Have you ever looked down at your ankles and feet and barely recognized them as your own because of swelling? It happens, whether it’s from long days on your feet, hours of travel, surgery or pregnancy.
You’re strolling along when suddenly a pain shoots through your ankle for no obvious reason. Or perhaps you wake up one morning and your ankle is aching. Without an obvious injury, you might be wondering where the pain came from.
Osteomyelitis of the foot and ankle presents unique treatment challenges. The peripheral anatomy, limited soft tissue envelope and highly articular, weight bearing surfaces all contribute to complications in treatment. For decades, surgeons have used polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), a non-reactive acrylic polymer, extensively for orthopedic structural repair and anchoring implants.
Published results showed weight-bearing as tolerated in a hard-soled shoe was noninferior to use of a short leg cast for treatment of fifth metatarsal base avulsion fractures.
Given that your feet absorb more force than any other part of your body (especially when running), when something goes awry down there, the pain can be especially intense. If, lately, you've find yourself wincing with every stride, a common condition called Morton's neuroma could be the culprit.
According to the results of a recent study published in Foot & Ankle International (FAI), professional athletes who experienced Achilles tendon (AT) rupture were unable to return to sport participation 24% of the time. For those who did return, it took roughly 11 months after the injury and efficiency ratings and statistics declined. This review offers data to help set goals and expectations for athletes returning to play after AT rupture.
Results presented at the Virtual EFORT Congress showed patients with ankle fracture dislocations who presented at an ED later in the day had increased delay to ankle reduction and worse functional outcomes at 1 year.
Using a cast is not more effective than a brace for treating broken ankles, according to University of Warwick researchers—a conclusion that could hasten the decline of the tradition of signing a cast.
Researchers saw no differences in union rate, infection, implant failure or return to the OR between patients operatively treated for trimalleolar ankle fractures who were assigned to early weight-bearing vs. late weight-bearing.
Regardless of medical history, surgical versus non-surgical management of ankle fractures depends on fracture pattern, stability and displacement. However, it is thought that these factors carry a different weight in patients with complicated diabetes.