Exam 2: Lower Extremity Handout Part 2

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  1. What is the clinical importance of the plantaris muscle?
    possibility of its rupture
  2. What would cause the plantaris muscle to rupture?
    • Violent ankle movements
    • sudden dorsiflexion of ankle joint 
  3. In most cases of apparent rupture of the plantaris tendon, muscle fibers of which other muscle are also torn?
    triceps surae
  4. Injury to the plantaris muscle is common in which athletes?
    • basketbal
    • sprinters
    • ballet dancers 
  5. How painful is the rupture of the plantaris tendon?
    so severe that person is unable to bear weight on the foot
  6. The long tendon of the plantaris muscle is common used in:
    reconstructive surgery of the tendons f the hand
  7. What is the affect of removing the plantaris tendon completely?
    no disability of knee or ankle movements
  8. What is the role of the plantaris muscle?
    minor role in acting with the gastrocnemius
  9. How is the tibial nerve protected?
    because it is deep
  10. Is the tibial nerve commonly injured?
  11. What may damage the tibial nerve?
    lacerations in popliteal fossa and posterior dislocations of knee joint
  12. What happens when the tibial nerve is damaged?
    paralysis of all muscles in posterior compartment of leg and intrinsic muscles in sole of foot
  13. What happens when plantar flexors of foot are paralyzed from tibial nerve damage?
    patient unable to curl toes or stand on them
  14. What sensations are lost with damage to the tibial nerve?
    sensation in sole of foot
  15. Loss of sensation in the sole of the foot makes it vulnerable to the development of:
    pressure sores
  16. Absence of the posterior tibial artery with compensatory enlargement of which artery occurs in about 5% of people?
    peroneal arter
  17. Where can the pulse of the posterior tibial artery be palpated?
    halfway between posterior surface of medial malleolus and medial border of tendo calcaneus
  18. Intermittent claudication:
    condition caused by ischemia of leg muscles owing to arteriosclerotic stenosis of leg arteries
  19. What characterizes intermittent claudication?
    leg cramps that develop during walking and disappear soon after rest
  20. What is palpatation of dorsalis pedis pulse essential for?
    in suspected cases of intermittent claudication
  21. Where can the dorsalis pedis pulse be felt?
    • on dorsum of foot, where artery passes over navicula and cuneiform bones just lateral to extensor hallucis longus tendon
    • distal to this at proximal end of first interosseous space 
  22. what does a diminished or absent dorsalis pedis pulse suggest?
    arterial insufficiency
  23. Does failure to detect a dorsalis pedis pulse always indicate the presence of arteriosclerotic disease?
  24. Fractures of femora neck close to femoral head often disrupt what?
    blood supply to the head of femur
  25. In some cases of a fractured femoral neck, what supplies the proximal fragment of the femoral head?
    the artery in the ligament of the head
  26. If the ligament of the head of the femur is ruptured what happens to the blood supply to the proximal fragment of the femoral head?
    fragment of bone may receive no blood and undergo aseptic necrosis
  27. What is aseptic necrosis?
    death in absence of infection
  28. What do the femoral, sciatic and obturator nerves supply?
    knee and hip joint
  29. Since the knee receives innervation from the same nerves as the hip, what might hip disease cause?
    referred pain to the knee
  30. Why might the sciatic nerve be injured during posterior dislocations or fracture-dislocations of the hip joint?
    because of the close relationship of the sciatic nerve to the hip joint
  31. If the sciatic nerve is injured from a hip injury, what might result?
    • paralysis of hamstring muscles and those muscles distal to knee supplied by branches of sciatic nerve
    • sensory changes in skin over posterior and lateral aspects of leg and over much of foot 
  32. How is the knee jerk reflex tested?
    with leg flexed, patellar ligament struck
  33. What is the normal response of knee jerk?
    extension of leg
  34. What would block the knee jerk reflex?
    • damage to femoral nerve
    • damage to reflex centers in spinal cord (L2-4) 
  35. What does the femoral nerve supply?
    quadriceps muscles
  36. What do the tibial and fibular collateral ligaments prevent?
    disruption of sides of knee joint
  37. When are the tibial and fibular collateral ligaments tightly stretched?
    when leg is extended
  38. When leg is extended and the tibial and fibular collateral ligaments are stretched, what are they preventing?
    rotation of tibia laterally or femur medially
  39. When collateral ligaments are slack during flexion of leg, they permit what?
    some rotation of tibia on femur
  40. Which collateral ligament is least likely to be torn?
    fibular collateral ligament
  41. What could cause the fibular collateral ligament to tear?
    severe blows to medial side of knee that force it laterally
  42. Do lesions (sprains/tears) of the fibular collateral ligament have serious consequences?
  43. Which part of the fibular collateral ligament usually tears?
    distal end
  44. What could happen to the head of the fibula when the distal end of the fibular collateral ligament tears?
    head of fibula pulled off because ligament is stronger than bone
  45. Complete tears offibular collateral ligament are often associated with stretching of which nerve?
    common peroneal nerve
  46. What happens if the common peroneal nerve is stretched?
    • affects mm of anterior and lateral compartments of leg
    • produce foot drop from paralysis of dorsiflexor and eversion of mm of the foot 
  47. The medial meniscus is firmly attached to what?
    tibial collateral ligament
  48. Injury to the tibial collateal ligament frequently results in concomitant injury to:
    medial meniscus
  49. Rupture of tibial collateral ligament, associated with tearng of medial meniscus and ACL is common type of injury in which sport?
  50. What causes an injury to the unhappy triad?
    blow to lateral side of knee
  51. What are the 3 C's that might be damaged in knee injuries? 
    • collateral ligaments
    • cruciate ligaments
    • cartilages (menisci)  
  52. Sprains of tibial collatera ligament result in:
    tenderness over femoral or tibial attachments of this ligament, owing to tearing of these parts 
  53. Prepatellar bursitis:
    friction bursitis caused by friction between skin and patella
  54. If the inflammation from prepatellar bursitis is chronic what happens to the bursa?
    becomes distended with fluid and forms soft, fluctuant swelling anterior to knee --commonly called "housemaid's knee"
  55. What could cause the relatively weak ACL to be torn?
    • when tibial collateral ligament ruptures after knee is hit hard from lateral side while foot is fixed in the ground
    • tibia is driven anteriorly on femur
    • femur driven posterioly on tibia
    • knee joint is severely hyperextended   
  56. When the knee is hit hard from the lateral side while the foot is fixed, what is the first thing to happen?
    tibial collateral ligament ruptures
  57. When the tibial collateral ligament ruptures from a hard hit to the lateral side of the knee what does this do?
    opens joint on medial side, may tear medial meniscus and ACL
  58. What happens with an ACL tear?
    knee jont becomes very unstable
  59. How do you test the stability of the ACL?
    • tibia is pulled in an anterior direction
    • if anterior movement occurs, this indicates torn ACL 
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Exam 2: Lower Extremity Handout Part 2
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