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Injury Definitions

Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot injuries are extremely common. Foot injuries include fractures, bunions, spurs, corns, etc. Perhaps the most common problem with feet is heel pain. Inflammation of the connective tissue on the sole of the foot (plantar fascia) where it attaches to the heel bone is the most common cause of such pain. Foot injuries can occur in a variety of ways, and often include injury to the ankle.

The ankle supports the entire weight of the body and is particularly susceptible to injury. Ankle sprains and strains, and ankle fractures are one of the most common injuries treated by orthopedists. Ankle injuries usually involve a sudden, unexpected, loss of balance that results in a sharp twist of the ankle. A strain occurs when a muscle or tendon overstretches. A sprain is more serious and occurs when strong connective tissue that connects one bone to another (ligaments) become overstretched. In some cases, a ligament tears and may pull a fragment of bone with it. When a piece of bone is pulled away, it is known as an avulsion fracture. Most sprains and strains are initially treated with rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Moderate and severe sprains and strains are often immobilized with a cast or splint. Severe fractures often require surgical repair.


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