Foot and heel injuries can occur from participating in sports where there is a danger of impact to the foot or ankle and can also arise from abnormal stress on the feet. Common injuries include:
Many injuries can be prevented or minimized when the athletes follow the advice of the podiatrist. Making sure to wear the appropriate footwear and stretching the ankle and foot can also help to prevent some injuries.
If you experience any of the following conditions or signs you should seek further medical treatment from the doctor.
If you have taken care of the foot using the RICE process of rest, ice, compression, and elevation and are still unable to walk after 72 hours or the pain is not subsiding, you should visit the doctor’s office. Additionally, if weakness persists for more than two weeks it is also recommended that you come into the office.
The doctor will begin with an assessment of the situation to determine what part of the foot or ankle is affected. Usually the doctor will order x-rays and may perform a CT scan or MRI. Depending on the injury there are non-surgical options available which include:
Physical therapy and the use of splints or padding can also help with certain injuries such as sprain or bunions. Some conditions such as fractures or especially severe plantar fasciitis may require surgery. These conditions, as well as others, will require orthopedic surgery and usually physical therapy will be required during healing.
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