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St. Francis Sports Medicine Newsletter  |  January 2009

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Before making your New Year's resolution or cranking up your next training season, check out our tips to keep you injury-free and in top condition.
In addition to general fitness tips, we have injury prevention tips from local physicians about winter sports, basketball, and more!

More often than not, New Years Resolutions involve resolving to be healthier. Whether you're planning to get moving, run your first 5K, or beat your best time, St. Franics Sports Medicine can help. Check out our website to find community sporting events, injury prevention tips, find a doctor, and much more!
All of us at St. Francis Sports Medicine wish you and your family a happy and safe new year!
High Ankle Sprains 

by Kenny Cabe, ATC - Athletic Trainer
St. Francis Sports Medicine
High ankle sprains are different from normal ankle sprains, and can be frustrating because they take longer to heal.
The reason begins with the structure of the ankle. There are several ligaments that provide stability to the ankle. There is one group on the outside of the ankle (lateral), anklea group on the inside of the ankle (medial), and a ligament and band of tissue along the front, between the tibia and fibula, holding them together. 
The most common sprain in the ankle is the lateral ligaments. This is usually due to the ankle inverting, or rolling outward.
This sprain can be immobilized and treated fairly rapidly depending on the amount of damage. The high ankle sprain tends to be more stubborn and nagging.
The high ankle sprain involves the anterior ligament and band that holds the tibia and fibula together. When the athlete bears weight, the bones of the lower leg (tibia and fibula) naturally want to spread apart. The ligaments that are damaged are designed to prevent this from happening. Also, when the athlete pulls his toes or foot up, as in trying to walk or run, it further spreads these two bones.
When theses ligaments are injured, any weight bearing will be painful and decrease healing time. In order to aggressively treat this injury the athlete must be non-weight bearing and keep movement to a minimum. Once sufficient time has elapsed and the ligament has healed enough to withstand stress, the game of catch up begins trying to re-establish range of motion and strength.
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New Treatment for Tendonitis
Dr. Robert Schwartz
Do you suffer from tendonitis or tendon related pain?  If so, you may be interested to know about a new and innovative treatment technique called Ultrasound Guided Percutaneous Tenotomy.  This new technology allows a minimally-invasive outpatient procedure to repair the tendons. Many patients feel relief from their tendon pain within just two days. 
Remember, our Certified Athletic Trainers cover events and provide education to groups in the community. If you have an event you would like for us to cover, or would like one of our ATCs to speak to your group, please give us a call or send an email.
The St. Francis Sports Medicine Team