The fibula is the outer and thinner of the two long bones of the lower leg. It is much narrower than the other bone (the shin), to which it runs parallel and to which it is attached at both ends by ligaments. The upper end of the fibula does not reach the knee, but the lower end descends below the shin and forms part of the ankle. Its main function is to provide attachment for muscles. It doesn't give much support or strength to the leg, which explains why the bone can safely be used for...

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    [Continued from above] . . . grafting onto other bones in the body.