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Foot & Ankle Injuries Due to
By Dr. Aprajita Nakra – Contributing Editor
As Featured in Attorney At Law Magazine
Foot and ankle injuries due to motor vehicle
accidents (MVAs) present unique challenges
to the astute foot and ankle physician. Even
more challenging than the pathology,
however, is the ability to return to pre-injury
Published medical literature provides strong
evidence for risk of post-traumatic arthritis
after a heel bone (calcaneus) fracture – this
post-MVA condition can manifest as residual
deformity and resulting arthritis, thus
precluding the ability to rapidly return to preaccident levels. Hence it is imperative that an
erudite foot and ankle clinician ascertain the
appropriate treatment and long-term
prognosis of foot and ankle injuries due to
The spectrum of foot and ankle injuries due to
MVAs can be empirically divided into sprains
(soft tissue injuries involving tendons and
ligaments) and fractures. Sprains and fractures
can be further classified into forefoot, midfoot
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