Tibia and Fibula Shaft Fractures
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Auto Accident Lawyer. Fractures of the tibia and fibula involve the two long bones of the lower leg. These represent the most common long bone fractures. There are about 26 tibia/fibular fractures per 100,000 people. Most of these injuries occur in males aged 15-19 years. There can also be fractures in 90-99 year old females at a rate of 49 out of 100,000 people in this age group. The average age of a tibial fracture is 37 years of age. There is a relatively high rate of nonunion in these types of fractures.
The tibia is the bone that carries the bulk of a person’s weight. The fibula carries only about 6-17 percent of the total weight bearing capacity of the lower leg. The fibula’s function is more for muscle insertion than it is for weight bearing. The common peroneal nerve runs alongside the neck of the fibula and so it is commonly injured when the fibula is injured. Continue reading ›