Fibular hypoplasia with absent lateral rays of the foot

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1991 Nov;73(6):1002-4. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.73B6.1955422.


We describe 11 children with fibular hypoplasia and three- or four-ray feet, two bilaterally. This deformity is a less severe form of the better known congenital short tibia with absent or dysplastic fibula. If the leg-length discrepancy is minor, no treatment or a simple orthosis are used. Epiphysiodesis or leg lengthening by callotasis is appropriate for mild to moderate discrepancy. If the foot is non-functional, or the projected leg-length discrepancy is too great, early amputation and a prosthesis are advised.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Fibula / abnormalities*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Foot Deformities, Congenital / complications*
  • Foot Deformities, Congenital / therapy
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Leg Length Inequality / etiology*
  • Leg Length Inequality / therapy
  • Male