What Injuries Can Affect the Foot?
Foot injuries can happen to anyone. Common injuries include:
- Fracture of bones in the foot and/or ankle
- Bursitis/Capsulitis from overuse
- Dislocation of a joint/toe
- Sprain of foot, ankle
- Turf toe
- Stress fracture
Numerous injuries can be prevented. Make sure to wear the proper footwear and stretch the ankle and foot beforehand to minimize the chance of injuries.
When Should I See a Doctor?
Seek further medical treatment from your Podiatrist if you experience any of the following:
- Severe pain, especially when walking
- Altered sensations such as loss of feeling in the foot or the feeling of pins and needles
- Severe swelling
- Cannot complete normal every day activities after 48hours
Additionally, if weakness persists for more than two weeks it is also suggested that patients visit the office.
What Treatments Are Used for Sports Injuries?
We will conduct an evaluation to determine what part of the foot or ankle is affected and to what extent. Traditionally, we will order x-rays and may order a MRI or CT scan. There are many non-surgical options available, depending on the injury, which include:
- An immobilizing boot
- Icing and elevation can help for mild to moderate injuries in addition to resting the foot
- NSAID (anti-inflammatories) such as ibuprofen can be used as well as prescribed pain relievers
The use of splints or padding as well as physical therapy can also assist with treating certain injuries. Call us at 727-842-9504 to make an appointment. Dr. Zafar will sit down with you and discuss options to proceed with.