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ORIF or not? X-ray: oblique fracture in distal fibula to outer corner of mortise joint w less than 3 mm displacement no effusion mortise seems intact

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Dr. Edward Hellman
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In brief: Depends

If it is really an isolated fibula fracture, they usually do not need surgery.
Sometimes, however, the fibula fracture will be associated wth a complete tear of the deltoid ligament on the inside of the ankle. In that case, the talus will sometimes start to drift laterally and surgery is required to prevent post traumatic arthritis and instability in the ankle. Follow up with orthopedic surgeon

In brief: Depends

If it is really an isolated fibula fracture, they usually do not need surgery.
Sometimes, however, the fibula fracture will be associated wth a complete tear of the deltoid ligament on the inside of the ankle. In that case, the talus will sometimes start to drift laterally and surgery is required to prevent post traumatic arthritis and instability in the ankle. Follow up with orthopedic surgeon
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Dr. David Trettin
Agree . Also some 'isolated' distal fibula fractures are more displaced( out of place) than others and cause the fibula to shorten.This also can lead to the 'mortise' joint of the ankle to become asymmetric and requires surgery.
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