Foot and Ankle Injuries We Treat
Since we are on our feet non-stop, it is common for our feet and ankles to experience injuries from time to time. At Renuva Xtremity in Memphis, we are foot and ankle care specialists who can treat a variety of injuries and conditions. Dr. Nathan Lucas, our podiatrist, specializes in a variety of areas and can treat your foot and ankle problems. Learn more about some of the common injuries below and schedule an appointment with us today!
Common Foot and Ankle Injuries:
- Ankle sprains
- Broken ankle
- Foot fractures
- Osteochondritis (stiff ankle)
- Shin splints
- Sports injuries
Foot and ankle injuries are not uncommon, but they can make going through your daily routine more difficult.
Getting them treated by experts can help you feel better quicker and get you back on your feet.
At Renuva Xtremity, we treat a ton of different foot and ankle conditions, including the following injuries.
Ankle sprains are caused by an unnatural twisting or force on the ankle bones that result in one or more ligaments being excessively stretched or torn. Depending on the severity of your ankle sprain, the type of treatment and the duration of the treatment will change.
Some treatment options include:
- Elevating and icing ankle
- Using compressive bandages
- Surgery to repair or tighten ligaments
If you sprained your ankle, be sure to contact us today. We can help determine the best treatment option for you.
A broken ankle, which can also be called a fractured ankle, occurs when one or more bones in the ankle joint break. A broken ankle is extremely painful, can swell, bruise, make it hard to walk, and may be hard to put weight on. The only way to determine whether you have a broken ankle rather than a sprained ankle is to see a doctor. Our team can determine whether or not you broke your ankle and treat it properly.
Treatment for broken ankles include:
- Closed reduction
- Walking boot, cast, or splint
If you have a broken ankle, be sure to come into Renuva Xtremity in Memphis. We can help diagnose and treat your ankle.
Feet are made up of nearly one-fourth of all the bones in your body, which makes foot injuries common. A broken bone in your foot or toes can be very painful but should rarely be disabling. Foot fractures often heal without any treatment.
There are two types of foot fractures — stress and general bone fractures. Both types of foot fractures come with similar symptoms including pain, swelling, and sometimes bruising. If you think you may have fractured your foot, be sure to contact us today. We can diagnose your foot fractures and determine what type of treatment is right for you, if any.
Osteochondroma is an overgrowth of the cartilage and bone at the end of a growth plate. These overgrowths most often affect the long bones in the leg, the pelvis, and shoulder blades. The symptoms of osteochondroma include a hard painless mass that does not move, one leg that is longer than the other, pressure or irritation when you exercise, and soreness in surrounding muscles.
Treatment for osteochondroma depends on a variety of factors including age, overall health, tolerance for therapies and medicines, and preferences. Some of the ways the osteochondromas can be treated are through surgery to remove the mass or medicines to control the pain.
Osteochondritis dissecans is a painful joint problem that is common in children and teens who participate in active sports. This condition generally occurs in the knees but can also be present in the ankles and other joints. While rest can help reduce pain, that are some other treatments.
Symptoms of osteochondritis dissecans include pain and swelling and generally flares up after physical activity. Resting, wearing a splint, cast, or brace, using crutches, and physical therapy to strengthen the joints are some of the treatment options. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary.
Shin splints are a common injury that many runners experience. Shin splints occur when stress is put on your shinbone and the connective tissues that attach the muscles to the bone. This condition can be painful and become inflamed. Those with flat feet, shoes with poor support, working out without warming up and stretching, and weak hips, ankles, or core muscles can all lead to shin splints.
Treatment for shin splints includes:
- Icing shins
- Using insoles or orthotics
- Taking anti-inflammatory painkillers
If your shin splints cause you severe pain and don’t go away on their own, be sure to contact Renuva Xtremity today.
Foot and ankle injuries are especially common when sports are involved. Whether you or your child plays a sport that involves running, jumping, switching directions quickly, or similar movements, foot and ankle injuries can occur. If you or your child suffered from a sports-related foot or ankle injury be sure to contact Renuva Xtremity. We can help diagnose the problem and find the best treatment. After the injury, be sure to ice and rest the foot or ankle, if the pain doesn’t dissipate, scheduling an appointment with us is the next best step.