Within the foot and ankle, there are many different bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles that can be subject to injury through regular physical activity. Seeing an orthopedic physician after injuring these structures is important, as improper healing can result in long-term pain and dysfunction of the lower body. Here is an overview of some of the most frequently occurring foot and ankle injuries that should be treated by an orthopedist.
Twisting the ankle by falling or making a sudden movement in the wrong direction can cause the ligaments in the ankle to stretch too far causing a sprain. This type of injury can be extremely painful and can cause symptoms that last for several weeks. Most sprains are treatable through physical therapy and rest, but ligament reconstruction may be necessary when the injury is severe.
Foot or ankle fracture
Impact to the foot or ankle can lead to fracture of one or more of the many bones in this part of the body. The specialized level of care offered through an orthopedic physician is necessary for treating foot or ankle fractures. The bones inside the foot and ankle need to be set properly to facilitate optimal healing with minimal disturbance to structures surrounding the broken bone, so be sure to seek the experienced care of Dr. Stein.
Although the symptoms of shin splints are felt in the legs, the problem actually originates in the feet. When the tendons of the foot are under stress from activities like running and walking, they generate pain that travels through the attached muscles. The muscles will tighten and cause the shins to hurt during and after physical activity. This problem can continue to worsen over time without the help of accurate diagnosis and necessary treatment.
For a look at more common injuries of the feet and ankles, along with an overview of your treatment options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Drew Stein, MD in NYC. Contact our practice online or call (212) 398-2300 to get started on your orthopedic injury treatment.