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Ankle Fracture

Ankle fractures are one of the most common fractures accounting for approximately 9% of all fractures. They range from relatively minor simple avulsion fractures to more complex fractures involving both the tibia and fibula.

Here at the A2F clinic we are able to deal with the whole range of ankle fractures with quick access to all types of imaging including x-rays,MRI and CT scans.

Ankle instability and sprain running
Ankle Sprain and Instability

Lateral ankle sprains are one of the most common sporting injuries especially with sports such as basketball. The increasing use of MRI scans allows us to accurately diagnose ankle sprains and tailor treatment accordingly. Here at the A2F clinic we can access urgent MRI scans usually within 24-48 hours of a request allowing quick and definitive treatment.

Posterior impingement in a ballet dancer
Posterior Impingement

Posterior ankle impingement is a condition which occurs with maximal ankle plantarflexion. It usually presents with posterolateral ankle pain. It is seen in dancers in the demi-pointe and full pointe positions, and footballers when leaving the ground in a jump and striking the ball in full plantarflexion.

We regularly see dancers and footballers here at the A2F clinic with posterior impingement and are able to resolve most without the need for surgery.

Rugby peroneal tendon injury a result of plantar flexion inversion injury
Peroneal Tendon Injury

The peroneal tendons are positioned on the lateral (outer) side of the ankle. Inversion injuries and lateral ankle sprains in sports such as rugby and football can lead to splits of the peroneus brevis. Tendinitis and splits are often managed conservatively. Subluxation and dislocation often require surgery to stabilize the tendons. We regularly treat patients with peroneal tendon disorders here at the A2F clinic.

Achilles tendon injuries are common amongst runners
Achilles Tendon Injury

Despite being the thickest and strongest tendon in the body, the Achilles tendon is one of the most common running injuries, and is especially prevalent in forefoot runners. If the tendon ruptures completely surgery may be required. A foot and ankle specialist will advise you on whether your injury is optimally treated conservatively or with surgery.

Footballers often twist the foot causing a 5th metatarsal fracture
5th Metatarsal Stress Fracture

The 5th metatarsal bone stretches along the outer edge of the foot. Fractures can be caused by an acute injury, such as twisting the foot while running or a kick to the side of the foot, or by stress (overuse) fractures. Surgery may be necessary in a displaced or non-healing fracture but most fractures heal over a twelve week period with immobilisation and rest.

High kinetic energy of a hurdler can cause navicular stress fracture
Navicular Stress Fracture

The navicular bone is in the midfoot towards the top of the arch. The bone may have been subject to excessive stress for a period of time before it fractures. It is common in excessive weight bearing sports such as running, hurdling, dancing or any activity where landing with force is involved.

Windsurfers place force through the midfoot
Lis-franc Injury

This is an injury of the mid foot and can be caused by fractures to the many bones and ligaments in this area of the foot. It often occurs in footballers who fall when the foot is flexed downwards or in activities such as windsurfing where the foot is anchored down. Careful evaluation by a specialist is essential in case surgery is required to realign bones.