Types of Foot and Ankle Injuries

Many children may endure foot and ankle injuries if they are involved in sporting activities. These may include basketball or football, which may involve a sudden change of direction. Gymnasts may have increased chances of having foot or ankle problems, and this may be a result of jumping up and landing on the foot. Many adults may fall due to reduced muscle strength and vision loss, which may result in a broken foot or sprained ankle. If a tendon should become torn in your heel, you may have what is known as an Achilles tendon injury. Heavy objects that fall on your foot may lead to a fractured a bone, or broken toe. If you are experiencing foot pain that is a result of an injury, please consult with a podiatrist who can properly guide you toward proper treatment.

Foot and ankle trauma is common among athletes and the elderly. If you have concerns that you may have experienced trauma to the foot and ankle, consult with Dr. Kennedy Legel from Advanced Foot & Ankle Care Specialists. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Foot and ankle trauma covers a range of injuries all over the foot; common injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Muscle strains
  • Injuries to the tendons and ligaments
  • Stress fractures

Symptoms

Symptoms of foot and ankle injuries vary depending on the injury, but more common ones include:

  • Bruising
  • Inflammation/ Swelling
  • Pain

Diagnosis

To properly diagnose the exact type of injury, podiatrists will conduct a number of different tests. Some of these include sensation and visual tests, X-rays, and MRIs. Medical and family histories will also be taken into account.

Treatment

Once the injury has been diagnosed, the podiatrist can than offer the best treatment options for you. In less severe cases, rest and keeping pressure off the foot may be all that’s necessary. Orthotics, such as a specially made shoes, or immobilization devices, like splints or casts, may be deemed necessary. Finally if the injury is severe enough, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Dallas, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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