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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
January 30, 2019
Category: fractures

Winter is a great time to try a new sport, but with it comes a whole new slew of potential injuries! Here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, we often see a rise in ski and snowboard injuries around this time. One frequent injury we see is deemed the snowboard fracture – otherwise known as a lateral talar process fracture.

This type of fracture occurs on the outside of the lower ankle bone. It happens when the foot suddenly jams, forcing the lower ankle bone to push into the adjoining bone. This action frequently occurs during snowboarding actions like coming to a sudden stop, hence the name: snowboarder fracture.

Signs and symptoms:

A reason that these types of fractures are often misdiagnosed or ignored is that the symptoms can be easily attributed to a sprained ankle:

  • Extreme pain in the ankle area
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty or unable to bear weight on the injured ankle

A regular ankle x-ray may or may not reveal the lateral talar process fracture. Often, these types of fractures aren’t visible on an x-ray. If diagnostic tests stop at that step, then they often come to the conclusion that the patient has a bad ankle sprain. Our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas will thoroughly examine the injury – asking how it occurred and getting to the bottom of what it could be. Often an MRI or CT scan might be ordered as lateral talar process fractures can be more easily seen in these imaging tests.

Treatment

If the bones are severely displaced or shattered by the fracture, leaving painful bone fragments present, surgery might be necessary to clean out the injured area and reset the bone. If the break is less severe, ankle immobilization and avoiding weight bearing will allow healing to properly occur. With either treatment option, the patient will not be able to put weight on the ankle for 6 to 8 weeks. Not getting treatment or improperly following treatment instructions can lead to chronic ankle issues and a greater likelihood of future sprains.

If you’ve hurt yourself snowboarding, it’s time to give us a call. Our podiatrist here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can help to diagnose and treat your injury and get you back on your feet quickly. Our conveniently-located office serves the Cromwell, Connecticut area. Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment at (860) 632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
August 22, 2018
Category: fractures
Tags: break a bone   ankle bone  

Each year an average of 6 million people in the United States break a bone. Most people remember their first bone break; they fell out of a tree, or took a kick wrong in a soccer game, or simply tripped down a flight of stairs. It happens all the time! Most people also remember getting a cast put on that broken bone; trying to shove a pencil down it to scratch an unreachable itch or the ultimate feeling of relief when it’s finally removed. Broken bones are common but are serious injuries that should always be assessed by a medical professional.

In the podiatry field, we see broken bones a lot. Here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, Dr. Adam Mucinskas can help assess a broken foot or ankle bone and see what kind of treatment it needs.

How do bones break?

Although bones are stiff and rigid, they still have some “give” to them, allowing them to bend to a little pressure. It doesn’t take much pressure, though, to push that flexibility to the limit and break or fracture the bone. The harder the force applied to the bone, the more severe the break will be. A more intense trauma will cause a worse break, which will, in turn, take longer to heal. A very serious break could even require surgery and the installation of metal pins and plates to rebuild the bone.

What do casts do?

A cast doesn’t actually heal the bones, but rather it keeps them in place so they can heal on their own. It also adds an extra layer of protection over the sensitive area where the bone was broken.

How are casts made and applied?

Casts are constructed from plaster and fiberglass. The top layer is typically a colorful fiberglass wrapping. To administer a cast, your podiatrist will take an x-ray of the broken foot or ankle to assess the damage. They will then disinfect the area and set the bones so they are positioned for best healing. It takes about 45 minutes to administer a cast to the affected area, but the cast won’t be completely set and dry for about 72 hours. In that time, it’s important to keep it away from water so the materials don’t break down.

If you recently broke a bone in your foot or ankle, give Feet First Foot Care Specialists a call! Dr. Adam Mucinskas can help answer any questions you might have about casts or about foot health. We feature innovative treatments and state-of-the-art technologies at our conveniently located office in the Cromwell, Connecticut area. Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment at (860) 632-5499.



 








 

 

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