Acute Foot Injuries Specialist Questions and Answers
If you suffer from any foot or ankle injuries recently and you are starting to feel extended pain, call or schedule an appointment with one of our locations today!
What kind of doctor do I see for a foot injury?
If you start having issues that may involve your foot or ankle either from a sports injury, arthritis/joint pain, skin problems or other injuries – a visit to your local podiatrist will be your best option to having your foot injury treated properly. A podiatrist like the doctors at Bay Area Foot and Ankle Specialists manage and treat most symptoms that involve the ankles and/or feet.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or issues, make an appointment with one of our podiatrists today:
- Numbness, swelling or pain in your foot
- Nail fungus
- Heel pain
- Sprained or broken ankle or foot
- Athlete’s foot that is recurring
- Ingrown toenails
- Painful corns or calluses
- Joint pain in your ankle or foot
What is the most common foot injury?
Your foot has a total of 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments that work together to support your weight, and help to propel you through your daily life. The number one-foot problem we end up seeing the most is foot neuromas. Using too-tight or high-heeled shoes, among other things, can compress the nerves between your toes. The feeling of pain tingling and numbness of a neuroma can often be relieved. Other common foot injuries we see a lot of include:
- Stress fractures
These are among the most severe of the sport injuries that we see, as a stress fracture often occurs when you overdo a high-impact activity including running, dancing or basketball. A small, hairline crack will form and cause severe pain.
- Plantar fasciitis
Have you ever felt pain in your feet after first waking up in the morning. You may have plantar fasciitis, the inflammation of the band of tissue known as the plantar fascia which connects your toes to your heel on the bottom of your foot. Sports that are high-impact and jobs that require you to constantly be on your feet, by either walking or standing on hard surfaces, can increase your risk of plantar fasciitis.
- Heel spurs
You can have a heel spur occur when calcium deposits build up on the bottom of your heel bone. Heel spurs do not cause pain themselves, but they can irritate the plantar fascia, and may trigger pain along the arch and heel.
A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. It occurs when some of the bones in the front part of your foot move out of place. This causes the tip of your big toe to get pulled toward the smaller toes and forces the joint at the base of your big toe to stick out.
Two pea-sized bones are lodged in the tendon beneath the ball of your foot, which help the big toe to move normally. Physical activities such as running or golf may strain the ball of your foot and can injure the bones, tendons and/or surrounding tissues.
- Achilles tendinitis
Your Achilles tendon can become thick, inflamed, swollen and painful when it is pushed too far, too soon. A tight calf muscle is one of the main contributors to Achilles tendinitis.
- Ankle sprains
Ankle sprains can happen easily by falling, stepping awkwardly or twisting your ankle. This injury is quite common and occurs when the ligaments on the outer side of your ankle stretch or tear, causing extreme pain, swelling and sometimes the inability to bear weight on that foot.
When should you go to the doctor for a foot injury?
You should seek out immediate medical attention from one of our podiatrists if you are experiencing the following:
- Have severe pain or swelling
- Have an open wound or a wound that is oozing with pus
- Have signs of infection, including redness, warmth and tenderness
- Are unable to walk or put any weight on your feet
- Have diabetes and your wound is not healing or is deep, red, swollen or warm to the touch
How do I know if my foot injury is serious?
Your foot injury is serious if you experience any of the following above. You should visit one of our three Bay Area Foot and Ankle Associates locations if you experience any of the above. Call us or book an appointment online today!
Additional Services You May Need
▸Custom Foot Orthotics
▸Ingrown Toenail Specialist
▸Traditional Podiatry Care
▸Foot and Ankle Surgery Clinic
▸Corns and Calluses
▸Foot Arthritis and Joint
▸Video Gait Analysis
▸Pediatric Foot Specialist
▸Chronic Foot Injury
▸Diabetic Foot Specialist
▸Acute Foot Injuries
▸Podiatric Sports Services
▸Plantar Fasciitis Specialists