Friday, December 21, 2007

So, Just What is This "Fibula"?

Some information about fibula fractures is probably warranted right about now. Here's the bottom line from MDAdvice.com: "It is impossible to predict exactly how long it will take for any fracture to heal. Variable factors include age, sex and previous state of health and conditioning. The average healing time for this fracture is 4 to 6 weeks. Healing is considered complete when there is no motion at the fracture site and when X-rays show complete bone union."

We have also read that the lower down the leg the break the worse.

The fibula is not the primary weight-bearing bone in the leg, but instead has a "primary function in the knee of . . . the attachement of ligaments and tendons" including the lateral collateral ligament.

In an example of how misery does indeed love company, Lorenzo Neal, the San Diego Chargers' fullback selected to the Pro Bowl, broke his fibula on Sunday and is officially out indefinitely.

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