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Why is my ankle black and blue?
If your ankle is black and blue, it is a sign that damage has occurred to the soft tissues (i.e., muscle, tendon, skin, fat) in your ankle. The black and blue appearance of your ankle occurs because tiny blood vessels within the soft tissues (called capillaries) have been torn. When these tiny vessels are damaged, blood is allowed to escape the vessels and leak into the tissue. This black and blue appearance (a.k.a., bruising) can linger for several days, but will usually go away on its own. The bruising may change colors over several days because of chemical processes that are happening in the area. There is no need for concern regarding the changing color of a bruise.
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What is the Ponseti method of treating a child’s clubfoot?
The Ponseti method is a way to treat clubfoot. It has been used for many years.
• It is a mostly non-surgical method for correcting clubfoot.
• It works best if treatment is started in the first few weeks of life.
• It works well when used correctly.
• It takes several months to complete this treatment.
Treatment is divided into two parts or phases
1. Treatment Phase
• Treatment should begin when a baby is less than a week old.
• It involves gentle manipulation (movements) and casting of the affected foot. The cast helps hold the foot in the correct position.
• It is usually done every week for a while.
• Slowly the foot will begin to re-shape to the correct position.
• It usually takes 5 or 6 casts to fully correct the foot.
Your baby may also need minor surgery called a tenotomy when the last cast is put on.
• This is the final step in the correction of the clubfoot.
• It is done as an outpatient.
• Your doctor will talk with you about this as your baby’s treatment progresses.
2. Maintenance and Prevention
• After the last cast is removed, your baby will be put into a brace.
• The brace has shoes mounted on a bar
• The brace helps keep the foot in the correct position.
• The brace is often worn 23 hours a day until your baby is pulling to stand and walking.
• Once your baby is standing and walking, the brace can be worn only at night and naptimes.
• If you do not use the brace as advised by your baby’s doctor:
- The clubfoot deformity will probably return.
- Your child may need more surgery to correct it.
How is os trigonum syndrome treated?
Pain relief from os trigonum syndrome is often achieved through rest, immobilization and anti-inflammatory medicines. In some people, however, surgery may be required to remove the os trigonum, as this extra bone is not necessary for normal foot function.
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