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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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In brief: 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

In brief: 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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