fracture (fibula)

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Traumatic disorders of the fibula include:

  • transverse fracture:
    • caused by a blow to the lateral side of the lower leg

  • spiral fracture:
    • caused by a twisting strain
    • the fibula alone may be fractured, or there may be an associated fracture of the tibia at the ankle (Maisonneuve fracture)

  • a fatigue fracture of the distal fibula is seen in long- distance runners

Last reviewed 01/2018

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