Foot and ankle trauma refers to any sprain, strain, or fracture that affects the lower extremities. Often, it’s a result of physical activities like playing sports, but it can also occur due to poor posture, overuse, or demanding physical work.
If you or a loved one experiences foot or ankle trauma, it’s important to act quickly. Applying ice or taking over-the-counter pain medication may provide relief. If your symptoms persist or worsen, seek professional help as soon as possible.
The team at DeLoor Podiatry Associates diagnoses and treats several types of foot and ankle trauma, including:
Sprains occur when you overextend a ligament — the thick, fibrous cords that support your joints. Common causes of sprains include rolling your ankle, stepping down awkwardly, or falling. Sprains range in severity; some are mild, others require professional medical intervention.
Strains occur when you overextend a muscle or tendon. Common symptoms include pain, swelling, muscle spasms, or an inability to move the affected limb. Anyone can experience a strain, but they’re especially common in those who fail to stretch before exercising.
Fractures cause a bone to splinter or break. The only way to repair a bone is through immobilization with a cast or splint. Severe fractures may require surgical intervention and immobilization with metal plates or screws.
To diagnose foot and ankle trauma, the team at DeLoor Podiatry Associates physically examines your feet and ankles, asks about your symptoms, and reviews your medical history. If these steps don’t provide enough insight, they order diagnostic imaging like X-rays, an MRI, or a CT scan.
When your provider pinpoints the underlying cause of your discomfort, they develop a custom care plan that aligns with your budget and needs.
Treatment of foot and ankle trauma depends on the underlying cause, the severity of your symptoms, and their effects on your life. Your DeLoor Podiatry Associates provider might recommend:
To receive treatment for foot and ankle trauma, make an appointment at DeLoor Podiatry Associates by calling the nearest office or clicking the online booking tool today.