You put a lot of physical stress on your feet and ankles with every step you take, putting them at risk of trauma or injury. Lee K. Gold, DPM, and Ignazio D. Perna, DPM, in Brighton, Livonia, Sterling Heights, Trenton, Taylor, and Troy, Michigan, offer customized treatments for trauma to heal your feet and ankles and restore your mobility and quality of life.
The most common foot and ankle traumas are fractures, sprains, and strains. Your feet and ankles bear the full weight of your body, compounded with the force of every step you take. This makes them vulnerable to a wide range of injuries.
Similarly, if you participate in a sport that requires excessive running, jumping, or sudden changes of direction, you increase your risk of traumatic injuries to your feet and ankles.
If you’ve sustained an injury, you may experience pain and swelling. You may also develop blisters or bruising at the injury site. Your injured foot or ankle will look different than your other foot or ankle either from swelling or visible deformities. The pain and swelling may interfere with your ability to walk, depending on the extent of your injury.
Dr. Gold and Dr. Perna use a physical exam and diagnostic tests to identify your injury and its severity. During your physical exam, your doctor asks about your symptoms and what you were doing when you sustained the injury. They also ask about your overall health and lifestyle.
Your doctor physically examines your foot, checking for signs of swelling, bruises, and reduced mobility. They may guide your foot through some gentle movements to test for restrictions in your range of motion.
In some cases, your doctor may order X-rays or MRIs to collect additional details about your injury, including its precise location and its severity.
Treatment for foot and ankle trauma depends on the specific injury. For example, some injuries heal with rest and immobilization with a cast or boot. However, if you have a severe or complicated fracture, your doctor may recommend surgery to realign and set your bones before applying a cast to protect your foot or ankle and keep it still while the bones knit.
Your doctor may also prescribe physical therapy to help you rebuild strength and flexibility in your feet and ankles to support your recovery and reduce your risk of future injuries.