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Foot and Ankle Trauma

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What is foot and ankle trauma?

Foot and ankle trauma is a blanket term that refers to injuries that occur during sports, exercise, or other types of physical activity.
Sometimes, foot and ankle trauma occurs due to an accident or inadequate preparation. In other cases, it occurs due to improper gear or as a result of walking or running on an uneven surface.
Foot and ankle trauma affects people of all ages and backgrounds, but it’s especially common in younger individuals aged 15-24. The two most common types of foot and ankle trauma are sprains and fractures involving the ligaments and bones in the ankle.

Are there different types of foot and ankle trauma?

The Board Certified/Qualified providers at Elite Podiatry treat several types of foot and ankle trauma, including:

Sprains
A sprain occurs when you extend or overstretch the ligaments that surround your ankle beyond their normal range of motion. In some cases, this causes hundreds of microscopic tears to form, but it can also cause a ligament to tear or rupture. Common symptoms of ankle sprains include pain, swelling, and an inability to place weight on your affected ankle.

Strains
A strain is a medical term used to describe damage to the muscles or tendons in your feet or ankles. Strains, like sprains, occur if you overstretch or extend these soft tissues beyond their normal range of motion. Common symptoms of strains include pain, swelling, and general discomfort.

Fractures
A fracture is another word to describe a broken bone. Each of your feet contains 26 bones and 33 joints, and it’s possible to fracture any of these structures.
The Board Certified/Qualified doctors at Elite Podiatry offer the latest techniques to fix fractures as efficiently as possible. This attention to detail and commitment to patient comfort, ensures you return to your favorite activities quickly.

What should I do if I experience foot and ankle trauma?

If you experience foot and ankle trauma, it’s important to stay calm and act quickly. If your injury occurs during the day, call the team at Elite Podiatry right away. They’ll work to get you in for an appointment as soon as possible.

If your injury occurs outside of normal business hours, visit your nearest emergency room or call 911.

To learn more about treatment for foot and ankle trauma, request an appointment at Elite Podiatry today by calling the office nearest you or by clicking the online booking tool.

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