Fibula Stress Fracture
BY: The News Voice
Fibula is the smaller bone in the lower leg that runs along the shin. A stress fracture of the fibula is an incomplete fracture or crack within.
These fractures happen when there is an imbalance between bone formation and removal. When this bone is loaded or stressed, during exercise it responds by increasing its turnover.
A new bone is replaced with the damaged areas. If the formation of new bone is slower, weak points occur and then develop into stress fracture when continually stressed.
Recent changes in training frequency, intensity duration and new footwear could result in stress fracture.
Pain is initially present after activity but if the load and stress increases it may eventually reach a point where it is present during walking or at night.
- Gait problems - Stiffness - Reduced range of Movement - Swelling/Inflammation
If you are having a doubt whether you have a stress fracture, arrange a physiotherapy assessment
It does not produce long-term effects if properly treated. If that does not happen, there is a risk of complete bone fracture.
Your physiotherapist will assess the MRI scan and decide an appropriate treatment plan.
The treatment plans depend on how severe the fracture in the bone is.