The ankle and feet are some of the most complex structures in the body. Comprised of 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments holding together and supporting 33 joints and 26 bones, the opportunity for trauma to this area of the body is high. Injury to these areas can result in painful inflammation that can make it difficult or impossible for you to use the injured foot. These injuries are among the most common in the United States, with over 1 million cases being reported every year. While those who perform active recreational activities are the most common patients, even regular activities at home or work can result in ankle or foot trauma.
What Causes Trauma To The Foot Or Ankle?
Sudden stress on the ankle or foot, such as what occurs during a rapid pulling or twisting, is the most common culprit. Tears, stretches, and strains of the ligament can all result when this stress occurs as part of a fall or other trauma that happens to the foot. Breaks and fractures are less common, but can also be the result of this kind of incident, or can occur from sudden or harsh impacts on the ankle or foot. In other cases, the culprit is repetitive stress injuries or frailty caused by age, both of which can increase the risk to the patient’s foot or ankle health.
How Are These Conditions Diagnosed?
Your diagnosis will start with a medical history being taken, including information about your preferred activities, when the symptoms started, and how the injury occurred. During your exam, Dr. Steber will determine the extent and severity of the damage and how much it affects your overall mobility and range of motion. In the event, the exam reveals the possibility of a fracture, an MRI scan, X-Ray, or CT Scan will be ordered to help further diagnose the injury.
How Will My Foot Or Ankle Trauma Be Treated?
The first step in any treatment of an injury of this type is known as the RICE technique. This means Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. These four practices will be the foundation of your healing process, and in some cases, you will also be given a brace to support the ankle. If you have experienced a fracture or break, you can expect to be in a walking boot or cast for several weeks while the injury heals. Physical therapy is often suggested to help the patient strengthen the tendons and muscles in the affected area.
If you’ve experienced an injury to your ankle or foot, or have had an incident occur that makes you concerned you might have compromised them, call our offices for an appointment. When you dial 570-657-6851, you’ll be greeted by our team of helpful staff who will schedule you an appointment and let you know what your first steps will be. You can print and fill out your first visit documents ahead of time and bring them to 265 Pine Cove Ct in Lehighton, PA, on the date of your appointment. Foot and Ankle trauma can become serious if left untreated and can have lasting consequences if it heals improperly. Protect your feet by calling today!