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Systematic Approach Makes Evaluating Ankle Injuries Easier

December 21, 2009
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Ankle pain is one of the most common problems emergency doctors deal with. Using a simple methodical approach based on key anatomic landmarks can help doctors identify low-energy ankle injuries faster. In a study published in Emergency Radiology, researchers from Ohio State University Medical Center pinpointed 11 ankle joint sites especially vulnerable to fractures and/or osteochondrial injuries. The initial diagnosis is based on standard plain film evaluation (anteroposterior, lateral, and mortise), with additional views done when needed.

Experts find the suggested template approach helpful. “Existing fracture classifications for ankle trauma can be cumbersome,” says Rahul Pawar, MD, in an online review. “In my opinion, there is no better approach then to use anatomic landmarks as a guide to identify subtle findings.”


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