5 Anatomy Joints – Foot & ankle Tibiotalar (ankle joint) Subtalar Allows plantar and dorsiflexionSubtalarJoint between talus and calcaneusAllows inversion and eversionMidfoot – where tarsals meet metatarsalsMetatarsal Phalengeal (MP)Allows toe flexion and extensionInterphalengeal (PIP & DIP)Allows flexion and extension of toe segments
6 Anatomy – Soft Tissues Menisci of the knee Lateral Meniscus – Joint cartilage that deepens the knee joint.Medial Meniscus – Joint cartilage that deepens the knee joint . Has a deep attachment to the MCL.Outer 1/3 has a blood supply, rest is avascular.
7 Anatomy – Soft Tissues Ligaments of Knee Medial Collateral (MCL) Resists valgus forcesLateral Collateral (LCL)Resists varus forcesAnterior Cruciate (ACL)Resists anterior translation of the tibiaPosterior Cruciate (PCL)Resists posterior translation of the tibia
8 Anatomy – Soft Tissues Major Tendons Patellar Tendon – attaches the quadricep muscles to the tibiaAchilles Tendon – attaches the calf muscles to the calcaneus
9 Anatomy – Soft Tissues Ankle Ligaments Anterior Tibiofibular – resists forced dorsiflexion and rotation of the talusAnterior Talofibular – resists plantarflexion and inversion forcesDeltoid – resists eversion forces
10 Anatomy – Muscles Muscle Location Function Quadriceps Femoris Rectus FemorisVastus MedialisVastus LateralisVastus IntermediusAnterior ThighExtends the kneeHamstringsSemimembranosusSemitendinosusBiceps FemorisPosterior ThighFlexes the kneeTibialis AnteriorAnterior lower legDorsiflexion of ankleGastrocnemiusPosterior lower legPlantar flexion of ankle; assists in knee flexionSoleusDeep to the gastrocnemiusPlantar flexion of the ankleTibialis PosteriorPosteromedial lower legInversion of the foot/anklePeroneus LongusLateral lower legEversion of the foot/anklePeroneus Brevis
13 Prevention Strategies Common InjuriesThigh ContusionMechanism of InjurySigns and SymptomsTreatmentPrevention StrategiesSevere impact to the thigh musculaturePain, loss of function, swelling, decreased ROMIce, compression with knee flexed. MUST be managed appropriately to avoid complications.Protective equipment
14 Prevention Strategies Common InjuriesMuscle Strains – Quadricep/HamstringMechanism of InjurySigns and SymptomsTreatmentPrevention StrategiesSudden stretch or sudden contractionPain, spasm, loss of function, swelling, possible deformity.RICE, flexibility and strengthening exercises.Proper warm-up, stretching and strengthening.
15 Prevention Strategies Common InjuriesMCL SprainMechanism of InjurySigns and SymptomsTreatmentPrevention StrategiesValgus force or tibial external rotationPain medial knee, mild swelling, joint stiffness, possible joint instability.RICE, ROM and strengthening exercises, restrict activity until asymptomatic.Lower extremity strengthening and conditioning.
16 Prevention Strategies Common InjuriesLCL SprainMechanism of InjurySigns and SymptomsTreatmentPrevention StrategiesVarus force or tibial internal rotation.Pain lateral knee, mild swelling, possible joint laxity.RICE, ROM and strengthening exercises, restrict activity until asymptomatic.Lower extremity strengthening and conditioning.
17 Prevention Strategies Common InjuriesACL SprainMechanism of InjurySigns and SymptomsTreatmentPrevention StrategiesNoncontact:- deceleration- foot planted- rotation- valgus stressContact:hyperextension w/foot plantedHears or feels a “pop”, rapid swelling, joint instability.RICE, restore ROM and strength, surgery required to reconstruct the ligament.Lower extremity strengthening and conditioning.ACL Injury Video
18 Prevention Strategies Common InjuriesPCL SprainMechanism of InjurySigns and SymptomsTreatmentPrevention Strategies-Falling on bent knee- direct force to front of knee- rotational forcesHears or feels a “pop”, minimal swelling, posterior tibial sag.RICE, restore ROM and strength. Surgery is controversial.Lower extremity strengthening and conditioning.
19 Common Injuries Medial Meniscus Injury and Surgery Video Link Meniscus TearMechanism of InjurySigns and SymptomsTreatmentPrevention StrategiesWeight bearing with rotational force.Swelling, joint line pain, loss of motion, locking or giving way.RICEAvascular area:Surgically trimmed and smoothed.Vascular area:Surgically repaired.Lower extremity strengthening and conditioning.
20 Prevention Strategies Common InjuriesPatellar Subluxation/DislocationMechanism of InjurySigns and SymptomsTreatmentPrevention StrategiesCombination of foot planted, deceleration, and change of direction.Obvious deformity, pain, swelling, limited ROM.RICE and immobilization initially, then ROM and strengthening exercises. McConnell taping or bracing.Lower extremity strengthening and conditioning.
21 Prevention Strategies Common InjuriesPatellar Tendinitis – “Jumper’s Knee”Mechanism of InjurySigns and SymptomsTreatmentPrevention StrategiesRepetitive decelerationVague pain and tenderness of patellar tendon that worsens with running/jumping activities.Rest, ice, NSAID medications, patellar strap, friction massage, and lower extremity strengthening.Progressive increase in frequency/intensity of training. Lower extremity strengthening and conditioning.
22 Prevention Strategies Common InjuriesPatellofemoral SyndromeMechanism of InjurySigns and SymptomsTreatmentPrevention Strategies-Tight hamstring and calf muscles-Increased Q-angle-Weak quadriceps muscles-Poor foot mechanicsTenderness of one or more patellar edge, dull ache, crepitus, pain with compression, positive Apprehension test.NSAIDs, quadricep strengthening, sleeve with buttress and/or McConnell taping, orthotic foot insert.Lower extremity strengthening and conditioning.
23 Prevention Strategies Common InjuriesMedial Tibial Stress Syndrome – “Shin Splints”Mechanism of InjurySigns and SymptomsTreatmentPrevention StrategiesRepetitive running activities.Diffuse pain in distal medial tibia, increasing with activity.Correct faulty foot mechanics with footwear, or orthotic foot insert, calf stretchingAppropriate footwear for activity, lower leg flexibility and strengthening, orthotic foot inserts.
24 Prevention Strategies Common InjuriesAnkle Sprains – Lateral/MedialMechanism of InjurySigns and SymptomsTreatmentPrevention StrategiesInversion: forced inversion and plantar flexion “rolling”Eversion: forced eversion of ankle – high risk for fracture.Syndesmosis (high): forced inversion with rotation of the talus.Pain, swelling, decreased ROM, possible joint laxity.RICE, symptomatic modalities, taping and/or bracing.Appropriate footwear for activity, lower leg strengthening, proprioceptive training, taping and/or bracing of joint.
26 Prevention Strategies Common InjuriesPlantar FasciitisMechanism of InjurySigns and SymptomsTreatmentPrevention StrategiesTight calf muscles, poor arch support, possible leg length discrepancy, over striding while running.Medial heel pain, particularly in the morning; pain with forced dorsiflexion of the toes.Calf stretching, plantar fascial stretching, heel cup, orthotic foot inserts.Calf flexibility, correction of faulty foot mechanics.
27 Prevention Strategies Common Injuries“Turf Toe”Mechanism of InjurySigns and SymptomsTreatmentPrevention StrategiesHyperextension sprain of the great toe. MP joint. Can be related to either trauma or overuse.Pain at MP joint of great toe, increasing with extension of the joint.Steel toe insoles or taping, symptomatic modalities.Appropriate footwear, correction of faulty foot mechanics.