Distal fibula fracture

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Background Information

  • A common traumatic injury classically caused twisting or a direct blow.
  • Patients may complain of pain at any point around the ankle or lower leg with pain on / inability to weight bear.
  • Examination may reveal deformity, swelling, and tenderness over the fracture site.

Investigation Guidelines

Management Recommendations

  • All patients with suspected acute ankle fractures should be referred immediately to A&E for imaging and further management.
  • Delayed presentations should be referred to a local fracture clinic. Whilst awaiting a review the following conservative measures are recommended;
  • NSAIDs
  • Crutches to off load the injured leg.

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