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Can I sprain my ankle while wearing an ankle brace?
The added support of the ankle brace makes it more difficult to sprain your ankle, but it is still possible. However, the sprain won't be as severe, and if you do experience a sprain, your recovery time will be much shorter than if you weren't wearing a brace. (This answer provided for NATA by the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Education Program.)
What causes hindfoot arthritis?
The ankle joint is subjected to more weight-bearing force per square centimeter than any other joint in the body. Hindfoot arthritis can result from trauma such as fractures, inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or related conditions such as tibialis posterior tendinosis. While trauma and/or abnormal ankle mechanics are the most common causes of degenerative changes, obesity and excessive or repetitive motion may also contribute
What is a Charcot foot?
Charcot (say "shar-ko") foot is a foot deformity that results from nerve damage in the foot or ankle. The nerve damage may cause minor pain and then a loss of sensation that increases the risk of injury to the feet. When the foot is repeatedly injured, the weight-bearing joints start breaking down.
This condition most often results from nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy) caused by type 1 or type 2 diabetes. People whose blood sugar levels have not been controlled well are more likely to develop Charcot foot.
Early signs of Charcot foot include redness, swelling, and increased temperature of the foot. A skin sore or infection may be present. Later, the foot becomes unstable and deformed.
Early detection and treatment of the condition can prevent deformity and loss of function as well as possible amputation.
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