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Types of Foot and Ankle Injuries

Monday, 25 June 2018 00:00

The ankle is considered to be one of the more stable joints in the body when compared to the body’s numerous other joints. When we walk, run, or jump, the ankle endures approximately one and a half times the weight of the body, and may become at risk for possible serious injury, while engaging in high-impact activities. Common ankle afflictions may include sprains, strains, Achilles tendon injuries, or fractures, which may all produce a significant amount of pain and discomfort. An acute injury may be experienced while stepping down from a curb before realizing it’s there. This occurs as a result of the ankle moving beyond its normal range of motion, which is typically caused by a severe twisting motion. A condition that is referred to as an ankle strain may develop as a result of repeated overuse of the ankle, and this is common among certain types of athletes. Please consult with a podiatrist for additional information about how foot and ankle injuries can be treated.

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. Ronald Sheppard from Warren-Watchung Podiatry Center. 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:

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  • Inflammation/ Swelling
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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 offices located in Marlboro and Watchung, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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