An acute fibula fracture is generally due to direct trauma or strike to the ankle or leg. In some cases, a stress fracture can also occur due to overuse or from repeated impacts.
It is important to note that the fibula is a smaller of the 2 shin bones on the exterior region of the lower part of the leg. It is felt as a bony protrusion on the exterior of the ankle and runs to the exterior of the leg to the knee. It is responsible for providing an exterior for muscular attachment while the bigger tibia supports majority of the weight.
Any form of traumatic fibula fracture can occur from a serious case of an ankle sprain. An avulsion fracture occurs once a ligament tugs away a segment of the bone. If there is a fracture on the bony protrusion on the exterior of the ankle or malleolus, it is called as a Pott’s fracture.
A stress fracture of the fibular can sometimes occur, but these are uncommon than the stress fractures of the tibia since the fibula does not bear any weight. They are less likely to be caused by repeated muscular traction forces on the bone
What are the indications?
Acute fibula fracture
The indications of this form of fibula fracture include abrupt, acute pain in the lower leg that is accompanied by rapid swelling, usually after a fall, collision or impact. The individual is likely to limp or has difficulty bearing weight on the damaged leg.
There is also tenderness around the site of the damage. In serious cases, there is evident deformity where the bones have been displaced.
The signs of a fibula stress fracture typically include steady build-up of pain or discomfort on the exterior of the lower leg that is alleviated with rest and intensifies with activity.
It might be tender at the site of the fracture along with a throbbing or aching sensation at night.
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