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Foot and Ankle Injury

Essential Information on Identifying and Treating Foot and Ankle Issues

Foot and ankle injuries can take various forms, from fractures to sprains to arthritis. One thing that most of these conditions have in common is that they cause significant pain and interfere with daily activities, from walking to working. Fortunately, at miVIP Surgery Centers, we offer various foot and ankle injury treatment options to literally help you get back on your feet.

The expert podiatrists at miVIP can evaluate your injury and determine what means of treatment will be most effective. Foot surgery is one of our specialties, but we may recommend different options depending on the nature and severity of your injury.

Common Causes of Foot and Ankle Injuries

Damage to the muscles, ligaments, joints, nerves, and bones of the foot can occur any time that the foot is pushed past its normal range of motion. Common causes of tears, breaks, and strains include:

  • Twisting or rolling the ankle
  • Stumbling or falling
  • Landing off-balance after a fall or jump
  • Wearing shoes that fit poorly
  • Experiencing a trauma, such as a collision

Running and high-impact sports are common causes of foot and ankle injuries, but these injuries truly can happen to almost anyone.

Warning Signs to Recognize

Usually, it is easy for victims of foot or ankle injuries to tell that something is wrong, but deciding when to actually seek foot and ankle injury treatment may not be as easy. Some signs that an injury most likely requires medical attention are:

  • Bruising or redness
  • Swelling
  • Persistent pain
  • Pain that increases when walking or standing
  • Difficulty walking

Means of Treatment

Depending on the nature of the injury, different foot and ankle injury treatment options that may be appropriate include:

  • Ice and anti-inflammatories.: Sometimes, patients can adequately manage strains and sprains by resting, icing the affected area, and taking medication for the swelling.
  • Splints or braces. Stabilizing the injured area may be sufficient if the injury is mild.
  • Reduction. This ankle or foot surgery involves realigning the bones after a fracture or dislocation to facilitate proper healing.
  • Fusion. Ankle or foot joint fusion can correct bone misalignment arising from arthritis or injury.
  • Debridement. This procedure involves removing tissue that has been damaged by arthritis to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Radiofrequency ablation. This foot surgery uses radio waves to stop the transmission of pain signals from targeted nerves, relieving pain caused by nerve-related problems like plantar fasciitis.

The experienced podiatrists at miVIP Surgery Centers can determine the cause of your injury and then advise you on various treatment options, including our minimally invasive ankle and foot surgery procedures.

Prognosis of Foot and Ankle Injuries

Putting off foot and ankle injury treatment can often lead to more severe problems later. The stress of walking and other everyday activities can increase strain on the injured tissue, and you may develop other injuries if you alter your gait or otherwise overcompensate for the original injury.

A Podiatrist Can Help

If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain that interferes with your everyday life, a visit to miVIP Surgery Centers can make all the difference in getting you back on your feet free of pain. Give us a call today at 877-956-2263 to learn more about foot surgery or other types of foot and ankle injury treatment that we provide.

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