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A clinical review, published in the February edition of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, has outlined subtleties that complicate identification and treatment of 6 common foot and ankle injuries - Snowboarder's fracture (lateral talar process fractures) as well as Os Trigonum injuries, Lisfranc injuries, Turf Toe, Navicular Stress Fractures and Syndesmotic injuries. "These types of trauma are a clinically significant source of morbidity and long-term disability among patients, not just those who are elite athletes. In many cases, the clinical symptoms are vague and tough to detect with standard imaging," said lead author Jessica Reissig, DO, of the Department of Orthopedics at Plainview Hospital in New York. "As an osteopathic physician, I view treatment of foot and ankle injuries as acute and preventative care because a mismanaged injury leads to so many future problems for patients."

Dr. Reissig noted that untreated snowboarder's fractures, Lisfranc injuries and turf toe have a high correlation to future arthritis, as well as the potential for severe pain and disability years after the injury. Improper treatment of other foot and ankle traumas can result in compensation injuries and other issues including tendinitis and recurrent ankle sprains.

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