The doctors in our podiatry office Woodside treat many injured feet and ankles, many of these injuries are due to participation in athletics, dancing or a similar activity that is stressful to the feet. One such injury is an ankle sprain, which occurs when the ankle ligaments are stretched beyond their normal range of motion usually from a sudden twisting. There are three types of ankle sprains depending on the direction of the twisting towards the inside or outside of the foot. Ankle sprains can be mild, moderate or severe. Our doctors treat ankle sprains through rest, wrapping the ankle in a bandage, and elevating the foot. If there is ankle instability in a severe sprain our doctors will use a brace or a walking boot to support the ankle.
Some injuries result in a fracture of one of the many bones in the foot or ankle. For instance, our doctors in the podiatry office Woodside often see stress fractures in those patients engaging physical activities. These are tiny fractures that can appear anywhere in the foot. If left untreated the stress fracture can turn into a full-fledged break. Pain, swelling, redness and bruising are signs of a stress fracture. Treatments for stress fractures vary with the degree of severity and location of the fracture. Rest, immobilization and sometimes surgery to immobilize the fracture are common treatments.
Precisely diagnosing the cause of foot and ankle pain greatly helps our doctors in prescribing the correct treatment approach. With more children playing sports in and after school and more adults remaining physically active even in their senior years the incidence of sports related injuries has increased. Our podiatry office Woodside has a great deal of experience and expertise in treating foot and ankle problems for the occasional sports participant, the weekend warriors and even the professional athlete. We provide treatment for all types of sports related injuries from sprained ankles, to fractures, stress fractures, shin splints and other overuse conditions, to heel pain and injuries, tendonitis and pulled tendons. If you have foot or ankle pain give our office a call.