To diagnose an ankle sprain, your doctor will ask about how the injury occurred and will perform a physical exam to look for tenderness. He or she may seek x-rays to rule out broken bones and may order an MRI for further evaluation.
Richard M. Foster, DPM
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- How is an ankle sprain diagnosed?
How tight should an ankle brace be?
An ankle brace should be tight enough to restrict motion but not so tight that it cuts off circulation. Circulation can be checked by pinching the nail of the big toe and watching to make sure that color returns to the nail.
(This answer provided for NATA by the Washington State University Athletic Training Education Program.)
What is hallux rigidus?
Hallux rigidus is a progressive condition that affects the base of the big toe, making it difficult to bend the toe up or down. This joint, called the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint, is important because we use it to push off and it has to bend with every step. If it starts to stiffen, walking and many other motions can become difficult and painful.
In its earlier stage, when motion is only somewhat limited, the condition is called hallux limitus. But as the problem advances, the toe’s range of motion gradually decreases until it reaches the stage of “rigidus,” or what is sometimes called a “frozen joint.”
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