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Bone fracture



The bones in the lower leg comprise the shin bone (tibia) and the calf bone (fibula).

  1. Tibia

  2. Fibula


Cause: Violent loads can cause a fracture on the shin-bone as well as the calf bone. Fracture of the fibula is often seen after a kick on the outer side of the shin bone.

Symptoms: Pain upon applying pressure (direct and indirect tenderness) and when under load (walking and running).

Acute treatment: Click here.

Examination: X-rays.

Treatment: The treatment comprises relief and bandaging. In some cases surgery is necessary depending on the type of fracture and any displacement of the fracture-surfaces.

Rehabilitation: The rehabilitation is completely dependant on the type of fracture and the treatment (relief, bandaging or surgical). Approximately six months' rehabilitation must be expected before shin bone fractures allow resumption of maximum load, and approximately 3 months' rehabilitation before calf bone fractures allow maximum load.
Also read rehabilitation, general.

Plastbandage: Individual plastic bandages can be manufactured for use during sports activity after bone fractures. Individual plastic bandages are particularly well-suited after a fracture of the fibula.

Complications: If progress is not smooth you should be medically re-examined to ensure that the fracture is healing according to plan. In some cases a false joint can be formed (pseudoarthrosis), requiring surgical treatment.
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