Friday, 25 April 2008

Extensor Retinaculum Injury and Extensor Digitorum Longus tenosynovitis

A male artistic gymnast was seen a few days ago with complaints of pain in the dorsum of the left foot after intensive training involving runs and jumps since 2 weeks earlier. He had difficulty standing on-toes, taking-off from jumps and landing.

After examining his ankle, I found that he had slightly reduced range of plantarflexion in the left ankle due to pain. There was tenderness and mild oedema of the extensor retinaculum and mild tenosynovitis of the Extensor Digitorum Longus tendons. However, resisted extension was pain free.

I did a simple taping to prevent extreme plantarflexion while enabling him to point his toes during his routine(Two figure of 6, and a double medial and lateral ankle locks and closed up the 'holes'). That seemed to do the trick and he should be back doing some training. However, he was told to refrain from sprinting or jumping to his maximal height as it may aggravate the injury. He was advised to undergo physiotherapy to reduce the symptoms and strengthen his lower limb.

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