What is a Distal Fibula Fracture?
A Distal Fibula Fracture is another name for a broken leg- a serious sports injury or accident, and is the fracturing of one of the bones within your legs such as the fibula and tibia(below the knee), and the femur (above the knee). The fracturing occurs when the bone experiences more pressure than it can handle, and can be splintered, split, or completely broken in several pieces. IF YOU BELIEVE THAT SOMEONE HAS A BROKEN LEG, YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CALL 911 AND AVOID MOVING THEM IF POSSIBLE.
- If you suddenly experience extreme pain in your leg (any extreme and sudden onset of pain is something you should get checked out immediately).
- Blue bruising can sometimes appear
- If the leg is contorted in an unnatural way, or the bone is sticking out of the skin.
How can my doctor tell if my leg is broken?
Your doctor will take some of the following steps to see if you have a broken leg:
There are a few methods that your doctor will use to determine the severity of your injury. These include:
- They will likely complete a history, and ask you if the pain started before any kind of physical exertion, and whether or not the limb has been broken before.
- They will examine your leg and check for obvious signs of breakage.
- Finally, if they do suggest a break they will order an x-ray to determine the magnitude of the break. This information will help them formulate a plan for recovery.
How is a Distal Fibula Fracture treated?
Once you suspect your’s or someone else’s leg is broken, the best thing you can do to help is to not move the limb until it can be checked out by emergency personnel. This should be ignored if the person afflicted is in immediate danger.
After a doctor examines the limb and determines it is broken, then they will concoct a treatment plan best suited for the type of break.
Surgery is often considered to treat a fractured leg. The surgeon chooses the treatment method based on the severity of the fracture.
While some breaks can be mended without surgery, it’s quite possible that you will need to undergo surgery to realign the bones and or apply support structures.
Only your doctor can tell you exactly how long the recovery process will take, as it depends on multiple factors such as the severity of the break and whether or not surgery was required.
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