Foot and Ankle Trauma and Injuries
Has your foot or ankle suffered some kind of trauma? You may be able to avoid the emergency room and come straight to a Surprise, Arizona, podiatrist who focuses on your specific kind of injury. Call Fixing Feet Institute at 623-584-5556 immediately to schedule an appointment.
Our feet and ankles really take a beating; they carry us around all day long! There's a lot going on inside our ankles and feet, so there are many ways that something can go wrong. Did you know that each one of your feet has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, and 19 muscles and tendons? Multiply that by two, and it suddenly becomes very clear why there are so many opportunities for a foot or ankle injury to occur.
Common Foot and Ankle Trauma and Injuries
- Bone injuries
- Joint injuries
- Tendon injuries
- Ligament injuries
- Nerve injuries
- Skin injuries
- Toenail injuries
Some injuries can be treated with conservative care, such as our MLS Laser therapy. Other conditions may require surgery. Pain in feet and ankles is never normal and should be evaluated. Whatever your unique needs, we have the experts to diagnose and treat your issue! Pain in feet and ankles is never normal!
Causes of Foot and Ankle Trauma
The patients we see that are suffering from some kind of foot or ankle injury usually hurt themselves very suddenly. Some common scenarios we see include:
- Athletes who play sports that involve a lot of jumping, running, or quick direction changes.
- Older adults who may have problems with balance or vision and accidentally fall. Our bones are also not as strong as we age, so tripping and falling can cause a lot more damage as years pass.
- Individuals who are involved in a motor vehicle accident.
- People who slip, trip, or fall while doing projects around their houses.
Although most of our patients will normally injure their foot or ankle in one of those situations, we also see many people who are suffering from overuse injuries. These injuries occur when a patient engages in some kind of repetitive motion that eventually wears on her foot or ankle, causing some sort of injury. Athletes—especially runners—also frequently suffer from overuse injuries. A worker who repeats similar motions every day at work may also eventually find himself with some kind of overuse injury.
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Foot and Ankle Injury Prevention Tips
There are many ways to prevent common foot and ankle injuries. Foot and ankle trauma can be harder to prevent as these usually occur by accident. Car accidents, slips and falls, and injuries while playing sports are examples of foot and ankle trauma that we treat at Fixing Feet Institute. You can work towards preventing accidents by wearing the proper protective sports equipment and making sure your home is a safe environment.
Custom Orthotics for Injury Recovery and Prevention
Custom orthotics can be used to prevent foot and ankle injuries. Custom orthotics provide stability and support for your feet. This can help improve your gait resulting in fewer falls. They can also prevent sports injuries by keeping your foot and ankle in the correct position, making them less susceptible to ankle sprains and strains. Orthotics can also prevent overuse injuries and pain in feet and legs by providing putting your feet in the correct biomechanical position.
Wearing the proper shoes can prevent many injuries and trauma. Make sure you wear the best shoes for your activity. If you're going on a hike, wear hiking shoes! Make sure the shoes fit comfortably and do not squeeze or hurt the foot before you begin your activity. If you wear dress shoes for work, custom dress orthotics can help to provide support in otherwise unsupportive shoes.
Check-in With Your Doctors
Older adults can experience vision loss and balance issues. This can increase the chance of slips and falls. Make sure to visit your primary care doctor if you notice an increase you are dealing with vision or balance problems to prevent trauma and injuries. A podiatrist is a doctor for foot pain, who can help partner with your care team to prevent injuries.
Acute and Chronic Pain for Foot and Ankle Injuries
Acute and chronic pain can result after a foot or ankle injury or trauma. Getting treatment for foot or ankle problems quickly, is essential to a full recovery. Our team can treat chronic pain.
Acute Pain Management:
- RICE therapy (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation)
- Pain medication, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Physical therapy and exercises to reduce inflammation and promote healing
- Wearing a brace or cast to immobilize the injured area
- Cortisone injections
Chronic Pain Management:
- Custom orthotics to relieve pressure on the injured area
- Physical therapy and exercises to strengthen the foot and ankle
Common Treatment for Foot and Ankle Trauma and Injuries include:
- Sprains and strains treatment
- Fractures and broken bones treatment
- Dislocations and subluxations treatment
- Ligament and tendon injuries treatment
- Sports injuries and rehabilitation
Surgical Options for Trauma and Injuries
The doctors of Fixing Feet Institute in Arizona are experts at treating foot and ankle trauma and injuries. If the trauma or injury is severe enough, the doctors may recommend surgery. Often, trauma to the foot and ankle, such as crushing injuries or car accidents, requires surgery. The doctors at Fixing Feet Institute will evaluate your foot and ankle, take x-rays and recommend the best foot or ankle pain treatment for the injury.
Contact Your Surprise, AZ Foot Doctor
When your feet or ankles have been injured, you don't want to wait a few days to "walk it off." That method of treatment may very well make your injury even worse; it's always best to consult a foot injury treatment specialist who will be able to complete a thorough exam and recommend proper treatment options.
If you are suffering from foot or ankle trauma, contact the foot injury doctors at Fixing Feet Institute for an appointment. Reach us today by calling 623-584-5556 or click here.