• Dr. Sunil Dachepalli

Sports Injuries-Ankle

1. Plantar Fascitis:

Inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament that lies beneath the foot.

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Symptoms include pain in initial few steps of walking.

Management:

Rest

Pain Medication

Physiotherapy includes exercises and ultrasound therapy

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PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) or Steroid Injection

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Steroid injection

Surgery:

If the above methods fail, the surgeon will plan for plantar fascia release either by open or keyhole method.

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Plantar fascia release

2. Achilles tendinitis:

Here the large tendon that runs down the back of your lower leg becomes irritated and inflamed.

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Management:

Rest & Ice packs

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

Cortisone injections

Physiotherapy includes exercises and Ultrasound therapy:

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CALF STRETCH

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ULTRASOUND THERAPY

Surgery:

If the above methods fail then the surgeon will plan for Gastrocnemius recession.

3. Flat Foot:

A condition that results in a flattened arch with the foot pointed outward.

A common and a painless condition usually develops when the arches don’t develop during childhood. In other cases, flatfeet develops after an injury or wear and tear with age.

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NORMAL FOOT FLAT FOOT

Symptoms:

  1. Foot pain particularly in the heel or arch area.

  2. Pain may worsen with activity.

Management:

In most cases, this will be cured with Orthotics or Physiotherapy.

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Medial arch support

If the above methods fail, Surgery can be a very effective way to help with the pain and deformity.

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