Foot and Ankle Injuries
The feet and ankles play a primary role in the support and mobility of a person’s body. Injuries to the feet or ankles can be debilitating and dramatically affect one’s ability to perform otherwise simple day-to-day tasks. At our podiatry office, we help our patients through the entire rehabilitative process. Our goal is to pinpoint the source of foot and ankle traumas, such as fractures and sprains, and see them through to recovery.
Did You Know...
More than 25 percent of the total bones in your entire body are located in your feet and ankles? There are also 33 joints and more than 100 connective tissues in each foot. These bones, joints and ligaments help facilitate movement, allowing the foot to move and contort as needed.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the signs of a foot or ankle trauma?
Pain and swelling are the most obvious signs of a foot or ankle trauma. Deeper bruises are also signs of further foot and ankle trauma. Depending on the extent of the injury and where it is located, you may still be able to walk or limp, though doing so may worsen the pain. Contact your podiatrist at the earliest of the trauma to better evaluate and initiate a treatment plan.
How will a podiatrist treat a foot or ankle injury?
Treatment for a podiatry injury depends on the type and extent of the injury. The first step is always to rest the injury and apply ice while keeping it elevated until you can see a podiatrist. Some foot and ankle injuries require surgery, whereas others may only require a cast or compression. Rehabilitation may be necessary to which your podiatrist will work together with other health care professionals.
How can I prevent a foot or ankle trauma?
It is impossible to prevent all foot and ankle traumas, but there are preventative measures you can take to avoid an injury. Start by wearing supportive and well-fitting shoes on a daily basis. Talk to your podiatrist before starting a new workout regimen or activity – especially if you have been inactive for a while. An exam can reveal whether your feet are healthy enough for activity.