With 28 bones, several tendons, and multiple ligaments in the foot and ankle, all of which are put through considerable pressure and strain throughout our lives, it should be no surprise that foot trauma and ankle injuries are very common. Fractures, dislocations, ruptures, sprains, and a variety of other conditions can arise from sudden injuries or gradual wear and tear. It’s important to get early diagnosis and therapy to recover properly after an injury, just in case your injury is one that requires prompt treatment.
Our podiatrists at Bay Area Foot Care are equipped and trained to evaluate, diagnose, and treat whatever injury or condition arises. Many injuries may be treated with conservative therapy, such as casting, taping, or simple resetting of the bones or joints. Occasionally, injuries may require surgery in order to optimize healing and future function; if that’s what you need, we’re ready to help.
If your foot has been injured—or even if you’ve been feeling pain but don’t recall injuring yourself—it’s important that you don’t ignore it. If left untreated, fractures may heal slowly (delayed union), not heal at all (non-union), or may heal in a malaligned position (malunion). As a result, you’ll deal with pain and deformity in your foot. Untreated fractures may also develop post-traumatic arthritis, which can result in a need for more intensive surgery than would have been required before. And it’s not just the fractures that can grow worse over time: ruptured tendons that are left untreated may cause weakness or loss of function. They can also cause tendon imbalance, which can lead to deformities in the foot and ankle over time. Sprained ligaments that are left untreated may lead to chronic instability and arthritis.
So if you’ve injured your foot, leg, or have been dealing with pain in the lower extremities that won’t seem to go away, come visit us at Bay Area Foot Care right away to be sure that the problem doesn’t grow worse.