Treating Your Foot & Ankle Injuries
It’s easy to injure your foot or ankle, and you don’t have to be an athlete to do it. Foot and ankle injuries become even more common as you age, because you are less flexible, and your bones are thinner. If you experience a foot or ankle injury, you need the help of a specialist. Dr. John Patton, a foot and ankle specialist in Elko, NV, treats a wide range of foot and ankle problems, including injuries to your feet or ankles.
What You Need To Know About Foot and Ankle Injuries
Foot and ankle injuries can dramatically affect your life. Your feet and ankles carry your weight and help you move. When they are injured, their mobility is affected, which can lead to weight gain, depression, and other issues. You need help when you have a foot or ankle injury.
Your podiatrist can help with these common foot and ankle injuries:
- Strained tendons and ligaments
- Torn tendons and ligaments
- Dislocated bones
- Fractured or broken bones
Depending on the injury, your foot and ankle specialist may recommend:
- Surgery to repair torn ligaments, tendons, and broken bones
- Assistive devices including a walking cast, boot, or crutches so that the area can heal
- Physical therapy to increase flexibility, strength, and mobility in the injured area
You are at higher risk of experiencing a foot or ankle problem if you have a chronic medical condition like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or osteoarthritis. Your podiatrist is an expert at providing diabetic and arthritic foot care. Other foot and ankle conditions that your podiatrist can treat include:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Athlete’s foot fungus
- Ingrown toenail
- Fungal toenail
- Lateral ankle instability
Treatment for a foot or ankle injury begins with a comprehensive examination of your feet and ankles. Your podiatrist may recommend imaging studies to assess the severity of your injury. Your podiatrist will develop a treatment plan to help you heal and get back on your feet.
Want To Know More About Treating Foot and Ankle Injuries?
To find out more about how your foot and ankle specialist can help when you have an injury to your feet or ankles, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Patton in Elko, NV. You can reach him in the office by calling (775) 753-4044, so call today.