age. Depending on the circumstances, fractures take between four weeks and three months to mend. As a rule, the smaller the bone, the faster it should heal.

The following chart is a useful guide (source)


Healing time


4 – 8 weeks

Shoulder blade

6 – 8 weeks


4 weeks

Upper arm

4 – 10 weeks

Lower arm

5 – 8 weeks


4 – 12 weeks


3 – 6 weeks


4 – 6 weeks

Upper leg

12-plus weeks

Lower leg

2 – 24 weeks


6 weeks


2 – 12 weeks


3 – 4 weeks


Helpful orthopaedic accessories

When wearing a cast on your arm or leg, you must keep it dry. Consequently, showering is difficult and swimming? Forget about it! Actually, this needn’t be the case because you can now get orthopaedic accessories, such as waterproof cast covers, to return some normality to your life

What is a waterproof cast cover?

Well, once upon a time, it might be a plastic bag taped over a cast. Not anymore, though. Today, waterproof cast covers are available; made of rubber, they protect casts on arms and legs — as well as wounds and burns — from getting wet. You can also get covers to protect orthopaedic walking boots from the wind and rain.

Feeling itchy?

Ask anyone who has worn a cast, and one of the biggest irritations is that ‘unscratchable itch.’ Blowing cold air through your fiberglass cast with a blow dryer, or holding a vacuum cleaner against your cast can also help reduce the urge to itch.

What brilliant inventions!


Further Support and Guidance

Please note that the above guide is advisory only and should not replace any medical support or guidance.  We recommend asking any questions you may have regarding your cast and injury during consultations.  Do always take care with your cast, and never over-exert yourself.


About Heather Gatland

Chief Cast Cover Checker at Cast Covers NZ

After finding that Waterproof Cast Covers made life with a leg cast so much easier for showering and swimming, Heather wanted to help others to also have an easier recovery. So after extensively researching and extensively testing Cast Cover brands worldwide, Heather founded Cast Covers NZ in 2015. With her 5 years of “hands-on” experience working with medical professionals, hospitals, extensive business experience and Chartered Accountant qualification, Heather knows all the ins and outs of the Cast Covers market. Heather’s goal of helping kiwis, like herself has come true. Heather still loves researching and sharing her findings on the Cast Covers blog as well as enjoys supporting customers in getting back to feeling happy and active during their recovery.


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Meet a few of our customers and see how Cast Covers has impacted their recovery:

'"We have just returned from a 2 week holiday in Rarotonga. Before we left our 8-year-old daughter fell off her scooter and broke both bones in her arm. This was a huge blow for us as our holiday was all booked and we were nearly packing to leave. I went online and google searched cast covers and thankfully you guys came up! I was absolutely blown away by how amazing this product was … no more plastic bags, yay !!! Our girl was able to enjoy the holiday just like the rest of us, even diving and jumping into the pool and snorkelling out in the lagoon for hours on end. We have just had her cast removed but will be holding onto this wee gem for the future, thanks so much!!!  I can’t stress enough how awesome your product is. Even after using it every day for 6 weeks in plaster it’s still in absolutely pristine condition." 

Jenna Sayer, Queenstown

" I would just like to congratulate you not only on the great service, but also the great product i.e. Waterproof Protector. My wife received hers yesterday, she has been suffering from an ulcer on the lower part of her leg which has required heavy bandaging twice a week for some time, and today had the first carefree shower that she has been able to have for many weeks. We will both be eternally grateful for this great product. Thank you so very much."

Neville & Dian Butler

"Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know how I am going with my evenup. 

I have been using it every day since going from a cast into a moonboot and honestly do not know what I would do without it! Although I am still uneven due to my moonboot having a particularly large sole to it, the evenup at least reduces the strain on my other Achilles’ tendon and my hips and back. 

I have been interested to observe that few physiotherapists are even aware these are available and are very impressed with the concept on seeing mine." 
Louise Manders

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