About Foot and Ankle Injury
Ankles and feet work together to provide mobility and support to the body. That is why when an injury occurs in the foot and ankle, the entire body is shifted off course. Foot and ankle injuries encompass a variety of podiatric conditions, such as ankle, foot and toe fractures, as well as arthritis of the foot and ankle. The trusted surgeons at miVIP surgery centers specialize in treating these debilitating conditions when medication and braces have failed to provide relief.
Although ankle and foot injuries are often referred to as sports injuries, anyone can get them. Men between the ages of 15 and 24 years old, however, tend to suffer from ankle sprains more than women of the same age. As the age bracket increases to 30 years old, women are more likely to receive ankle trauma.
Potential Causes of a Foot and Ankle Injury
Any activity where the ankle joint is moved out of its normal range of motion, or the muscles in the foot are bruised or torn, can cause injury. Here are a few activities that are most commonly associated with foot and ankle injuries:
- Tripping or falling
- Landing on the foot wrong after jumping
- Twisting or rolling the ankle
- Sudden impact
- Walking in high heels
- Running or walking on uneven surfaces
Sports are also a big contributor to foot and ankle injuries, including sprains and fractures. From football and basketball to track and dancing, athletics are one of the most common causes of these types of injuries.
Common Symptoms of a Foot and Ankle Injury
The symptoms of a foot and ankle injury will depend on the severity of the injury. Many common signs include:
- Difficulty Walking
- Swelling and Inflammation
Treating a Foot and Ankle Injury
Immediately after the injury occurs, it is best to apply ice to the affected area. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories can also help reduce any swelling that may occur. A brace or bandage will support the bruised, sprained or fractured foot or ankle. There are other foot surgery treatment options available for those who are not able to find relief from these methods. They include:
- Fracture Reduction: If you suspect that you have attained a fracture in your foot and ankle, a fracture reduction treatment will help to ensure that the bones are set right. Plates and screws may be used to arrange the bones properly.
- Ankle Fusion: This surgical procedure is used to correct any misalignment of the joints that has occurred due to osteoarthritis deformities or previous injuries. Typically used in patients who are younger than 30 years old, this procedure is often performed laparoscopically.
- Debridement: If you suffer from osteoarthritis, debridement can improve the condition by removing any diseased or damaged bone and cartilage that is surrounding the ankle joint.
Our experienced surgeons can help you decide whether or not you are a good candidate for our minimally invasive procedures.
Call miVIP Today!
Living with foot and ankle trauma can be devastating. Let miVIP help to improve your mobility and quality of life. For more information, call our surgical center at 855-496-4847 today.