Foot and ankle injuries happen all the time, and if not treated appropriately, they can lead to further damage and pain. The board-certified team of orthopedic and foot and ankle surgeons at Gardner Orthopedics in Fort Myers, Florida, provide a wide variety of treatment solutions for foot and ankle injuries. If you have a foot or ankle injury, don’t hesitate to call and make an appointment with Gardner Orthopedics or schedule online so you can get back to your normal self in no time.
Ankle and foot injuries affect the bones, ligaments, and tendons of the injured leg. Sprains occur when ligaments are stretched too far beyond their normal range of motion. Strains develop when tendons or muscles have been pulled or stretched too far. A fracture is a break in one or more bones.
The three common foot and ankle injuries are sprains, strains, and fractures.
Foot and ankle injuries are diagnosed with an examination at Gardner Orthopedics.
If your doctor suspects a fracture, they may order an X-Ray or even an MRI to show more detail of the injury. If your doctor discovers a fracture, they may conduct a stress test to determine whether or not surgery is needed.
To diagnose a sprain or strain, your doctor will take a detailed medical history and examine the affected area.
Treatment varies for foot and ankle injuries depending on the injury.
There’s a wide variety of options available to treat strains depending on the severity of the injury:
Treatment for sprains depends on how severe the injury is. Grade 1 sprains are considered mild, and are treated with rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). Follow this method until symptoms improve in 1-2 days. Grade 2 sprains are considered moderate, and are also treated with the RICE approach, but typically take longer to heal than Grade 1 sprains. Grade 3 sprains are treated by immobilizing the joint for a large amount of time, along with physical therapy, stretching, and strength building. If the sprain doesn’t heal in a reasonable amount of time, your doctor at Gardner Orthopedics may consider surgery.
Fractures are treated with surgery, or immobilization with a brace or cast. If there are multiple fractures, your Gardner Orthopedics doctor will perform surgery to make the bones stable with a metal plate and/or screws. It typically takes around 4-6 weeks for bones to heal completely.
If you have a foot or ankle injury, make an appointment with the orthopedic team at Gardner Orthopedics today.