West Suburban Podiatry
Podiatric Physicians and Surgeons located in Western Springs, IL
Foot and ankle injuries can cause severe pain and render you immobile if you don't get expert care quickly. At West Suburban Podiatry in Western Springs, Illinois, the dedicated podiatrists skillfully treat foot and ankle injuries like sprains, fractures, and tendon ruptures using state-of-the-art methods. When you're injured, contact the injury specialists by phone or book an appointment online.
Injuries Q & A
What are the symptoms of foot and ankle injuries?
Foot and ankle injuries can cause symptoms such as:
- Pain ranging from mild to severe intensity
- Poor range-of-motion
- Skin discoloration
- Weakness and instability
- Inability to bear weight
- Popping noise at the moment of injury
With most foot and ankle injuries, the symptoms start right away. Often, the pain and other symptoms intensify over the coming days. Don't underestimate the potential severity of foot and ankle injuries, as this type of injury can lead to long-term pain and mobility problems if untreated.
What causes foot and ankle injuries?
Sports injuries that damage the foot and ankle are quite common, but accidents such as dropping a heavy object on your foot, stumbling over an obstacle, or missing a step as you descend a ladder happens often, as well. Many injuries also occur on-the-job.
How do I know what kind of injury I have?
The only way to diagnose your foot or ankle injury is to see an experienced podiatrist. The West Suburban Podiatry specialists are experts in all sorts of lower-extremity injuries. The most common foot and ankle injuries include:
Sprains occur when you pull or tear a ligament. You have ligaments throughout your foot and ankle, and they're crucial for stability because they hold your joint together. If you tear a ligament, you might hear a popping noise as it happens.
Fractures are a common bone injury. Some fractures happen with prolonged strain or repetitive trauma, while others occur with collisions or other sudden trauma. Ankle, toe, metatarsal, and sesamoid bone fractures are common in the feet. Fractures can be either nondisplaced, with the bone still aligned, or displaced, with the two parts of the bone misaligned.
Tendonitis is inflammation within a tendon, like the Achilles tendon. Tendonitis is a repetitive use injury.
Ruptures are painful tears in a ligament or tendon. You may experience an Achilles tendon rupture in the tendon running down the back of your leg or tear the plantar fascia ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot.
Your podiatrist gently examines your injury to find the source of your issues. West Suburban Podiatry has on-site imaging to help your podiatrist identify which kind of damage you have.
How are foot and ankle injuries treated?
Your podiatrist may prescribe:
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- Brace, splint, or immobilization device
- Physical therapy
- MLS laser therapy
- Corticosteroid injections
Custom orthotics can also help with recovery. Orthotics help you maintain the ideal foot movement and also reduce the risk of a repeat injury.
West Suburban Podiatry uses the most comprehensive treatments to help you overcome foot and ankle injuries. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
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