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Will a sprained ankle require you to wear a leg boot or a cast?

Will a sprained ankle require you to wear a leg boot or a cast?

Depends on severity.: Depending on the severity of the injury you may need an ace bandage, strapping of the ankle, an ankle support brace, a rigid walking boot, or a short leg cast. Have it evaluated by your podiatrist and see what is best for you. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Galland
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Splint (Definition)

A splint can be any type of external protection device designed to shield a bone or joint from injury. It may be used prophylactically to prevent injury or protect an injured bone or ...Read more


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Superficial peroneal nerve compression syndrome is there a cure? leg hurts knee swollen foot tingling numb for a month speclist app 3 weeks

Superficial peroneal nerve compression syndrome is there a cure?   leg hurts knee swollen  foot tingling numb  for a month speclist app 3 weeks

May need surgical op: May need surgical therapy. This is a complex problem and requires special expertise. The diagnosis must be clear. There may also be causalgia complicating this. It appears you have other medical problems which need perspective ...Read more

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When is splinting a foot injury really necessary?

When is splinting a foot injury really necessary?

Injury: This would entirely depend on what the injury is. Usually the purpose of the splint is to immobilize the foot to allow parts of it to rest by restricting motion. ...Read more

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What is worse a fractured hip or a sprain hip flexor?

What is worse a fractured hip or a sprain hip flexor?

Surgery vs Rehab: A fracture of the hip will most likely require surgery while a strain of a muscle will require stretching and strength training. ...Read more

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Wearing a walking boot for broken ankle now knee on other leg hurts?

Wearing a walking boot for broken ankle now knee on other leg hurts?

Unequal leg lengths: Usally those boots make the leg a bit longer on the injured side so this throws off the gait and can put extra stress on the opposite side / a shoe with a thicker sole may help sketchers are a brand that has somewhat thicker soles and these some times help talk to your orthopedist about this good luck. ...Read more

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Could a podiatrist fix ideopathic toe walking?

Could a podiatrist fix ideopathic toe walking?

They could try: Stretching and proprioceptive training with heel lifts would be a way to try and help. ...Read more

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Is a shin splint different from a fracture?

Yes: Chin splint is inflammation of the fascia which insert on the bone, the fracture is a broken bone. Thank you.. ...Read more

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Will a podiatrist treat foot pain and numb legs?

Will a podiatrist treat foot pain and numb legs?

Pain and numbness: Need to consider a peripheral neuropathy and causes are many. Small fiber variants are notorious for causing a combination of pain and numbness, but nerve compression at ankle can cause tarsal tunnel syndrome. In the end to uncover causation, an experienced neurologist can work closely with a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Can hyperextending a knee cause foot numbness?

Can hyperextending a knee cause foot numbness?

Yes : A hyper extension injury can cause a stretch to the nerve behind the knee and that can cause numbness. Usually, however, the nerve will recover but it can take many months. ...Read more

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Is a knee walker a good option for tibial stress fractures in both legs?

Is a knee walker a good option for tibial stress fractures in both legs?

Yes: If you have problems with other devices that help to limit weight bearing, the knee walker is a valid option. ...Read more

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When do you prescribe a cast vs a walking boot after foot and ankle injury?

When do you prescribe a cast vs a walking boot after foot and ankle injury?

They are similar: A cast and a walking boot are similar and accomplish many of the same goals. The main difference is that you can remove a walking boot but cannot remove a cast. Walking boots are great when the condition that you are treating is safe to remove from the immobilization temporarily, eg to take a shower. In instances where it is not appropriate to remove the immobilization, a cast is better. ...Read more

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Could a knee injury lead to requiring a leg amputation?

Could a knee injury lead to requiring a leg amputation?

Rarely, yes: A severe knee injury could but this is rare. Some examples 1. If you sustained a severe tibial plateau fracture, for example, which became chronically infected. 2. Knee dislocation with unrecognized damage to the artery behind the knee. ...Read more

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What is worse, a compound leg fracture or a shredded knee?

Both: Honestly, both are bad injuries. A compound fracture is old terminology - current terminology is open fracture, meaning the fracture has protruded through the skin - these fractures have a high risk for infection and nearly always require surgery. A "shredded" knee is somewhat vague but suggests either a terrible soft tissue injury or extensive ligamentous injury or both. ...Read more

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I have a bunionette as a result of wearing a moon boot for a foot fracture and subsequently changing walking gait. It is painful to walk and shoes mak?

I have a bunionette as a result of wearing a moon boot for a foot fracture and subsequently changing walking gait. It is painful to walk and shoes mak?

By design...: The purpose of the moon boot is to change your gait in a way the dissipates the force of the ground over a larger surface area. This is what allows the fracture to heal. The boot may or may not irritate already existing problems such as bunions or bunionettes. There is a transition back into regular shoes. This may involve athletic shoe first. Ask your doctor for advice on shoes or therapy. ...Read more

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Dorsiflexion osteotomy caused hallux limitus. Inversion compensation causing ankle sprains and knee pain. Surgeon only give shot. Can this be fixed?

Dorsiflexion osteotomy caused hallux limitus. Inversion compensation causing ankle sprains and knee pain. Surgeon only give shot. Can this be fixed?

IT CAN BE FIXED: To be clear, you had a dorsiflexory osteotomy of the 1st metatarsal, and it was raised too much? If so, the surgery is essentially reversed to drop the metatarsal down. That should be done, to avoid arthritis at the bunion joint. You're young, so this should be done. Why was it done initially? Good luck. Dr. Latva ...Read more

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Is a cast necessary for a double fifth metatarsal foot fracture?

Is a cast necessary for a double fifth metatarsal foot fracture?

Depends: Certainly acceptable. Some docs nowadays dispense cam walker boots. ...Read more

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Will a wrist brace help a torn/loose wrist ligament?

Will a wrist brace help a torn/loose wrist ligament?

Depends: The answer is dependent on the extent of the injury, whether the tendon is just a minor "tear" or a disruption. This is impossible to DX without an exam In the meantime, a brace will help protect from further injury. But you need to see your DR for an exam. ...Read more