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If you experience foot or ankle pain, you may be able to find some relief with at-home treatments. If not, you should make an appointment with your podiatrist. If conservative methods fail, you may require foot and ankle surgery. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Foot and Ankle Injuries Treating your foot and Ankle Pain


1
Foot Ankle Injuries
  • Treating your foot and ankle pain

2
Foot Ankle Anatomy
  • The foot and ankle are complex structures that
    support your bodys weight, assist in backward
    and forward movements and act as shock absorbers
  • The foot and ankle are made up of than 100
    muscles, ligaments and tendons, 26 bones, 33
    joints and a sophisticated network of blood
    vessels, nerves and soft tissue
  • While athletes commonly experience foot and ankle
    injuries, anyone can suffer from a condition that
    can result in foot or ankle pain when walking or
    doing everyday activities
  • If youre experiencing foot and ankle pain, you
    should see your podiatrist as soon as possible
    for diagnosis and treatment

3
Foot Pain
  • While temporary pain may be a sign of a strain or
    injury, long-term pain could be caused by a
    serious condition that requires proper treatment
  • Foot pain symptoms include
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Warm to the touch
  • Stiffness

4
When to see a Doctor for your Foot or Ankle Pain
  • While you can try home remedies to ease your foot
    or ankle pain, there are a few circumstances
    where you should skip the home care and see your
    podiatrist right away
  • Pain is severe
  • Swelling not going down
  • Open wound
  • Severe deformity
  • Signs of an infection
  • Inability to put any weight on the affected foot
    or ankle

5
Common Conditions Causing Your Foot Ankle Pain
  • Arthritis - Arthritis is a condition that causes
    inflammation, pain and stiffness in your foot and
    ankle joints
  • Bone Spur A bone spur is a protrusion that
    develops on your foot or ankle bones
  • Flat Feet - Flat feet occur when the arch of
    your feet collapses
  • Diabetes Individuals who suffer from diabetes
    need to be extra careful about the condition of
    their feet because the poor circulation
    associated with the medical condition can greatly
    impact the lower extremities

6
Common Conditions Causing Your Foot Ankle Pain
(continued)
  • Fractures A fracture occurs when there is a
    break, whether severe or a small crack, in the
    bone
  • Plantar Fasciitis Plantar Fasciitis occurs when
    your plantar fascia is inflamed, resulting in
    foot pain
  • Sprain A sprain is diagnosed when there are
    stretched or torn ligaments in your foot or ankle
  • Tendonitis - A condition that occurs when the
    tendons in your feet or ankle ae inflamed due to
    overuse or injury

7
At-Home Care for Your Foot and Ankle Pain
  • Ease your pain and symptoms with these self-care
    techniques
  • RICE An acronym to help you manage your pain,
    RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and
    Elevation
  • Over the counter medication Ibuprofen and
    aspirin can help reduce inflammation and pain
  • Stretching exercises Certain movements can
    help relieve pain
  • Properly-fitting footwear - Wearing ill-fitting
    footwear can make your problems even worse

8
Treating Your Foot and Ankle Pain
  • If youre experiencing foot and ankle pain with
    no relief from at-home treatments, you should
    make an appointment with a board-certified
    podiatrist to properly diagnose and treat your
    condition
  • Before foot and ankle surgery is suggested, your
    podiatrist will try a number of conservative
    methods to treat your pain including physical
    therapy, foot and ankle injections or splinting
    the affected area
  • Depending on your personal history, your
    diagnosis and the severity of you case, there are
    multiple different surgical options to treat your
    heel pain, a lot of which can be done in the
    podiatrists clinic
  • The goal of foot and ankle surgery is to
    diagnosis, treat and prevent common problems from
    impacting your activity level and quality of life
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