Here at Desert Foot Surgeons, some of the most common reasons that patients seek treatment from our Phoenix foot care specialists are fractures and sprains in the foot and ankle. Firstly, it is important to recognize how these differ. The ankle and the foot work together to help you move, and so when one of the two is injured it can have a serious effect on the other. A sprain is when the ligaments that connect bone to other bone is torn, stretched, or pulled as a result of an injury. The difference with a fracture is that the bone is actually broken in some way. Most fractures and sprains involving the feet and ankles occur while people are playing sports.
Another common way that people sprain and break their feet and ankles is when they trip or stumble. Some symptoms typically associated with a sprain or a break in the foot or ankle include: pain, swelling, and bruising at the site, and having a hard time walking. If you ever experience any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with our Phoenix foot care specialist as soon as possible. If you have to wait to see a doctor here at Desert Foot Surgeons, there are ways to take care of your broken foot or ankle at home in order to give you some relief in the meantime. You should always rest the foot or ankle and avoid walking on it until you are given the OK from our Phoenix foot care experts. You should apply ice to the injury as soon as possible after it happens in order to take down the inflammation. You should also wrap a bandage around the area in order to keep it compressed, as well as elevate the foot in question in order to decrease any swelling. When you get to us at Desert Foot Surgeons, we will carefully work to determine a diagnosis, and from there we can give you treatment options to consider.
If you are interested in learning more about how our Phoenix foot care experts can be of service to you, we encourage you to visit the main Desert Foot Surgeons website to browse through some additional information about these topics and more. If you have any questions or concerns that you would like to discuss, we hope you will not hesitate to contact us either by phone or online.