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What Is Os Trigonum Syndrome?

Tuesday, 11 October 2022 00:00

Os trigonum syndrome refers to pain in the back of the ankle bone (the talus), usually the result of overuse or trauma. The os trigonum is an extra bone that is connected to the talus by a band of fibrous tissue. It is congenital (present at birth) and In most cases, the extra bone fuses with the talus, causing no problems. Os trigonum syndrome is generally kicked off by an injury, such as a sprained ankle. It also may be caused by excessive downward pointing of the foot, and is common to dancers and soccer players. In such cases, the os trigonum gets caught between the ankle and heel bones, in a nutcracker-like effect, which induces pain. This can tear the fibrous tissue surrounding it and result in inflammation. Rest, ice and elevation are the first level of treatment, but injections of cortisone and taking anti-inflammatory medication may also be needed. The pain from os trigonum syndrome is often confused with Achilles tendonitis. Please see a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. 

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. Glen Robison from AZ Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Mesa and Globe, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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