Therefore, in view of the widespread clinical relevance the purpose of this study was to investigate the osteometry and morphology of the human fibula within a South African population group.
Osteometry. Despite the conventional use of the Body-Mass Index to determine the nutritional status of an individual, it is considered to be rather impractical in the aged (Auyeung et al.).
The statistically significant p values recorded for the comparison of sex with a number of osteometric parameters may suggest that male individuals generally present with larger fibular osteometry values (Table II).
Although the distances between the medial and postero-lateral margins, postero-lateral and postero-medial margins, base of talar facet and the angle between the postero-medial and antero-medial sides of the talar facet were markedly greater in Black individuals, larger fibular osteometry values appeared to be a characteristic in Caucasian individuals (Table II).
This may account for the ability of the fibula to withstand degenerative age-related changes that are generally a common phenomenon of long bone osteometry.