To treat fractures or breaks in long bones, an intramedullary titanium nail is used for stabilization. This metal rod is inserted into the marrow cavity of the bone in order to hold it in place and promote healing. As a temporary solution, the titanium nail can also be utilized while more permanent procedures, like a bone graft, are being actioned.
Following the installment of an intramedullary titanium nail, a variety of abnormal gaits may emerge. A limp is the most widely observed aberration in aesthetics and motion, where the person walks in an uneven manner, with one leg swinging out farther than usual or if more pressure is being applied to one side. Limping can arise because of torment, feebleness, or stiffness in that particular leg. The intramedullary titanium nail may also abrade or irk adjacent tissues causing such a gait abnormality.
There is a peculiar manner of walking termed a Trendelenburg gait. It is highly distinctive in that when walking, one’s pelvis leans unevenly in one direction. This problematic tendency can be caused by weakened muscles keeping the pelvis in place, or by an impairment of the environment because of an intramedullary titanium nail irritating the adjacent tissues.
An abnormal gait often described as a ‘steppage’ is characterized by an excessively lifted foot on each step. This can be due to lack of strength in the muscles which usually lift the foot, or if an intramedullary titanium nail is causing discomfort in the surrounding tissue.
If you experience any changes in your walk, then it is important that you visit your doctor right away. They can take a look at your implant to determine if the intramedullary titanium nail is the culprit of the abnormalities. In the event that it is, your physician can provide a concrete treatment solution. Otherwise, they can continue to investigate and work together to discover exactly what needs to be taken care of.