Common Foot and Ankle Injuries and How to Treat Them
posted: Jan. 19, 2023.
Your podiatrist is a foot and ankle specialist who can treat a wide variety of foot, ankle, and toe conditions. Your ankles, feet, and toes perform important functions helping you move, balance, and stand. When you are having a problem with your feet, ankles, or toes, it can dramatically affect your mobility and your life.
These are some common toe injuries and their treatments:
- Hammertoes–treated with custom orthotics, footwear, or surgery
- Ingrown toenails–treated with thinning or cutting the ingrown part of the toenail or laser therapy
- Fungal toenail–treated with anti-fungal medications or laser therapy
Common foot injuries and conditions and their treatments include:
- Plantar fasciitis–treated with orthotics, corticosteroids, and other anti-inflammatory medication
- Heel pain–treated with inserts, orthotics, wedges, anti-inflammatories, and ESWT
- Bunions–treated with orthotics, corticosteroids, and surgery
Common ankle injuries and their treatments include:
- Lateral ankle instability–treated with orthotics, braces and other assistive devices, and surgery
- Sprained or strained ankles–treated with braces and other assistive devices, anti-inflammatory medications, ice therapy, and rest
Your podiatrist also can treat foot, ankle, and toe injuries resulting from a medical condition. Some of the medical conditions which affect the ankles, feet, and toes include:
Diabetes, which can affect your circulatory, immune, and nervous systems, causing delayed healing, peripheral neuropathy, sensory loss, and blood loss in your extremities.
Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, which can cause joint pain and stiffness, leading to loss of flexibility and mobility.
Treatment with a podiatrist begins with a comprehensive examination of your ankles, feet, and toes. Your visit may include imaging studies of the affected area, and laboratory testing to determine if there is an underlying condition which needs to be treated.
After your podiatrist has diagnosed your foot, ankle, or toe condition, your podiatrist will develop an individualized treatment plan designed to:
- Relieve pain
- Restore flexibility
- Restore mobility
To find out more about common foot and ankle injuries and how your podiatrist can treat them, talk with an expert. Call your podiatrist today.