What Are the Most Common Ankle and Foot Injuries?

What Are the Most Common Ankle and Foot Injuries, and the Surgeries to Make Them Better Again

 

Out of all the musculoskeletal injuries, the most common injuries among people are related to the foot and ankle. Here, we will look at the 3 most common ankle and foot injuries that require surgery to get better.

What Are Acute Sprains?

Such sprains involve a disruption of the fibers, especially of the lateral ankle ligaments. This usually happens due to a twisting of the foot, where the anterior calcaneofibular and talofibular

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ligaments are affected the most. Immediate swelling that is experienced in the area is largely due to internal bleeding.

Most acute ankle sprains can be handled without any adverse results or need for surgical intervention, by following the simple yet very effective RICE method i.e. rest, ice, compression, and elevation. This therapy should be administered as soon as possible following an acute ankle sprain.

Chronic Ankle Sprain

The ankle sprain that doesn’t heal well can become instable, due to which a surgical procedure is needed. One of the techniques that is used to analyze and evaluate the instability of an ankle i.e. the drawer test; will demonstrate an excessive motion, especially in the anteroposterior direction at the ankle joint.

Surgical Procedure for This Sprain:

The most common surgical procedure that is undertaken in the case of chronic lateral ankle instability or chronic ankle sprain is known as the lateral ankle ligament reconstruction/repair procedure. Stability is brought to the damaged ligaments by tightening them, via a technique Achilles Tendon Tears2called double breasting which means that the layers are overlapped one upon the other.

Achilles Tendon Rupture

The one way to determine whether patients are suffering for acute Achilles tendon rupture is by asking them to lie in a prone position. If there is significant amount of loss in the plantar flexion tone, as compared to both the sides; then patients will need to undergo surgery, but for young patients, the same can be treated or managed with the help of a cast.

The patients that are eligible for this type of operative repair need to meet with the following criteria, i.e. they should be healthy , active, and aspiring to return to sporting events and activities.

Surgical Procedure for This Injury:

A number of surgical techniques can be used when it comes to repairing a torn Achilles tendon. The most common surgical procedures that are used to repair Achilles tendon involve the re-approximating of the torn ends, and sometimes, reinforcing them by another tendon.    

Ankle Fracture

Ankle joints are most commonly affected by bone fractures. The injury occurs when the malleoli around the ankle joint are broken, which results in patients experiencing severe pain and swelling, followed by the inability to put their weight on the injured foot.

Surgical Procedure for This Fracture:

ORIF or open reduction and internal fixation are the surgical procedures that are most frequently used when it comes to repairing ankle fractures. This is where fractured bones are openly operated upon and realigned. Metal plates and/or screws are then used to keep the bones secure and in place, in the correct position.

At OSPI, the orthopedic and pain management doctors offer comprehensive foot and ankle treatments. This includes top notch foot and ankle specialists treating patients from Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek, Casa Grande, Maricopa and surrounding areas.

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