There are two reasons why the fibula shows longitudinal motions. During dorsiflexion the push of the wedge-shaped trochlea tali causes an upward fibular motion; on the other hand, during weight bearing the contraction of the leg muscles effects a downward fibular motion. The specific level of the fibula results from these two correlating forces. While the upward fibular migration is a passive compensative movement, the downward fibular migration is an active stabilizing movement.
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