Foot and Ankle Sports Injuries Treatment Questions and Answers
Minor foot and ankle injuries can be treated at home, but more serious injuries need medical attention. Talk to our team of leading healthcare professionals at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists today about foot and ankle injuries and treatments available. Call us today or visit us online to book an appointment. We have 4 convenient locations in Elgin IL, Schaumburg IL, Huntley IL, and Chicago IL.
What are the common injuries that occur in the foot & ankle?
Our feet and ankles are one of the most overused parts of our bodies, so it is understandable that there are many common injuries that occur in this limb. Some of the common injuries include sprains, fractures, dislocations, heel spurs, Achilles tendinitis, bunions and plantar fasciitis. The foot houses 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 tendons, ligaments and muscles. All of these work together for the foot to function properly and any misalignment or flaw in the system can cause an injury. Ankle sprains, fractures and dislocations happen as the result of an external force causing damage to the joint by it extending outside of its typical range of motion. Plantar fasciitis, heel spurs and bunions all occur in the foot and can cause pain in the foot when trying to walk or put weight on it. Heel spurs themselves aren’t too painful but they can cause pain through the heel and arch by irritating the plantar fascia. Achilles tendinitis is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon at the back of the ankle that can become thick, swollen and painful if pushed too hard through an exercise program that it wasn’t ready for. All of these injuries are treatable with proper medical attention and the sufferer should be able to return to their normal daily activities, and their regular fitness activities, after an adequate period of healing and physical therapy, if needed.
How do you know if ankle injury is serious?
With an ankle injury it can be hard to tell if you have a sprain or a fracture as the symptoms are very similar. It is important to get an ankle injury checked by a doctor as soon as possible to ensure that the injury isn’t serious, or in the case that it is a serious injury, it is accurately diagnosed and treated to allow the injury to heal properly. Symptoms of both ankle sprains and fractures can include pain that is often sudden and severe, swelling of the joint, bruising of the ankle and surrounding area and an inability to walk easily or put weight on the injured ankle. The doctor performing the exam on your injured ankle will ask you a series of questions about how you sustained the injury, as well as perform a physical exam on the limb to evaluate the pain and swelling to help with the diagnosis. An x-ray may also be ordered to confirm the doctor’s diagnosis as well as to understand the extent of the injury to surrounding tissues.
How do I know if my foot injury is serious?
Mild foot injuries can typically be treated at home with rest and ice, with symptoms clearing up after a few days. However, some foot injuries will require medical attention for proper treatment to ensure the foot heals the way it should to avoid long-term issues. Depending on the injury, you can either schedule a visit with your regular doctor or seek immediate medical attention. For mild injuries that you have been treating at home, book an appointment with your family doctor to have a look at your foot if you have swelling that hasn’t improved after a few days, have pain that hasn’t improved after several weeks or if you are experiencing burning pain, tingling or numbness on the bottom of your foot. If you have severe swelling or pain, an open wound or a wound oozing pus, signs of infection, can’t walk or put weight on the foot, or have diabetes and a wound that isn’t healing or is showing signs of an infection, you must seek immediate medical attention.
What are the benefits of seeing a Foot and Ankle Specialist?
A foot and ankle specialist has received focused training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and medical conditions directly related to the foot and ankle. With their extensive knowledge and training in every aspect of foot health, they will be able to provide a comprehensive treatment plan to alleviate your foot issues to get you back to normal.