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Doctor insights on: Distal Fibula Lateral Malleolus

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Help please? How long for a broken distal fibula to heal?

Help please? How long for a broken distal fibula to heal?

Depends on the: fracture. IF it needs surgery it will take anywhere from 8-12 weeks. If it is a simple non-dispalced fibula fracture at the distal ankle you may be back as early as 6-8 weeks. fractures in general take 8 weeks to heal. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a radiologist writes "Lucency is noted in the distal fibula doubtful significance"?

What does it mean when a radiologist writes "Lucency is noted in the distal fibula doubtful significance"?

Lucency is when : The area of the bone is darker in color. Keep in mind bone is white. So a lucency or dark color would indicate a lack of bone in that area. Sometimes, it could be due to a cyst which would be a hollow type area because of lack of bone. Sometimes there could be a shadow effect or overlap of bone and that could be a reason they don't feel there is significance. ...Read more

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Distal fibula fracture - is it recommended to have an amputation?

Distal fibula fracture - is it recommended to have an amputation?

Nope.: Distal fibula and lateral ankle fractures usually repond well to immobilization and time. Displaced fractures may require open reduction and fixation. If there is an associated loss of soft tissue coverage, nerve damage with loss of sensation or complications with the circulation or infection, then an amputation may need to be considered. ...Read more

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Distal fibula fracture - is it possible to have an amputation?

Distal fibula fracture - is it possible to have an amputation?

Not usually : The fibula is the smaller bone in the lower leg. Fractures may require casting or surgery. There would have to be other injuries to result in the need for such a drastic procedure. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have any amputation for distal fibula fracture?

Is it possible to have any amputation for distal fibula fracture?

Very unlikely: A fibula fracture would not warrant an amputation unless you have some reason that the surgical wound fails to heal and it gets a very bad infection. If you're diabetic or have very bad vascular disease, this may lead to a delayed amputation, but this is very unlikely. ...Read more

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Radiologist wrote- lucency in distal fibula doubtful signifance (left leg). What does that mean?

Radiologist wrote- lucency in distal fibula doubtful signifance (left leg). What does that mean?

A benign lesion.: Bone lesions can be 'soft' or 'hard' (lucent or sclerotic) on xrays depending on how much calcium/phosphorus content. Both types can be benign or cancerous. Radiologists evaluate a bone lesion's borders, size, location, any associated findings, number, and few other variables to determine whether it falls in the benign or malignant category. Sometimes its a normal anatomic finding as well. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a distal fibula avulsion about two weeks ago. Why does it hurt when I press down with my toes, but not when I push up?

Varies : There are several potential explanations for this. Plantar flexion will have a tendency to stretch the peroneal tendons, which are right near your zone if injury and so this may be irritating it. Dorsiflexuon will tend to relax them. This should resolve as you recover from your injury, I would let your doctor know in your follow up visit. ...Read more

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Would it be better if non displaced weber b distal fibula fractures with soft tissue and partial aftl and deltoidligament tears be treated operatively?

Would it be better if non displaced weber b distal fibula fractures with soft tissue and partial aftl and deltoidligament tears be treated operatively?

Depends on stability: Nondisplaced weber b fractures can often be treated nonsurgically. The decision to operate on these depends on the stability of the deltoid ligament. An orthopaedic surgeon can evaluate your xrays and perform a stress xray of your ankle to test for this and help you make decisions regarding surgery. Surgery does not heal the ankle faster, just with the bones in a better position when necessary. ...Read more

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How long does pain from a distal fibula fracture last?

How long does pain from a distal fibula fracture last?

Depends: Healing typically takes 6-8 weeks, but some pain may persist for longer or permanently. ...Read more

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After a traumatic injury 2 months ago, breaking the distal fibula and a high ankle sprain. Im still having pain and my ankle is facing inward...why?

After a traumatic injury 2 months ago, breaking the distal fibula and a high ankle sprain. Im still having pain and my ankle is facing inward...why?

Time to recheck: Your description is of an unstable injury pattern which means it may not be healing in an anatomical position . While it may be sply motor weakness it should be rechecked with new xrays ...Read more

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Does distal fibula fracture have good blood supply?

Does distal fibula fracture have good blood supply?

Distal fibula: Yes. Generally the distal fibula has a good blood supply and heals reliably well. Metabolic problems and lack of immobilization can lead to non-union of a distal fibula fracture. ...Read more

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I may have a tiny avulsion off the tip of my right distal fibula but my ankle and heel hurts to the touch and when i walk on it is this normal?

I may have a tiny avulsion off the tip of my right distal fibula but my ankle and heel hurts to the touch and when i walk on it is this normal?

Avulsion: An avulsion occurs when soft tissue pulls a piece of bone off of its origin or insertion. An avulsion from the distal fibula could possibly represent an avulsion from a ligament resulting in instability of the peroneal muscles coursing in that area. I would recommend evaluation by a either a podiatrist or foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more