Also known as congenital absence of the fibula, congenital fibular deficiency, paraxial fibular hemimelia and aplasia/hypoplasia of the fibula, fibular hemimelia . Fibular hemimelia. Disease definition. Fibular hemimelia is a congenital longitudinal limb deficiency characterized by complete or partial absence of the fibula. consists of shortening or entire absence of the fibula; previously known as fibular hemimelia; the most common congenital long bone deficiency.

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Remove the two temporary medial pins crossing the ankle joint Fig. Start by inserting wires in foot parallel to sole a. Therefore, the ankle joint functions for both the ankle and subtalar joints.

Orphanet: Fibular hemimelia

This particular deformity is called a delta metatarsal and requires a specialized operation to correct. Note that a subtalar coalition is present. Furthermore, the child and later the adult with the prosthesis must have an expensive high-quality technically advanced prosthesis made every year throughout childhood and frequently every year throughout adult life. Both groups assessed their function as comparable to normal.

Leg Length X-Ray Exam: Absence or weakness of the peroneus longus may lead to overpull of the tibialis anterior and elevation of the first metatarsal with compensatory flexion of the first metatarsophalangeal joint dorsal bunion. Kids who get leg-lengthening surgery usually need a few operations over several years. At the time of evaluation, the average patient age was 9 range 5—15 years. Paley D, Robbins C.

Therefore, the different groups of FH that have been described in the various classifications do not relate to the different types of treatment that are currently available.


Normally, these two bones are connected through the subtalar joint. In these cases, cut through the cartilage bridge connecting it to the calcaneus Fig. The subtalar joint pathology ranges from a normal subtalar joint to a subtalar joint with subtalar coalition.

Fibular Deficiency (anteromedial bowing)

To hold the abductus foot correction, insert a posterior to anterior wires in the plane of the sole of the foot from the calcaneus, across to the cuboid and anteriorly to exit the foot.

Foot and ankle deformities have been the most challenging and disabling problems with FH. Check this box if you wish to receive a copy of your message.

The proximal osteotomy is parallel to the proximal sagittal plane guide wire 4. Advance these pins from the calcaneus to the talus across the ankle joint to fibulra level of the distal tibial physis. The two distal axial wires can be advanced up the tibia and if the cuts were performed correctly the foot will be plantigrade. Summary and related texts. This gives the team time to understand how your child will grow and what the difference in leg length might be. Limb length discrepancy Foot and ankle deformities Knee deformity For more information on the etiology and treatment of fibular hemimelia, please see our Fibular Hemimelia FAQ.

The tibial diaphysis has an antero-lateral bow.

Published online Fibukar 1. It is commonly seen as a complete terminal deficiency, where the lateral rays of the foot are also affected.


Despite this, the results of some clubfoot treatments leave the child with chronic pain and a stiff deformed fibuar that might be better treated by amputation and prosthetic fitting. Orthop Today 31 4: With lengthening reconstruction surgery using the SUPERankle and lengthening, the big advantage is that in addition to normal function, the patient retains a sensate foot that can feel the ground, thereby providing balance and proprioception.

The foot deformity is related to the abnormal ankle joint as well as missing parts of the foot.

The team is led by orthopedic specialists doctors and other providers who treat bone and muscle problems. In most cases this is a conjoint metatarsal fusion of first and second metatarsal associated with syndactaly of the first and second toes. Follow the posterior tibial neurovascular bundle to the medial wall of the calcaneus and decompress it from the calcaneus. Therefore, a classification based on the foot deficiency is needed.

The deformity comes from a bend in the main shaft of the tibia and forms a knuckle-like appearance of the bone often with a skin dimple over the knuckle. The distal fibular physis should now be at the level of the ankle joint Fig. This fusion of function is called a subtalar coalition. Occasionally, fibular hemimelia is associated with congenital shortening of the femur femur-fibula-ulna complex; see this term.