Posts for category: Trauma
What happens when a 9,000 lbs forklift runs over your foot? It really hurts! One of our patients came in after getting his right foot run over. He could have had fractures, ligament damage, compartment syndrome, nerve damage and skin slough. Fortunately, he only had a small fracture, some mild numbness and bruising. If you have any trauma, come see us immediately.
Chronic Ankle Pain:
Cartilage damage to the ankle joint can cause chronic low grade pain in the ankle joint. A common complication of a mild to severe ankle sprain is cartilage damage on the talar dome. The MRI shows inflammation and cartilage damage in the lateral shoulder of the talus, of a patient that sustained a moderate ankle sprain while playing basketball. The patient has been in pain for over one year and hasn’t had any relief. His ankle pain is worse when he’s more active, which is frustrating for him because he loves playing basketball. An osteochondral lesion of the talar dome can cause deep ankle pain that is low grade. At times patients can feel a clicking or popping in the joint. There can also be pain in the joint with full range of motion. I have done multiple ankle scopes in the past that have alleviated most if not all of the pain, and I normally use regenerative amniotic injections to optimize the healing of the talar dome. Regenerative medicine can be a benefit in many aspects of surgery from wound care to cartilage damage repair. If you have any ankle pain come see us.
How strong are your ligaments? These x-rays show avulsion fractures of the lateral and medial malleolus at the attachment of the ankle ligaments. The patients had severe ankle sprains, and instead of the ligaments tearing it pulled so hard that it avulsed a piece of bone. Along with the fracture, the pt can possibly have cartilage damage in the ankle joint and tendon tears. These aren’t normally found until after the patient is walking again. If you have had any ankle trauma please come see us to avoid any long-term complications or arthritis development.