Each year, millions of Americans visit the emergency room due to foot and ankle trauma. Unfortunately, without prompt diagnosis and treatment, these injuries can negatively affect your mobility and keep you from activities you love. At Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH, Drew Taft, DPM, specializes in treating foot and ankle trauma. To schedule an appointment at the Derry, New Hampshire, office, book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.
Foot and ankle trauma refers to a group of conditions that make it difficult to walk, stand, or stay physically active. Trauma can occur for various reasons, but it’s usually the result of an accident or injury, either while playing sports or working.
Traumatic injuries cause sudden pain and swelling. It’s important to receive immediate treatment for foot and ankle trauma because, without intervention, your symptoms will only get worse.
Foot and ankle trauma affects everyone differently, but common symptoms include:
If you experience foot and ankle trauma, you might also find it difficult to walk or put weight on your affected limb.
At Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH, Dr. Taft treats several types of foot and ankle trauma, including:
Sprains occur when you overextend the ligaments that surround a joint. Ligaments are thick bands of fibrous tissue that provide support for your joints and limit their movement. Sprains cause small tears in the ligaments, resulting in pain, bruising, and swelling.
Foot fractures occur when you break a bone in your heels, toes, or ankles. Some fractures are small and heal on their own with rest and conservative care. Others cause one or several bones to break in two, causing visible abnormalities.
If you’re a physically active individual or athlete who plays sports like basketball, soccer, or football, you’re also at risk of foot and ankle trauma. Some of the most common sports injuries that affect the feet and ankles include tendinitis, turf toe, neuromas, and heel spurs.
To diagnose foot and ankle trauma, Dr. Taft reviews your medical history and asks about your symptoms and the events leading up to the injury. Afterward, he physically examines your feet and ankles, gently pressing on them to pinpoint areas of swelling, warmth, or sensitivity.
If Dr. Taft suspects an underlying problem, such as a fracture, he orders digital X-rays to get a closer look at the bones and joints in your feet and ankles.
At Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH, Dr. Taft treats foot and ankle trauma using conservative, noninvasive measures, including rest, ice, compression, and elevation (the RICE protocol), physical therapy, and over-the-counter pain medication. You might also benefit from custom orthotics, a cast, or more supportive footwear.
If you experience a severe fracture, you might benefit from orthopedic surgery. During surgery, Dr. Taft carefully reconnects your bones with screws, pins, and plates, encouraging your body’s natural healing process.
In the event of foot and ankle trauma, schedule an appointment at Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH. Call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.