Internal Brace Repair-The Body’s Internal Seat Belt
The InternalBrace™ ligament augmentation system is used to repair lateral or medial ankle instability. Similar to wearing a seat belt for support, this innovative technique helps to support the ankle and prevent the possibility of secondary injury.
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A bunion, also known as hallux valgus, is bony prominence at the base of the big toe, which often results in pain, redness and rubbing in footwear. The 1st metatarsal bone abnormally angles outward towards the other foot from its joint in the midfoot. A bunion can change the shape of your foot, make it difficult for you to find shoes that fit correctly and worsen the symptoms if left untreated. Click on the video to watch through. (Courtesy YPO)
The foot has 26 bones, and can be divided into 3 parts: hindfoot, midfoot, and forefoot. The most common type of foot fracture is a stress fracture, which occurs when repeated activities produce small cracks in the bones. Foot fractures can involve different bones and joints and are classified into several types: calcaneal fractures, talar fractures, navicular fractures, and lisfranc fractures. Foot fractures commonly occur as a result of a fall, motor vehicle accident, dropping a heavy object on your foot, or from overuse such as with sports. The common symptoms of a foot fracture include pain, bruising, tenderness, swelling, deformity, and inability to bear weight. (Courtesy YPO)
Heel or arch pain, i.e. Plantar fasciitis is a condition where the plantar fascia becomes inflamed from overstretching or overuse, causing pain in the heel and bottom of the foot. It can occur in one or both feet due to excessive standing and is one of the most common orthopedic complaints, especially in active men between 40 and 70 years of age. (Courtesy YPO)
Severs disease, also called calcaneal apophysitis, is a condition causing swelling and pain at the back of the heel that affects growing adolescents. The inflammation occurs at the point where the Achilles tendon attaches to the calcaneus bone, the large bone that makes up the heel of the foot. Severs disease is a common cause of heel pain in physically active children in the early part of puberty, usually between ages 9-14. (Courtesy YPO)
Toe deformities are common problems that occur due to abnormal positioning of the foot bones, inadequate biomechanics, and diseases such as arthritis affecting bones and tissues of the foot. Toe deformities not only affect the alignment of the bones, joints and tissues in the foot, but may also affect alignment of the weight bearing joints such as the hips or knees resulting in further problems. The most common toe deformities are hammertoes, claw toes, and mallet toes. (Courtesy YPO)
Ankle sprains are a common injury that occurs from over stretching or tearing of the ligaments that support the ankle. The ankle is composed of bones forming a joint and ligaments are the elastic structures which are responsible for holding these bones in their proper place. Ligaments and other soft tissues function to prevent abnormal movement such as twisting, turning, and rolling of the foot beyond the normal range. (Courtesy YPO)
Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which an arthroscope, a small, soft, flexible tube with a light and video camera at the end, is inserted into the ankle joint to evaluate and treat a variety of conditions. (Courtesy YPO)
Ankle injuries are very common in athletes and in people performing physical work, often resulting in severe pain and impaired mobility. Pain after ankle injuries can either be from a torn ligament and is called ankle sprain or from a broken bone which is called ankle fracture. Ankle fracture is a painful condition where there is a break in one or more bones forming the ankle joint. The ankle joint is stabilized by different ligaments and other soft tissues, which may also be injured during an ankle fracture. (Courtesy YPO)
The achilles tendon is often injured during sports resulting in an inflammatory condition called tendonitis which is characterized by swelling and pain. The tendon ruptures because of weakened tendons due to advanced age or from sudden bursts of activity during sports. The classic symptom of an Achilles Tendon rupture is the inability to rise up on your toes. (Courtesy YPO) – See Dr. Kline’s article on complete repair of a negelected Achilles Tendon Rupture.