A Guide to Common Foot & Ankle Injuries
Foot and ankle injuries can occur at any time and are especially common when exercising, participating in sports, working on projects around the house, or even performing work-related tasks. In fact, 75% of people will experience some type of foot or ankle injury at some point in their lifetime.
At Precision Podiatry, we treat a wide range of foot and ankle injuries and can generally divide the common injuries up into three camps: acute injury, overuse injury, and medical treatments.
Acute Foot & Ankle Injuries
Acute foot and ankle injuries occur when there is direct trauma to the foot or ankle. Think a fall, direct blow, twisting, jamming, etc. With this type of foot or ankle injury, you will often see bruising and swelling. A few of the common acute injuries we see are:
· Achilles tendon injuries
· Joint sprains
· Bone fractures including broken toes
· Ligament injuries
Overuse Foot & Ankle Injuries
This are the injuries that happen when too much stress has been put on the foot or ankle. Normally it happens from too much pressure or pushing yourself past your physical abilities. Common examples of these type of foot and ankle injuries include:
· Plantar fasciitis
· Stress fractures
· Retrocalcaneal bursitis
· Tarsal tunnel syndrome
Medical Treatments for Feet and Ankles
While not specifically injuries, our clinics often see other medical-related foot and ankle issues including bunions, hammertoes, ingrown toenails, tendon and join paint, athlete’s foot, and more. Each is handled with care and precision for the best results.
If you suspect a foot or ankle injury, start by resting and giving the injury time to heal. Give us a call at Precision Podiatry so that we can accurately identify the injury and prescribe a treatment plan to get you back up on your feet in no time. The treatment plan may include physical therapy, first aid measures, orthotics, non-invasive techniques, or even surgery. Our offices are conveniently located in three locations across Central Texas: Austin, Round Rock, and Cedar Park.