The Difference Between A Sprain And A Broken Foot

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Many people do not stop to think how important their feet are in everyday life. Feet are the foundation on which your body stands and is the base of your support. When you are walking, running, or standing no one is thinking about how complex all of the 26 bones and 33 joints of the foot are or what would happen if you broke your foot. Most bones break suddenly as a result of an accident such as a fall, a direct hit, or having it crushed. More often than not when someone breaks their foot the pain is so intense that you are unable to walk. On the other hand sprains can also cause severe pain and swelling. Most times it is impossible to distinguish the difference between a sprain and a broken bone just by looking at it. The use of x-ray …show more content…
The patient remained in the supine position for the oblique projections of the ankle. His foot was placed into a 45 degree angle and we ensured that it remained in the center and aligned with the long axis of the image cassette. The patient was asked to keep his toes pointed up while maintaining the rotation without hurting himself. The central ray was placed perpendicular toward the midpoint of the malleolus for both projections; one rotated internally and the other with an external rotation. In the radiographs you could see the tibia, fibula, talus, medial and lateral malleolus, and calcaneus. The tibiofibular joint and tibiotalar joint were seen open and the trabecular patterns were well demonstrated.
The last image we had to take for the ankle was a mediolateral projection. The patients leg was rolled into a 90 degree rotation and the central ray was positioned to the base of the third metatarsal. The radiograph showed the distal portion of the tibia and fibula along with the calcaneus, talus, navicular, cuboid and tuberosity of the fifth metatarsal. The fibula was superimposed on the posterior half of the tibia and tibiotalar joint was well
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The angulation was removed off of the tube and the central ray was directed to the base of the third metatarsal. The entire foot was visualized to include all of the phalanges and metatarsals also the lateral cuneiform, cuboid, navicular, talus and calcaneus were seen. The base of the second to fifth metatarsals were superimposed with the tarsals and proximal metatarsal shafts were free of any superimpositions. Then the foot was rotated 30 degrees laterally and the central ray was kept in the same position. In the lateral radiograph the navicular was well pictured along with the space between the first and second metatarsals and

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