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Have a subluxing/snapping extensor tendon in foot after injury (by 4th met). Doc said only cure for this is surgery. Is this true?

Have a subluxing/snapping extensor tendon in foot after injury (by 4th met). Doc said only cure for this is surgery. Is this true?

Snapping tendon: It is possible that over time, the bony callous (thickened area) will consolidate and remodel so that it is thinner, and at that point, the tendon may not snap over it. Time will tell. ...Read more

Tendon (Definition)

Tendons are made up of collagen and are the functional tissue that interfaces between muscles and bone. Muscles generate force that is transmitted through its tendon that inserts on a specific bone that is moved in the plane of the connecting joint made ...Read more


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I have subluxing extensor tendon in left foot close to 5th met. Causes popping/snapping whenever foot moves. Doc recommended surgery. Is it necessary?

I have subluxing extensor tendon in left foot close to 5th met. Causes popping/snapping whenever foot moves. Doc recommended surgery. Is it necessary?

Hard 2 answer-: -since we R not able 2 exam the foot or look @ the images. Follow Ur orthopedic surgeons rec, or get 2nd opinion if uncomfortable with Ur surgeons opinion. ...Read more

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Extensor tendons in foot sublux/snapping over bones. Torn ext. retinaculum no surgeon will replace. Any brace (non AFO) to hold tendons in place?

Extensor tendons in foot sublux/snapping over bones. Torn ext. retinaculum no surgeon will replace. Any brace (non AFO) to hold tendons in place?

Retinaculum: Unfortunately the extensor retinaculum is the housing complex for the tendons. Keep looking for a surgeon to repair. A brace will help short term, but not long term. ...Read more

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I am a professional pitcher and i was recently diagnosed after my MRI with a tear in my common extensor tendon. Where is that and how can I rehab it?

I am a professional pitcher and i was recently diagnosed after my MRI with a tear in my common extensor tendon. Where is that and how can I rehab it?

Elbow: The common extensor tendon attaches to the side of the elbow. This injury is also called tennis elbow. Since you are a professional athlete treatment will differ from standard of care as peak performance is a must. A good team including physical rehabilitation, sports medicine and orthopedic physicians can design a plan of care that optimizes the level of performance you need. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Today woke-pain top foot feel misaligned. Barely weight bear- Loud snapping and severe pain-passed out. Subluxed extensor tendons snapping back?

Today woke-pain top foot feel misaligned. Barely weight bear- Loud snapping and severe pain-passed out. Subluxed extensor tendons snapping back?

Wow: That sounds like a severe sprain, dislocation. No injury? Well if this is the case your local urgent care or emergency room can evaluate, consider X ray and provide appropriate treatment. Good luck ...Read more

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Peroneal tendons subluxing. Extensor retinaculum repair just failed. Cavus foot from CS. Can both retinacula (2) & cavus be fixed at once? Techniques?

Peroneal tendons subluxing. Extensor retinaculum repair just failed. Cavus foot from CS. Can both retinacula (2) & cavus be fixed at once? Techniques?

Yes: the cavus is the bone position typically as in your condition at the heel. A bone cut can be made to align the heel. The retinacular repair can be done at the same time. ...Read more

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Extensor tendon injury. Who treats it?

Extensor tendon injury. Who treats it?

Hand surgeon: Tendon injuries in the hand are typically treated by a hand surgeon. Hand surgeons can orthopaedic surgeons (like myself), general or plastic surgeons. Look for someone who is board certified and has a certificate of additional qualification (caq) in hand surgery. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how treat a common digital extensor tendon injury?

Can you tell me how treat a common digital extensor tendon injury?

Ice.: Ice the area for 20 minutes at a time, take an anti-inflammatory medication. You may need physical therapy in addition, to restore everything back to normal. ...Read more

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How long will it take to fix a mallet finger/ruptured extensor tendon?

How long will it take to fix a mallet finger/ruptured extensor tendon?

3 months: These are treated with a splint which as to be on 100% of the time for two months. Then only at night for the next months. Full activity at 3 months. ...Read more

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Could a deep cut on the volar side of the thumb cut the extensor tendon while leaving the flexor tendon intact?

No: The extensor tendon is on the dorsal or top side. A volar injury is likely to. Injure a flexor tendon or nerve. See a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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I snapped the extensor tendon on my pinky finger, I have splinted it for 8 weeks and it is still tender and swollen, is this normal?

I snapped the extensor tendon on my pinky finger, I have splinted it for 8 weeks and it is still tender and swollen, is this normal?

Hard to say.: Did you get it x-rayed? Sometimes an initial x-ray does not show a fracture, and it may not be evident on x-ray until a week later. Be sure to get checked again, though. You should be much better than you were the first week or so, if not, something else could be going on. ...Read more

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I got an MRI after cutting the top part of my thumb. The report said that the extensor tendon was not visualized. Y would that be? Referred to surgeon

I got an MRI after cutting the top part of my thumb. The report said that the extensor tendon was not visualized. Y would that be? Referred to surgeon

Varied: There are a number of possibilities. To be honest, after such an injury, a good exam is much more useful than an mri. The two main reasons it would not be seen is if it was cut and retracted into your hand, or of there was enough soft tissue injury and swelling that it was there but could not be visualized. Again, the results of an exam would tell me more than an mri. Thanks. ...Read more

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Recently posted about extensor tendon injury. Just woke up from sleep with a severe sharp, burning, gnawing pain in my hand and knuckles. Is serious?

Recently posted about extensor tendon injury. Just woke up from sleep with a severe sharp, burning, gnawing pain in my hand and knuckles. Is serious?

Unlikely: If this is the first time this has happenned prob. Nothing to worry about. If u have stiffness and pain in knuckle joints of hand more frequently, esp in am, u may want to see a rheumatologist ...Read more

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I had a de Quervain's release 20 days ago. I have pain around my extensor tendon at base of index finger t. Worse when I make a fist with bended elbow?

I had a de Quervain's release 20 days ago. I have pain around my extensor tendon at base of index finger t. Worse when I make a fist with bended elbow?

Most likely inflamed: The tendon could be inflamed from the anestetic which they give around the wrist for the procedure or from some of the blood from the release.Either reason would be expected to resove with time.You should discuss this with your surgeon so he can properly evaluate it. ...Read more

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I punched a wall a week ago. The doctor said i did not fracture my metacarpal. I'm still having a lot of pain and the extensor tendon curves sideways. What should I do?

I punched a wall a week ago. The doctor said i did not fracture my metacarpal. I'm still having a lot of pain and the extensor tendon curves sideways. What should I do?

X-ray: You may want to get an x-ray if you haven't already had one. If you punched the wall a week ago and are still having pain in spite of taking advil (ibuprofen) and oxycodone, then you certainly could have a fracture. ...Read more

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Incised retinaculum ankle-fasciotomy. Extensor tendons now subluxing. Knee buckling from feels like muscles on lateral side giving out. Related?

Incised retinaculum ankle-fasciotomy. Extensor tendons now subluxing. Knee buckling from feels like muscles on lateral side giving out. Related?

Joint problems: It sounds like you have both knee and ankle problems, and when you have serious enough ankle joint problems, it is not uncommon to cause problems one major joint away - in the knee. If you haven't already had advice from your orthopedist, you need to discuss how stable the knee is since the ankle surgery. Weight-bearing is a good sign of joint instability- I suggest you see your ortho right away ...Read more

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How concerning is a pulled or strained tendon in foot?

The reason To: Take care of something is to ensure the condition does not worsen.
Example: a strained posterior tibial tendon in a person with a flatfoot could potentially be devastating if not treated. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how dangerous is a pulled or strained tendon in foot?

Can you tell me how dangerous is a pulled or strained tendon in foot?

That would depend on: How bad the strain was. Usually, for the most part these are not dangerous injuries but more annoyances that you can't do what you want. Rest, ice, or heat after the first 48 hours are good. You can brace or wrap the injured region. ...Read more

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Severe tightening of flexor hallucis longus tendon in foot?

Stretch: If the flexor tendon is too tight it will also cause cramping of the arch area. You need to stretch out your great toe by hyperextending it gradually (holding your big toe toward your face) also use some icy hot, etc. Make sure that you stretch this at least 2 times daily, and before and after exercise.Good support is also needed in the shoes. ...Read more

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What can I do for a torn tendon in my left foot?

What can I do for  a torn tendon in my left foot?

If its torn: I would see a foot doc for further evil and treatment. If function is lost, repair of the tendon may be a consideration. If a longitudinal treat is present immobilization is recommended.
Depending on your level of activity, a decision between conservative and surgical management will need to be made. ...Read more

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What can they do to repair torn tendons in my foot?

Surgery or casting: Depending on which tendons are torn, how long ago and the tendon position will determine if immobilization will work or if you need surgery. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have i torn a ligament/tendon in my foot?

How do I know if I have i torn a ligament/tendon in my foot?

See a doctor: You will get a proper evaluation and a diagnosis can be made. Sometimes further testing is necessary. Is range of motion limited or very painful? These are often noted, however, a tear is not necessarily present with these symptoms. ...Read more

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What's the best way to recover from a torn tendon in the foot?

What's the best way to recover from a torn tendon in the foot?

Tendon tear: If it is a horizontal tear, surgical repair is appropriate. If it is a split tear in the tendon, immobilization and physical therapy can heal the injury. We also use platelet rich plasma injections to facilitate healing of the injury. ...Read more

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What is the best way to recover from a torn tendon in the foot?

What is the best way to recover from a torn tendon in the foot?

Depends: Depends on the tendon torn, the degree of tear, the ability to repair with non-surgical means versus surgical means, ability to rest, splint, not use the area, time on crutches, boot splint, or other and the type of physical therapy your get. See a reputable orthopedist or sports medicine physician and get an evaluation. You may need to see a foot and ankle trained ortho to see you. ...Read more

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Flat footed and torn tendons. What is my future in dance?

Flat footed and torn tendons. What is my future in dance?

Depends on the dance: Chances are, you will not be successful in classical ballet, wherein the pointe position requires an intact foot structure. There are a number of folk dances, even some irish clogging dances, which might work for you with the right shoes. Slow dancing (with the right partner) should work just fine! ...Read more