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Ankle Fractures

Let us consider a very common scenario of a patient who walks into your office after twisting his ankle stepping off a curb. After obtaining X-rays, you determine the patient needs open reduction with internal fixation in order to stabilize the…

By Sara Mateen, DPM, Katrin Heineman, DPM and Andrew J. Meyr, DPM

In this column, we will attempt to broadly, but specifically and critically, evaluate the medical literature with respect to the treatment of diabetic ankle fractures and answer a seemingly simple clinical question: “Do ankle fractures in…

By Christopher J. Kennedy, DPM, AACFAS and Ali Rahnama, DPM, AACFAS

Successful management of traumatic ankle fractures in the increasingly prevalent diabetic population is tenuous.1 The surgical demands one encounters with typical fracture repairs are compounded by the dynamic needs of this widely varied…

By Mark Prissel, DPM, FACFAS

This author presents a guide to the surgical treatment of an 83-year-old woman, who suffered a fibular fracture, a presentation complicated by comorbidities and social circumstances.

An 83-year-old female presented in the outpatient…

H. John Visser, DPM, FACFAS, Jesse Wolfe, DPM, Tyler McKee, DPM, and Emily Keeter, DPM

Using the example of a bimalleolar ankle fracture in a 61-year-old woman with diabetes, these authors say suprasyndesmotic fixation can be beneficial for patients when instability and non-adherence are potential issues.

Type 2 diabetes…

Mark H. Hofbauer, DPM, FACFAS, and Ted C. Lai, DPM, AACFAS

Vivek Patel, DPM, and Lawrence Fallat, DPM, FACFAS

By Alan R. Catanzariti, DPM, Robert W. Mendicino, DPM, and Travis L. Sautter, DPM

Ankle fractures in patients with diabetes and documented neuropathy present a significant challenge to the clinician. The majority of literature has indicated that ankle fractures in this particular patient population are often difficult to…

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