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Florence, MS
A female asked:

Non-displaced fractured fibula just above ankle;orthopaedic doctor is more concer;ned with small space/gap between talus and tibia; surgery or not?

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Dr. Randy Bernstein
Podiatry 38 years experience
Fibular fractures: For many fibular fractures, the mechanism of injury and the amount of space between the talus and tibial dictates the need for surgery or not. An inversion fracture-where the foot rolled in- causes the ligament between the tibia and fibula and the ligament between the talus and the fibula to tear. This causes instability that can result in arthritis and injury in the future. Surgery heals better
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Last updated Nov 18, 2019


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