Foot and ankle injuries are an unfortunate fact of life for many people. Broken toes, broken feet, sprains, contusions, dislocations, and other serious injuries can occur.. If an injury is sustained, it is important to seek attention immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the signs and symptoms of a broken foot or ankle?
Signs and symptoms of a broken foot or ankle include severe pain and swelling, inability to bear weight, deformity or misalignment, bruising and discoloration, and painful range of motion.
How are foot and ankle injuries diagnosed?
Foot and ankle injuries are diagnosed through a physical examination, medical history review, X-rays and imaging tests, MRI or CT scans, ultrasound examination.
What treatment options are available for foot and ankle injuries?
Treatment options for foot and ankle injuries include rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) can be started at home. Faster and more effective healing can be achieved with platelet therapy (PRP). Treatment may also include immobilization with casts or braces, physical therapy and rehabilitation, medications for pain and inflammation, and surgical interventions if necessary.
How long does it take to recover from a foot or ankle injury?
The recovery time for foot and ankle injuries varies depending on the type and severity of the injury. It may take weeks to months for complete recovery.
When should I see a foot and ankle specialist?
You should see a foot and ankle specialist if you experience persistent pain and swelling, inability to walk or bear weight on the foot or ankle, visible deformity or misalignment, recurring or worsening symptoms. For non-emergent injuries, if symptoms persist for more than 3 days, it is time to see a specialist.