UFAI Ankle Conditions Articles Archive

How a Sprained Ankle Can Easily Become Chronic Ankle Instability

How a Sprained Ankle Can Easily Become Chronic Ankle Instability

A sprained ankle is among the most frequently incurred injuries worldwide. In the United States, more than 23,000 ankles are sprained each and every day.  The usual cause of an acute ankle sprain is a sudden shift in weight-bearing that causes the outside edge of a person’s foot to roll under, and the inside edge to lift up. Such an read more »

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New Treatment for Ankle Arthritis: Advanced Cartilage Replacement

New Treatment for Ankle Arthritis: Advanced Cartilage Replacement

Satisfactory treatment has long been available for early-stage ankle arthritis. And effective procedures, including ankle fusion and total ankle replacement, are available for end-stage ankle arthritis. But one of the last great barriers in the treatment of ankle arthritis has been how to handle moderate ankle arthritis. Until recently, some of the greatest podiatric challenges were moderate ankle arthritis cases. read more »

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Kids’ Feet and Growth Plates: 5 Problems to Watch For

Kids’ Feet and Growth Plates: 5  Problems to Watch For

Many troublesome foot and ankle conditions occur in children just as they do in adults. But the bones of growing children haven’t themselves finished growing, so some children’s foot problems require extra attention. What is a child’s growth plate? Sites of active bone growth in children are called growth plates. They exist near the ends of bones in pre-adolescent children. read more »

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Feel Pain En Pointe or on Tippy Toes? Blame Os Trigonum Syndrome!

Feel Pain En Pointe or on Tippy Toes? Blame Os Trigonum Syndrome!

What’s an Os Trigonum? An os trigonum is a non-utilitarian piece of bone that usually rests peacefully at the back of some peoples’ feet. Ordinarily, an os trigonum is a harmless anomaly. However, if you punt a football, kick a soccer ball, swim using a butterfly kick, or go en pointe as a ballet dancer, that little hunk of bone read more »

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Want a Successful Ankle Surgery Recovery? Don’t Race Back to Training!

Want a Successful Ankle Surgery Recovery? Don’t Race Back to Training!

It’s sad but true, you can’t rush your recovery after having ankle surgery Ankle surgery recovery isn’t a walk in the park (pun intended), but getting back into your regular workout routine doesn’t have to be like a grueling marathon either. It’s a big change to your lifestyle when you’re recovering from a broken ankle, but the time you invest read more »

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Ankle Replacement Surgery Improves Range of Motion and Quality of Life

Ankle Replacement Surgery Improves Range of Motion and Quality of Life

No doubt about it, end-stage ankle arthritis sounds scary. But the reality is even worse than it sounds. When the protective cartilage that cushions the ankle joint is lost, bone grinds on bone. The results? Debilitating pain, major disruption of ordinary activities, and a steep decline in ones quality of life. 50,000 new cases of ankle arthritis occur every year, read more »

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Is Microfracture Obsolete For Osteochondral Lesions Of The Talus?

Is Microfracture Obsolete For Osteochondral Lesions Of The Talus?

Originally published in Podiatry Today May 2018. An osteochondral lesion of the talus is often a difficult problem to treat. There is limited understanding of cartilage damage and its repair. Furthermore, it is hard to figure out why some osteochondral lesions, small or large, are painful and some are not painful. Finally, the treatment of such lesions is comprehensive but not read more »

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How to Apply for Social Security Disability with Arthritis

How to Apply for Social Security Disability with Arthritis

If you suffer from arthritis that is so severe that it impacts your ability to work, you may be eligible to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) oversees disability programs that offer monthly benefits to individuals who are unable to work because of medical conditions. To qualify for disability benefits from the SSA, you must read more »

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Expert Insights On Treatment Options For Cystic Lesions Of The Talus

Expert Insights On Treatment Options For Cystic Lesions Of The Talus

As published in Podiatry Today: An osteochondral lesion is an injury or fracture to the chondral surface or underlying subchondral bone. These lesions occur in the talus and are generally secondary to single or multiple traumatic events. Traumatic events can cause multiple mechanisms of injury including shearing, fracture, avulsion and compaction. These injuries can result in varying degrees of partial read more »

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