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How Many Ways Can You Sprain an Ankle?

What exactly is an ankle sprain and can it be serious enough to require ankle surgery? Everyone knows what a sprained ankle is, right? Your foot turns when you step off of a curb or land wrong after jumping to block a shot while playing basketball. It might even be something as simple as a…

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What Causes Osteochondral Defect in the Ankle?

What is the most likely cause of OCD Talus? Osteochondral defect (OCD) refers to a focal area of damage, usually to cartilage and part of the bone that it surrounds. This type of damage is accompanied by pain, swelling, and mechanical impairment. In the ankle, this condition is typically associated with the talus bone, which…

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Total Ankle Replacement for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Is total ankle replacement surgery an option if the pain in my knee is caused by rheumatoid arthritis? How do you react when a friend or family member tells you that they have been diagnosed with arthritis? No doubt you are sympathetic, but doesn’t this sort of announcement seems fairly commonplace, even expected, if they…

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How to Prepare for Total Ankle Replacement Surgery

Are there things that I can do before my total ankle replacement surgery to help my recovery process? Have you recently been advised by your orthopedic specialist that total ankle replacement surgery is recommended? This was not something you wanted to hear. It’s also likely that it wasn’t a surprise either, because this only happens…

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Treatment Options for OCD Talus

What is OCD talus and does it always require surgery for treatment? The talus is one of the bones that makes up the ankle joint. It is located between the calcaneus, which is the heel bone, and the bones of the lower leg, the tibia, and the fibula. The top of the talus bone, where…

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Foot and Ankle Osteoarthritis

Can osteoarthritis in the ankle lead to needing ankle replacement surgery? Arthritis affects more than 50 million people just in the U.S. alone. It is an equal-opportunity disease, striking men and women of all ages and races, although it does seem to affect women more. Even children are not immune. In the United States, arthritis…

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Ankle Sprains

Is a sprained ankle serious enough that I need to make a doctor’s appointment or will it heal on its own? There are a lot of reasons for ankle pain. Not only is the ankle a common target for injury, but there is also a long list of conditions and causes that lead to pain…

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Post-Traumatic Arthritis in the Ankle

Does post-traumatic arthritis lead to ankle surgery at some point in the future? There are dozens of variations on the saying about old sins coming back to haunt you. In place of sins, some people insert habits, insults, social media posts, or whatever applies to the point they are trying to make. When it comes…

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