Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Treats Ankle Injuries
Ankle and foot injuries are very common due to the high stresses and demands we place on our feet every day. Ankle and foot injuries are categorized by chronic and overuse or acute trauma.
Most ankle and foot pain is caused by overuse or microtraumas overtime. When diagnosing foot pain, it is very important to evaluate walking and running patterns, shoe wear, arch type, and the surfaces we walk on. Most chronic foot pain can be prevented with early diagnosis, proper shoe wear, and intervention through strengthening exercises. Common chronic foot and ankle injuries are metatarsal, tarsal, or tibial stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, and tendonitis of the Achilles and other tendons. With early detection, activity modification and rest stress fractures have good healing prognosis. Plantar Fasciitis is pain in the arch and sole of the foot during the morning can be treated with aggressive stretching and massage. Tendonitis is an inflammatory process of the tendon also treated with stretching, and eccentric strengthening exercises.
The foot and ankle are also vulnerable to acute injuries and trauma because of the limited range of motion available to these joints. Ankle sprains are the most common sports injury. They are more likely to occur during jumping sports such as volleyball and basketball however everyone is at risk for an ankle injury. Because our feet affect the entire kinetic chain and can lead to injuries in the knees, hips and back, it is imperative that these injuries are completely healed before we start putting stresses on them again. Consult one of our trained medical professionals for an appointment if you or someone you know are experiencing foot or ankle pain