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Insoles and Beyond | Arch Support Insoles | Foot Arch Support | Arch Support Inserts | Arch Support Insert | Insoles and Beyond

Insoles and Beyond | Arch Support Insoles | Foot Arch Support | Arch Support Inserts | Arch Support Insert | Insoles and Beyond

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Ankle Fractures (Broken Ankle)-OrthoInfo - AAOS

Ankle Fractures (Broken Ankle)-OrthoInfo - AAOS
Copyright 2013 American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsAnkle Fractures (Broken Ankle)
A broken ankle is also known as an ankle "fracture."This means that one or more of the bones that make up the ankle joint are broken.

A fractured ankle can range from a simple break in one bone, which may not stop you from walking, to several fractures, which forces your ankle out of place and may require that you not put weight on it for a few months.

Simply put, the more bones that are broken, the more unstable the ankle becomes. There may be ligaments damaged as well. The ligaments of the ankle hold the ankle bones and joint in position.

Broken ankles affect people of all ages. During the past 30 to 40 years, doctors have noted an increase in the number and severity of broken ankles, due in part to an active, older population of "baby boomers."
Three bones make up the ankle joint:
Tibia - shinboneFibula - smaller bone of the lower legTalus - a small bone that sits between the heel bone (calcaneus) and the tibia and fibula

Anatomy of the ankle
Reproduced and adapted with permission from J Bernstein, ed: Musculoskeletal Medicine. Rosemont, IL, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2003.
The tibia and fibula have specific parts that make up the ankle:
Medial malleolus - inside part of the tibiaPosterior malleolus - back part of the tibiaLateral malleolus - end of the fibula
Doctors classify ankle fractures according to the area of bone that is broken. For example, a fracture at the end of the fibula is called a lateral malleolus fracture, or if both the tibia and fibula are broken, it is called a bimalleolar fracture.

Two joints are involved in ankle fractures:
Ankle joint - where the tibia, fibula, and talus meetSyndesmosis joint - the joint between the tibia and fibula, which is held together by ligaments
Multiple ligaments help make the ankle joint stable.
Top of pageCauseTwisting or rotating your ankleRolling your ankleTripping or fallingImpact during a car accidentTop of pageSymptoms
Because a severe ankle sprain can feel the same as a broken ankle, every ankle injury should be evaluated by a physician.

Common symptoms for a broken ankle include:
Immediate and severe painSwellingBruisingTender to touchCannot put any weight on the injured footDeformity ("out of place"), particularly if the ankle joint is dislocated as wellTop of pageDoctor Examination
Medical History and Physical Examination
After discussing your medical history, symptoms, and how the injury occurred, your doctor will do a careful examination of your ankle, foot, and lower leg.

Imaging Tests
If your doctor suspects an ankle fracture, he or she will order additional tests to provide more information about your injury.

X-rays. X-rays are the most common and widely available diagnostic imaging technique. X-rays can show if the bone is broken and whether there is displacement (the gap between broken bones). They can also show how many pieces of broken bone there are.X-rays may be taken of the leg, ankle, and foot to make sure nothing else is injured.

Stress test. Depending on the type of ankle fracture, the doctor may put pressure on the ankle and take a special x-ray, called a stress test.This x-ray is done to see if certain ankle fractures require surgery.

Computed tomography (CT) scan. This type of scan can create a cross-section image of the ankle and is sometimes done to further evaluate the ankle injury. It is especially useful when the fracture extends into the ankle joint.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. These tests provide high resolution images of both bones and soft tissues, like ligaments. For some ankle fractures, an MRI scan may be done to evaluate the ankle ligaments.
Top of pageTreatment: Lateral Malleolus Fracture
A lateral malleolus fracture is a fracture of the fibula.

There are different levels at which that the fibula can be fractured. The level of the fracture may direct the treatment.

Different levels of lateral malleolus fractures
Reproduced with permission from Michelson JD: Ankle Fractures Resulting From Rotational Injuries J Am Acad Ortho Surg 2003;11:403-412.
Nonsurgical Treatment
You may not require surgery if your ankle is stable, meaning the broken bone is not out of place or just barely out of place. A stress x-ray may be done to see if the ankle is stable. The type of treatment required may also be based on where the bone is broken.

Several different methods are used for protecting the fracture while it heals. ranging from a high-top tennis shoe to a short leg cast. Some physicians let patients put weight on their leg right away, while others have them wait for 6 weeks.

You will see your physician regularly to repeat your ankle x-rays to make sure the fragments of your fracture have not moved out of place during the healing process.

Surgical Treatment
If the fracture is out of place or your ankle is unstable, your fracture may be treated with surgery. During this type of procedure, the bone fragments are first repositioned (reduced) into their normal alignment. They are held together with special screws and metal plates attached to the outer surface of the bone. In some cases, a screw or rod inside the bone may be used to keep the bone fragments together while they heal.
Top of pageTreatment: Medial Malleolus Fracture
A medial malleolus fracture is a break in the tibia, at the inside of the lower leg. Fractures can occur at different levels of the medial malleolus.

Medial malleolar fractures often occur with a fracture of the fibula (lateral malleolus), a fracture of the back of the tibia (posterior malleolus), or with an injury to the ankle ligaments.

Nonsurgical Treatment
If the fracture is not out of place or is a very low fracture with very small pieces, it can be treated without surgery.

A stress x-ray may be done to see if the fracture and ankle are stable.

The fracture may be treated with a short leg cast or a removable brace. Usually, you need to avoid putting weight on your leg for approximately 6 weeks.

You will need to see your physician regularly for repeat x-rays to make sure the fracture does not change in position.

Surgical Treatment

(Left) X-ray of a medial malleolus fracture. (Right) Surgical repair of a medial malleolus fracture with a plate and screws.If the fracture is out of place or the ankle is unstable, surgery may be recommended.
In some cases, surgery may be considered even if the fracture is not out of place. This is done to reduce the risk of the fracture not healing (called a nonunion), and to allow you to start moving the ankle earlier.

A medial malleolus fracture can include impaction or indenting of the ankle joint. Impaction occurs when a force is so great it drives the end of one bone into another one. Repairing an impacted fracture may require bone grafting. This graft acts as a scaffolding for new bone to grow on, and may lower any later risk of developing arthritis.

Depending on the fracture, the bone fragments may be fixed using screws, a plate and screws, or different wiring techniques.
Top of pageTreatment: Posterior Malleolus Fracture
A posterior malleolus fracture is a fracture of the back of the tibia at the level of the ankle joint.

In most cases of posterior malleolus fracture, the lateral malleolus (fibula) is also broken. This is because it shares ligament attachments with the posterior malleolus. There can also be a fracture of the medial malleolus.

Depending on how large the broken piece is, the back of the ankle may be unstable.Some studies have shown that if the piece is bigger than 25% of the ankle joint, the ankle becomes unstable and should be treated with surgery.

It is important for a posterior malleolus fracture to be diagnosed and treated properly because of the risk for developing arthritis. The back of the tibia where the bone breaks is covered with cartilage. Cartilage is the smooth surface that lines a joint. If the broken piece of bone is larger than about 25% of your ankle, and is out of place more than a couple of millimeters, the cartilage surface will not heal properly and the surface of the joint will not be smooth. This uneven surface typically leads to increased and uneven pressure on the joint surface, which leads to cartilage damage and the development of arthritis.

Nonsurgical Treatment
If the fracture is not out place and the ankle is stable, it can be treated without surgery.

Treatment may be with a short leg cast or a removable brace. Patients are typically advised not to put any weight on the ankle for 6 weeks.

Surgical Treatment
If the fracture is out of place or if the ankle is unstable, surgery may be offered.

Different surgical options are available for treating posterior malleolar fractures. One option is to have screws placed from the front of the ankle to the back, or vice versa.Another option is to have a plate and screws placed along the back of the shin bone.
Top of pageTreatment: Bimalleolar Fractures or Bimalleolar Equivalent Fractures
"Bi" means two. "Bimalleolar" means that two of the three parts or malleoli of the ankle are broken. (Malleoli is plural for malleolus.)

In most cases of bimalleolar fracture, the lateral malleolus and the medial malleolus are broken and the ankle is not stable.

A "bimalleolar equivalent" fracture means that in addition to one of the malleoli being fractured, the ligaments on the inside (medial) side of the ankle are injured. Usually, this means that the fibula is broken along with injury to the medial ligaments, making the ankle unstable.

A stress test x-ray may be done to see whether the medial ligaments are injured.

Bimalleolar fractures or bimalleolar equivalent fractures are unstable fractures and can be associated with a dislocation.

(Left) X-ray of bimalleolar ankle fracture. (Right)Surgical repair bimalleolar ankle fracture
Nonsurgical Treatment
These injuries are considered unstable and surgery is usually recommended.

Nonsurgical treatment might be considered if you have significant health problems, where the risk of surgery may be too great, or if you usually do not walk.

Immediate treatment typically includes a splint to immobilize the ankle until the swelling goes down. A short leg cast is then applied. Casts may be changed frequently as the swelling subsides in the ankle.

You will need to see your physician regularly to repeat your x-rays to make sure your ankle remains stable.

In most cases, Weightbearing is not be allowed for 6 weeks. After 6 weeks, the ankle may be protected by a removable brace as it continues to heal.

Surgical Treatment
Surgical treatment is often recommended because these fractures make the ankle unstable.

Lateral and medial malleolus fractures are treated with the same surgical techniques as written above for each fracture listed.
Top of pageTreatment: Trimalleolar Fractures
"Tri" means three.Trimalleolar fractures means that all three malleoli of the ankle are broken.These are unstable injuries and they can be associated with a dislocation.

(Left) X-ray of trimalleolar ankle fracture. (Right) Surgical repair.
Nonsurgical Treatment
These injuries are considered unstable and surgery is usually recommended.

As with bimalleolar ankle fractures, nonsurgical treatment might be considered if you have significant health problems, where the risk of surgery may be too great, or if you usually do not walk.

Nonsurgical treatment is similar to bimalleolar fractures, as described above.

Surgical Treatment
Each fracture can be treated with the same surgical techniques as written above for each individual fracture.
Top of pageTreatment: Syndesmotic Injury
The syndesmosis joint is located between the tibia and fibula, and is held together by ligaments. A syndesmotic injury may be just to the ligament -- this is also known as high ankle sprain. Depending on how unstable the ankle is, these injuries can be treated without surgery.However, these sprains take longer to heal than the normal ankle sprain.

In many cases, a syndesmotic injury includes both a ligament sprain and one or more fractures. These are unstable injuries and they do very poorly without surgical treatment.

Your physician may do a stress test x-ray to see whether the syndesmosis is injured.

(Left) X-ray of syndesmotic injury with lateral malleolus fracture. Note the space between the tibia and fibula. (Right) Surgical repair.Top of pageOutcome
Because there is such a wide range of injuries, there is also a wide range of how people healafter their injury.

It takes at least 6 weeks for the broken bones to heal. It may take longer for the involved ligaments and tendons to heal.

As mentioned above, your doctor will most likely monitor the bone healing with repeated x-rays. This is typically done more often during the first 6 weeks if surgery is not chosen.

Although most people return to normal daily activities, except for sports, within 3 to 4 months, studies have shown that people can still be recovering up to 2 years after their ankle fractures. It may take several months for you to stop limping while you walk, and before you can return to sports at your previous competitive level.Most people return to driving within 9 to 12 weeks from the time they were injured.

Rehabilitation is very important regardless of how an ankle fracture is treated.

When your physician allows you to start moving your ankle, physical therapy and home exercise programs are very important.Doing your exercises regularly is key.

Eventually, you will also start doing strengthening exercises. It may take several months for the muscles around your ankle to get strong enough for you to walk without a limp and to return to your regular activities.

Again, exercises only make a difference if you actually do them.

Your specific fracture determines when you can start putting weight on your ankle. Your physician will allow you to start putting weight on your ankle when he or she feels your injury is stable enough to do so.

It is very important to not put weight on your ankle until your physician says you can.If you put weight on the injured ankle too early, the fracture fragments may move or your surgery may fail and you may have to start over.

It is very common to have several different kinds of things to wear on the injured ankle, depending on the injury.

Initially, most ankle fractures are placed in a splint to protect your ankle and allow for the swelling to go down.After that, you may be put into a cast or removable brace.

Even after the fracture has healed, your physician may recommend wearing an ankle brace for several months while you are doing sporting activities.
Top of pageComplications
People who smoke, have diabetes, or are elderly are at a higher risk for complications after surgery, including problems with wound healing. This is because it may take longer for their bones to heal.

Nonsurgical Treatment
Without surgery, there is a risk that the fracture will move out of place before it heals.This is why it is important to follow up with your physician as scheduled.

If the fracture fragments do move out of place and the bones heal in that position, it is called a "malunion." Treatment for this is determined by how far out of place the bones are and how the stability of the ankle joint is affected.

If a malunion does occur or if your ankle becomes unstable after it heals, this can eventually lead to arthritis in your ankle.

Surgical Treatment
General surgical risks include:
InfectionBleedingPainBlood clots in your legDamage to blood vessels, tendons, or nerves
Risks from the surgical treatment of ankle fractures include
Difficulty with bone healingArthritisPain from the plates and screws that are used to fix fracture. Some patients choose to have them removed several months after their fracture healsTop of pageWhat to Discuss With Your Orthopaedic Surgeon:When will I be able to start putting weight on my leg?How long will I be off of work?Do I have any specific risks for not doing well?If I have to have surgery, what are the risks?Do I have weak bone?Top of pageLast reviewed: March 2013

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Foot Pain: Arch, Ball, Heel, and Toe Pain Causes and Treatments

Foot Pain: Arch, Ball, Heel, and Toe Pain Causes and Treatments
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Foot pain is a common complaint, and it can have many causes. Read on to learn more about different types of foot pain, diagnosis, and treatments.

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Causes of Foot Pain
Pain in the foot can be due to a problem in any part of the foot. Bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles, fascia, toenail beds, nerves, blood vessels, or skin can be the source of foot pain.

The cause of foot pain can be narrowed down by location and by considering some of the most common causes of foot pain.

Heel Pain
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia, a band of tough tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes, becomes irritated or inflamed. Heel pain, worst in the morning when getting out of bed, is the most common symptom. Arch pain may also be present.

Treatment for plantar fasciitis includes:
RestCalf and foot muscle stretchesOver-the-counter pain relieversShoes with good arch support and a cushioned sole
Various other treatments for plantar fasciitis are available.

Heel spurs are abnormal growths of bone on the bottom of the heel bone that may be caused by an abnormal gait, posture or walking, inappropriate shoes, or certain activities. Spurs may cause foot pain while walking or standing. Although one in 10 people has heel spurs, only one in 20 of these people will have foot pain. Heel spurs can occur in people with plantar fasciitis, but they do not cause plantar fasciitis. People with flat feet or high arches are more likely to have foot pain from heel spurs.

Treatment for heel spurs include:
Cutout heel padCustom-made insert (orthotic) worn in the shoeOver-the-counter pain relieversRestSurgery (rarely)Physical therapy
A stone bruise is a bruise of the fat pad of the heel. It can occur after stepping on a rock or other hard object.

A fracture of the heel bone (calcaneus) is the most commonly fractured foot bone. It is most often caused by high impact to the heel -- for example, when person has fallen from a height or been in a car accident. Injuries can range from a bone crack from a new vigorous exercise plan to a shattered bone from a high fall. Heel pain, bruising, swelling, limping, or difficulty walking are the main symptoms.

Calcaneus fracture treatment includes:
Rest from weight bearing, often with crutchesThorough padding of the heelSplinting or casting to protect the heel bonePain relieversSurgeryPhysical therapy

Ball of Foot Pain
Metatarsalgia is pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot. Strenuous activity or ill-fitting shoes are the usual causes. Treatment for metatarsalgia includes:
Pain relieversChange to more comfortable footwearInserts for the shoes to relieve pressure on the ball of the foot

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Dr. Pribut On Plantar Fasciitis And Heel Pain In Runners

Plantar fasciitis is a foot disorder usually felt as heel pain. There are more than 2 million new patients of this condition reported each year in the USA only. That pain is felt especially when taking the first steps in the morning or after spending some time sitting. The reason for this pain is an damage to the fascia connective tissue at the bottom of the foot. This tissue is called the plantar fascia and it connects the heel bone to the toes. Usually this damage is caused by overload of the foot.

The mechanical structure of your feet and the manner in which the different segments of your feet are linked together and joined with your legs has a major impact on their function and on the development of mechanically caused problems. Merely having "flat feet" won't take the spring out of your step, but having badly functioning feet with poor bone alignment will adversely affect the muscles, ligaments, and tendons and can create a variety of aches and pains. Excess pronation can cause the arch of your foot to stretch excessively with each step. This "hypermobility" may cause other bones to shift and cause other mechanically induced problems.

Arch plantar fasciitis taping does not stretch out the plantar ligament, but supports it as it runs underneath the foot arch. This treatment for plantar fasciitis can be a little tricky to do for yourself because you tape from the outside of the foot towards the inside flexing the big toe joint to create a high arch as you do so. Full foot plantar fasciitis taping is done by separately covering the ball of the foot and the heel with tape and then connecting the heel to the toes using a criss-cross taping pattern until the whole sole of the foot is covered.

Plantar fasciitis usually causes a sharp, stabbing pain on the inside of the bottom of the heel that can feel like an ice pick jabbing into your heel. Pain from plantar fasciitis is usually most severe when you first stand on your feet in the morning. Many people complain that the first step out of bed is the worst. Many also have pain as they get up and start to walk after sitting for a period of time while working at a desk or computer. This heel pain will usually subside as you walk, but can return with prolonged standing, walking or running.

Here are some plantar fasciitis exercises that are quite helpful. Stretch your calf before getting out of bed, but do it gently. Pull your toes up with your hand till you feel a stretch along the ball of your foot to your heel for couple of times for about thirty seconds. Do exercises that stretch your lower leg muscles. Get someone to massage the tissues at the bottom of your foot. Another alternative is to roll a tennis ball gently under the hurting foot. A frozen water bottle is a good replacement for tennis ball to control inflammation.plantar fasciitis shoes

Foot Orthotics , is the only non-surgical therapy to have been supported by studies rated by the Center for Evidence-Based Medicine as being of high quality. Landorf et al. performed a single-blind experiment in which patients were randomly assigned to receive off-the-shelf orthotics, personally customized orthotics, or sham orthotics made of soft, thin foam. Patients receiving real orthotics showed statistically significant short-term improvements in functionality compared to those receiving the sham treatment. There was no statistically significant reduction in pain, and there was no long-term effect when the patients were re-evaluated after 12 months.

In the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery, Rodney Tomczak lists several complications of the surgery due to damage of nearby structures. Nerves that supply sensation to the bottom of the foot can be cut, producing numbness. The cut nerve ends may form painful neuromas as they try to heal. Incisions, especially on the bottom of the foot, can heal with excess scar tissue or keloids. This produces pain with walking and shoe wearing. After bone spurs are removed, the calcaneus, or heelbone, may become weak and fracture. You Might Also Like Lateral Column Pain

In general, plantar fasciitis is a self-limiting condition. Unfortunately, the time until resolution is often six to 18 months, which can lead to frustration for patients and physicians. Rest was cited by 25 percent of patients with plantar fasciitis in one study as the treatment that worked best. 3 Athletes, active adults and persons whose occupations require lots of walking may not be compliant if instructed to stop all activity. Many sports medicine physicians have found that outlining a plan of “relative rest” that substitutes alternative forms of activity for activities that aggravate the symptoms will increase the chance of compliance with the treatment plan. 4

Shoe modifications are also important. Wearing the proper shoe and in some cases in combination with a custom orthotics helps to cushion and support the foot and keep the plantar fascia supported to stop excessive strain on the foot. Custom orthotic devices are custom molded to your foot and prevent any biomechanical defects with your foot to help aid in recovery and prevent future recurrences. Night splints are also used at night to keep the plantar fascia stretched to reduce morning pain associated with this condition. Injection therapy can be combined with the above modalities.

If you happen to strain or even injure your Plantar Fascia, you will know due to the fact Plantar Fasciitis is an extremely painful affliction of the feet. The Plantar Fascia is the muscle that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot. When this muscle is over-stressed or possibly been injured, when you first try to get out of bed each morning you will experience a new volume of pain. When you were lying down, the torn muscles have already contracted and when you attempt to walk after waking up, they get stretched suddenly.plantar fasciitis stretches

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