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Foot Injuries (Treatment, Recovery)

A foot injury not only takes you out of your daily routine; an injury to one of your feet can put you out of commission altogether. You don’t have time to be laid up. You have things to do. So visit a podiatry facility, for the latest diagnostic techniques and an accurate diagnosis. Put yourself in podiatrist Dr. Velimir Petkov’s tender care, and he’ll have you back on your feet as quickly as possible. Call today for an appointment.

It’s so easy to hurt one or both feet. No matter how big your feet are, they’re still small compared to the rest of your body. Yet they support your weight and get you to where you’re going, one step at a time. Your feet are often out in front of you, leading the way, where they’re susceptible to injury, whether through overuse, repetitive motion, stumbles or falls.

Some foot injuries may result from structural issues, such as bone spurs, or improper footwear like high heels or flip-flops. The most serious foot injuries involve the bones, as in stress fracture or a break, or to the supportive ligaments or tendons, as with a sprained ankle.

All foot injuries cause pain, but the type of injury may primarily focus the pain in your foot, heel, ankle or toes. Most foot injuries also limit your mobility by not allowing you to put any weight on the injured foot. Dr. Velimir Petkov, the best podiatry doctor at Premier Podiatry, excels at effective foot injury treatment.

Read more: 5 of the Most Common Foot Injuries and Their Causes

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Symptoms Requiring Foot Injury Treatment

Even though minor injuries such as stubbed toes or strained ligaments may cause significant discomfort, you often can manage with at-home remedies. But talk to Dr. Petkov if you experience symptoms such as:

  • Persistent swelling that shows no improvement in five days
  • Constant pain that doesn’t improve after a few weeks
  • Numbness, burning or tingling, especially along the bottom of your foot
  • New bruises

Seek immediate medical help from Dr. Velimir at Premier Podiatry if you notice more serious symptoms, including:

  • An open wound or a wound oozing pus
  • An inability to walk or put weight on your foot
  • Signs of infection, such as redness, warmth, tenderness or an accompanying fever
  • Severe pain and swelling
  • A deformity to the structure of your foot
  • Accompanying diseases, such as diabetes, osteoporosis or arthritis

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Are You at Risk for a Foot Injury?

Injuries, stress fractures and breaks occur more often from sporting activities or athletic endeavors than from other ways. If you’re involved in high-impact sports or athletics — including basketball, tennis, soccer, football and gymnastics — you’re at a greater risk for foot injuries. Related causes include:

  • Foot injuries from running, which means dedicated joggers are at risk
  • A sudden increase in your activity level instead of a gradual progression
  • A drastic change to the type of exercise you normally participate in, which places you at greater risk for foot tendon injury
  • Improper sports equipment or athletic footwear

You also may be at risk if you are overweight, keep cluttered living conditions or work in occupations like construction. Diseases also may contribute, raising the chances of continued foot injury problems. For example, a diagnosis of diabetes, osteoarthritis or osteoporosis increase the likelihood of foot ligament injuries, fractures or breaks.

Treatment for a Swollen Foot After Injury

Dr. Petkov examines your foot, ankle and gait. He measures the strength of your foot and ankle. He may determine your degree of flexibility by pushing against the bottom of your foot or observing your ability to rotate your ankle and move your toes. After the examination, which may include imaging tests such as a digital x-ray, your New Jersey podiatrist suggests the most appropriate foot injury treatment, such as:

  • Prescription-strength or over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) to reduce your pain and swelling
  • Self-care treatments that include R.I.C.E.: rest, ice, compression and elevation
  • Specialized boots, inserts, wraps or other footwear to provide support and protection during your healing process
  • Specific exercises, in coordination with a physical therapist, to rehabilitate weakened ligaments and tendons, while strengthening muscles to prevent future foot tendon injury
  • Developing ways to vary your training or exercise regimen to reduce repetitive injuries and improve your balance
  • Using softer exercise surfaces to reduce strain
  • Building bone strength with diet and supplements
  • PRP injections, which use your own blood to heal soft tissue injuries
  • Surgical options, when needed as a last resort, to repair foot ligament tears or stabilize broken bones or fractures

Untreated or poorly managed foot injuries can lead to more complicated foot conditions. Follow the recommendations of Dr. Velimir Petkov, your NJ podiatrist. He can effectively treat most foot injuries with braces, orthotics or exercises. The best foot injury treatment includes preventive measures, since you have to allow your foot time to heal properly to reduce the chance of a recurring injury. Contact Premier Podiatry for the best care of your foot injury.

Page Updated on Apr 13, 2022 by Velimir Petkov, DPM (Podiatrist) of Premier Podiatry

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