Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and Ankle Injuries include:

  • Sprains (ligament injuries)
  • Strains (muscle injuries)
  • Contusions
  • Broken Bones
  • Stress Fractures
  • Shin Splints
  • Infections
  • Dislocations
  • as well as many others.

Prevention

  • Be sure to wear comfortable shoes for the specific activity (i.e. walking)
  • In rugged areas, wear boots or hiking shoes
  • Wear safe shoes for jobs that require them
  • Lawnmowers require footwear with hard tops
  • Do not walk barefoot outside, and be aware of wet surfaces
  • Do not attempt to feel your way in the dark, turn on the light to avoid a possible fracture

What can a patient do?

  • Seek treatment immediately for a suspected injury. Waiting could worsen the injury
  • Remember RICE- rest, ice, compression, elevate
  • If there is a bleeding, cut, apply pressure, clean the area, and put a dressing on it. Try to avoid putting medication on it without consulting a doctor
  • Do not open blisters
  • Foreign objects such as splinters or needles must be removed by a doctor
  • Clean an abrasion, apply antibiotic cream, and cover it with sterile dressings

What can a podiatrist do for you?

  • Examine the area
  • Scan the area using the necessary imaging tool
  • Put a cast or splint on the injury
  • If necessary, prescribe medications
  • Perform surgery to correct the injury
  • Suggest physiotherapy
  • Create custom ortheses