This will be the first attempt at starting a new way to educate patients regarding sports, and foot and ankle problems. My goal is to create a new blog on a weekly basis, ranging from orthopaedic topics, such as knee, hip, shoulder, and ankle problems, to total ankle replacements, and bunions.
Ankle injuries extend from the common sprain, to the complex arthritis case that could warrant total joint replacement surgery. With respect to the basic sprain, why do we see so many of these injuries in our practices: are our ankles not strong enough, are we wearing the wrong shoes or are we simply more active than we used to be? What are the keys to a good clinical evaluation for these ankle injuries and what can you counsel your patients to anticipate following a more serious ankle injury? Dr. Selene Parekh, foot and ankle surgeon in the Department of Orthopaedic Durgery at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, assesses a range of ankle injuries in this conversation with host Dr. Mark Nolan Hill.
With common injuries, such as ankle and knee sprains, patients often want to know when they should see a doctor, how to treat themselves and how long to stay off their feet. Colleen Black Semelka fractured her right leg and crushed the bones in her left ankle in a car crash in November. She progressed from a wheelchair to a walker.