What is a Sprain?

  • By 100000207901
  • 18 Oct, 2016

The term sprain signifies injury to the soft tissues, usually the ligaments, of the ankle. An ankle sprain usually occurs when the ankle is twisted, or inverted and occurs on the lateral of outside part of the ankle. This is the most common type of ankle injury. It can happen in the setting of an ankle fracture (i.e. when the bones of the ankle also break). Most commonly, however, it occurs in isolation.

Sprains range from the relatively minor to those where the ligaments have been completely torn. When a ligament is stretched out there is critical point where it cannot return to its normal elastic function in the most severe cases the ligaments will tear.

Ankle sprains are generally treated with rest, ice, compression, elevation and physiotherapy. In more severe cases an MRI scan is requested to confirm the full extent of the injury.

The ankle is commonly injured in sports injuries. We currently employ an accelerated recovery programme in most procedures. Minimally invasive surgery is performed an emphasis on immediate weight bearing. This limits muscle wasting and accelerates a return to sports.

If ligaments are torn and surgery is required, stitches will be removed post operatively in 7 to 10 days’ time. A plaster or fibreglass cast is rarely used; most post operative rehabilitation aids will include a Range of Motion boot or an Orthopaedic shoe.

 In the case of the injury shown above, an MRI scan showed a fracture of the anterior process of the calcaneus. The symptomatic fracture non-union was excised and the bifurcate ligament reattached using two anchors.


By 100000207901 26 Jul, 2017

Ankle fractures in some situations can be treated with minimally invasive techniques, In particular fractures with small amounts of displacement can be managed this way. This often will allow the added benefit of earlier weight bearing.

By 100000207901 26 Jul, 2017
An important component of bunion management is to tape the great toe down and out. That means toward the floor and away from the direction of deformity. 
By 100000207901 26 Jul, 2017

Fusions of the foot and ankle are done for a number of reasons such as rheumatoid arthritis, injuries and flat feet just to name a few.

Fusion's can be performed using minimally invasive techniques. This can be applied to all types of different fusions

By 100000207901 26 Jul, 2017

Minimally Invasive surgery is exactly what it says, less invasive! This means your length of hospital stay and recovery time is reduced.

Minimally invasive bunion surgery is secured using mini high-tech screws. These are introduced over guide wires under a low dose pulse X-ray control.

By 100000207901 26 Jul, 2017

Severe foot deformities can be cause by congenital, environmental factors, sustained from injury and invasive surgery. These deformities can cause pain that can alter one’s daily routine.

Even in cases where there has been very invasive surgery minimally invasive surgery can be used to alleviate pain.

By 100000207901 20 Jul, 2017

Flat foot is described as a foot that’s arch is lower than what is considered usual

A foot that collapses later in life maybe due to tibialis posterior dysfunction.

These cases are more common in women, resulting in a foot that becomes flat and painful
By 100000207901 20 Jul, 2017

A Lisfranc injury also known as a Lisfranc fracture is one where there is an injury to the Joints in the arch of your foot. It is one of the most misdiagnosed injuries.

Stabilisation or primary fusion are surgical options. I prefer to stabilise with a bridging plate which spares the joints. The bridging plates are then removed later.
By 100000207901 14 Jul, 2017

Dr Gordon Slater orthopaedic surgeon specialising in foot and ankle surgery, Sydney

By 100000207901 18 Apr, 2017

After minimally invasive surgery the bones will be realigned held in place with specialised screws. Overtime the bones will remodel as they heal.

  At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group we utilise the latest techniques to manage conditions of the foot and ankle. Our aim is to explore non operative techniques in the first instance or when necessary provide joint preserving minimally invasive surgical options. Even minimally invasive techniques can carry some risks, however, this technique does allow more possibilities in the management of disease. Before deciding on surgery it is important you feel comfortable with your decision therefore we like to allow ample opportunity for you to ask any relevant questions. It may be useful to write down any questions you would like to ask Dr Slater and bring them along to your appointment. Alternatively, please feel free to contact our friendly staff.

 At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group our aim is to provide you with the latest techniques to ensure optimal results.

 


By 100000207901 13 Apr, 2017

Immediately after surgery your foot will have a post op bunion dressing as shown. The bandage should stay for 10 to 14 days after this a slimmer dressing is applied. The surgery is a day case with immediate weight bearing following.

 

 At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group we utilise the latest techniques to manage conditions of the foot and ankle. Our aim is to explore non operative techniques in the first instance or when necessary provide joint preserving minimally invasive surgical options. Even minimally invasive techniques can carry some risks, however, this technique does allow more possibilities in the management of disease. Before deciding on surgery it is important you feel comfortable with your decision therefore we like to allow ample opportunity for you to ask any relevant questions. It may be useful to write down any questions you would like to ask Dr Slater and bring them along to your appointment. Alternatively, please feel free to contact our friendly staff.

 

At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group our aim is to provide you with the latest techniques to ensure optimal results.

 



 


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