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Ankle and foot injuries

Deltoid ligament: Not your run-of-the-mill ankle sprain

in Acute injuries, Ankle and foot injuries, Musculoskeletal injuries

Most sportsmen sprain their ankles laterally, however, there is the rare instance of a medial ankle sprain. In today’s feature article highlighting uncommon injuries, physiotherapist Chris Mallac explores deltoid ligament injuries. How infrequent are these injuries? Researchers in Alabama conducted an epidemiological study to find out1. They reviewed a large sample of the National Collegiate Athletic... MORE

Uncommon injuries: the deltoid ligament

in Ankle and foot injuries, Diagnose & Treat

Chris Mallac explains the relevant anatomy and biomechanics of the deltoid ligament complex, the mechanisms of injury, and how simple injuries that do not require surgery can be successfully progressed. Injuries to the deltoid ligament are an uncommon ligamentous sprain to the ankle. The mechanism of injury occurs due to forced eversion combined with external rotation.... MORE

Stressed loading: Second metatarsal stress fracture – Part II

in Ankle and foot injuries, Diagnose & Treat, Musculoskeletal injuries, Overuse injuries

In part one of this article on second metatarsal stress fractures, Chris Mallac explored how these injuries occur, and the pathogenesis of second metatarsal stress fracture development. In part two, Chris considers the principles of second metatarsal stress fracture rehabilitation, including return to running, progressive loading and other aspects the clinician needs to consider Stress fractures... MORE

Case in point: Second metatarsal stress fracture – Part...

in Ankle and foot injuries, Diagnose & Treat, Musculoskeletal injuries, Overuse injuries

In the first part of a two-part article, Chris Mallac presents a case study of an elite footballer who suffered a proximal 2ndmetatarsal fracture and a 3rdmetatarsal stress reaction. In this issue, Chris discusses the causative factors in the pathogenesis of metatarsal stress fractures and how they are diagnosed. Stress fractures of the metatarsals are a... MORE

Plantar fascia ruptures

in Ankle and foot injuries, Diagnose & Treat, Musculoskeletal injuries

Chris Mallac identifies the unique anatomical and biomechanical features of the plantar fascia, describes the pathogenesis and clinical presentation of rupture, and how this injury may be managed in the athlete Medial plantar heel pain is a common overuse injury in running based athletes or in those who stand on their feet for extended periods of... MORE


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