Fractured fibula

Although the fibula is the smaller of the two shin bones it is still a potentially serious injury. However there is usually a shorter recovery period associated with a fractured fibula namely 9-12 weeks whereas a fractured tibia can take up to 6-12 months.

Should a fractured fibula be treated surgically?

The closer a fibula fracture is to the ankle joint, the more likely it is to require surgery. This is because a fibula fracture has the potential to disrupt the stability of the ankle joint. If the syndesmosis (structure between the tibia and fibula) is disrupted during a fibula fracture, then surgery is usually required to stabilise this area.

On 23 February 2008, Eduardo da Silva of Arsenal suffered a broken left fibula and open dislocation of his ankle from a tackle by Martin Taylor of Birmingham City. He returned to professional play the following year. Scroll down to see an images of this injury.

A walker boot may be required to help provide pain relief in fibular fractures.
Fracture Fibula Xray
Xray demonstrating a fracture of the fibula.
(Image sourced from Wheeless' Textbook of Orthopaedics)
Fibula Fracture Eduardo da Silva
In 2008, Eduardo de Silva of Arsenal fractured his fibula and dislocated his ankle in a challenge by Martin Taylor. This event was considered one of worst in recent Premier League history.