Your feet have 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 ligaments, muscles, and tendons that help you stand upright and use your feet to walk or run. Self-diagnosing a foot injury is not easy because many cause similar symptoms. Leading podiatrists Eric Harmelin, DPM, and Rikhil Patel, DPM, can evaluate and treat foot trauma of any kind. Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center offers many of the latest treatments and diagnostic tools for foot trauma at their locations in Annapolis, Stevensville, and Glen Burnie, Maryland. To book an evaluation, call Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center or book online today.
Foot trauma is physical damage to the soft or hard tissues in your feet. Your feet are complex, containing numerous bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Without all of them functioning properly, you might experience pain or have trouble standing or walking.
No matter the type of foot trauma you have, you might experience:
Since different types of foot trauma result in similar issues, and it can be difficult to pinpoint where the pain originates, Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center often uses imaging tests like X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs to examine the damage after performing a physical exam.
Foot trauma can happen in several ways. You might damage the bones, joints, or soft tissue in your foot, and you’re at a high risk to do so if you play sports or work on your feet. Even if you’re inactive, it’s possible to experience a foot injury just by walking around the house.
Foot and ankle trauma occurs in two categories:
Bone fractures, otherwise called broken bones, can happen to any of the 26 bones in your foot. They usually occur from direct impact, like in a car accident or after a slip, trip, or fall. Even small breaks can cause immense pain and immobility.
Soft tissue trauma affects ligaments, tendons, or muscles. It can range from overstretched tissue to a full tear. Sprains and strains are two of the most common types of foot trauma, and they can happen from quick twists, pulls, repeated stress, or a fall.
You can manage the symptoms of foot trauma and treat the specific injury with help from Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center. Right after the injury happens, they recommend utilizing the RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) method.
The RICE method is particularly effective for mild to moderate injuries in the soft tissue category along with anti-inflammatory medications.
More severe injuries might need clinical care or even surgery at Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center. After evaluating the damage and making a diagnosis, your providers create and personalize your treatment plan.
Your care may still involve some home care, but you might also need to wear a cast or walking boot as you heal.
Severe fractures and soft tissue tears sometimes need surgery. Your surgeon repairs the soft tissue damages and can realign bone fragments. Whether you need surgery or not, physical therapy can help you make a full recovery and retain your foot and ankle mobility.
Sudden, immediate foot pain and swelling tell you that you likely have foot trauma. For an in-depth evaluation and individualized treatment plan, call Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center or schedule an appointment online today.