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What is the importance of the mortise?

Articulation between tibia, fibula, and the talus.

Distance should be equal all the way around, otherwise indicates talar shift


What is Zadek's procedure?

Toenail ablation (for ingrowing toenail)


Describe metatarsalgia.

Pain across metatarsal heads due to collapse of transverse arch/congenital long 2nd and 3rd metatarsals ---> load goes through 2nd and 3rd toes (should go through 1st and 5th only) ---> pain

- orthortics
- physio
- break, shorten, and fix metatarsals
- lengthen gastrocnemius


What is the Mx of midfoot arthritis?

Steroid + local anaesthetic (X-ray guided)

Fusion: remove remaining cartilage and nail across joint (prevents movement, therefore prevents pain)

MRI to confirm


What is plantar fascitis?

Inflamed plantar fascia.

Usually self-resolves in 2-3yrs

Can use lithotripsy (shockwave) treatment


What is hallux valgus?

Bunion = lateral deviation of great toe causing valgus deformity of 1st MTP joint

- great toe overlaps second toe
- lat. subluxation of 1st MTP joint ---> prominence of metatarsal head (bunion) ---> fluid-filled bursa develops (painful)

Mx: exostectomy/K wires if painful


Contrast the different type of toe deformities.

Claw toe = abnormal position of all three joints in toe
- extension contracture with dorsal subluxation of MTP and flexion deformities of PIP and DIP joints

Hammer toe = extension of MTP and DIP joints and hyperflexion of the PIP joint

Mallet toe = flexion of DIP joint


What is cavovarus?

High arched foot

Elevated longitudinal arch caused by fixed plantarflexion e.g. weak tibialis ant.


What is the Coleman block test?

Eliminate contribution of the first ray and evaluate flexibility of hindfoot


Contrast the different abnormal gaits caused by foot pathology.

Heel-walking = asses ant. compartment power and innervation (dorsiflexion)

Tip-toeing = assess plantarflexors power and innervation




How should the Achilles tendon move when standing on tiptoe?

Should move inwards

- subtalar arthritis (fixed hindfoot)
- tibialis pos. problem ---> weak or dysfunctional


What is the Silfverskiold test?

Passively dorsiflex ankle with knee flexed and extended

Improved ankle dorsiflexion when knee flexed indicates gastrocnemius tightness (can feel metatarsals plantarflexing when knee is extended)

Equivalent ankle dorsiflexion when knee flexed or extended indicates Achilles tendon tightness