It is important to note that the tibiofibular joint is the material that is responsible for holding the leg bones in between the knee and ankle together. Any type of pain that is initiated by injury or damage to this joint can cause a lot of pain. There is also the possibility that any damage to the tibiofibular joint can lead to the manifestation of pain in other body parts. With this in mind, it is important that you are familiar with this joint so that appropriate first aid measures and treatment can be given when needed.
What is the tibiofibular joint?
The tibiofibular joint is basically the joint that connects the exterior shin bone of the leg or fibula to the larger shin bone or tibia. Take note that there are essentially two tibiofibular joints in each leg. The first one is situated right beneath the knee where the tibia connects with the fibula while the second is overhead the ankle.
Just remember that they are not joints in a way that they allow a lot of movement. They are responsible for holding the shin bones together while at the same time allowing a minimal degree of flexibility once the lower leg is being twisted.
Cases of dislocation
The tibiofibular joint can end up dislocated due to trauma during a sporting event or vehicular accidents. Once the knee is completely bent and the foot is pointed straight down, this can put a huge amount of strain on the tibiofibular joint. An impact to the leg in that position will force the fibula forward and eventually dislocate one or both of the tibiofibular joints, thus resulting to intense pain.
If the tibiofibular joints are unstable, it might be due to weakened tendons since they can lead to substantial degree of pain. The pain typically radiates starting at the tibiofibular joint right beneath the knee up to the ankle joint. The individual can hear a characteristic clicking sound that occurs during this condition while moving the knee or ankle can cause pain. Always remember that this condition is oftentimes misdiagnosed as a torn meniscus of the knee which is the cartilage situated on the back of the actual knee joint.
High ankle sprain
Tibiofibular joint pain can also be triggered by a high ankle sprain. This injury transpires once the ankle is hyperextended and causes pain where the lower tibiofibular joint supports the tibia and fibula jointly. Even though the sprain is not as intense as a dislocation, the pain can still be severe.
Referred back pain
The tibiofibular joint pain experienced by some individuals can also lead to referred pain in the lower back. Due to the closeness to the sciatic nerve, a weak or dysfunctional tibiofibular joint might put pressure on the sciatic nerve once the leg is bent at a particular angle. Take note that the pressure can radiate up to the sciatic nerve and triggers pain in the leg and lower back.