CHAPTER 10. : The Leg And Dorsum Of The Foot

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Bones of the leg

Bones of the leg include the

  1. the tibia
  2. the fibula



Note :

1.The tibia is subcutaneous and has one large nutrient artery in the proximal 1/3 therefore its blood supply is precarious.

2. The narrowest part of the tibia is between middle and distal thirds. This is the commonest site of fracture.|

3. Fractures of the distal tibia unite poorly and often fail to unify because of poor blood supply.

4. Fibular commonly fractures in the distal third. It is not a weight bearing bone and so parts of it can be used in bone graft