Treatment for Foot and Ankle Injuries

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Milwaukee's premier foot doctors at Advanced Foot & Ankle diagnose and treat foot and ankle injuries, whether it requires basic home remedies or surgical solutions. We're staffed to handle every level of injury, from little tweaks to debilitating breaks. If you've got ankle pain, and suspect you've got a sprain or strain that needs attention from a caring professional, we're just who you're looking for.

Common Foot and Ankle Injuries

  • Fractures
  • Sprains
  • Broken Ankle
  • Osteochondritis
  • Shin Splints
  • Sports Injuries
  • Driving Injuries

Cuboid Foot Treatment MilwaukeeCuboid Syndrome Causes, Symptoms & Treatment Options

Cuboid Syndrome is a subluxation of the cuboid bone located on the outer midfoot. This means the cuboid bone is not in normal alignment with the other foot bones. This condition can develop slowly over time from repetitive strain, or as the result of a single injury.

Lateral foot pain (pain on the outer edge of your foot) is usually the first symptom people notice.A cuboid subluxation often occurs with an ankle sprain. Persistent lateral foot pain after a sprained ankle has healed can indicate cuboid syndrome. Find out more about cuboid syndrome

Obesity Foot Pain MilwaukeeFoot & Ankle Problems Associated with Being Overweight

Being overweight or obese is associated with an increased risk of pain, chronic problems and injury in the feet, ankles, hips and back. Weight gain also contributes to developing more serious health conditions such as gout, diabetes and osteoarthritis.

Carrying extra weight can change the way you stand and walk and cause painful symptoms making physical activity challenging. Find out how weight gain can affect your feet, ankles and body and how to treat symptoms effectively. Learn more about obesity-related foot pain and prevention

Fractures

There are two types of foot fractures: stress fractures and general bone fractures.

Stress fractures usually occur in the bones of the forefoot extending from the toes to the middle of the foot. Stress fractures are like tiny cracks in the bone surface. They can happen with sudden increases in exercise, improper training techniques, or surface changes.

Most other types of fractures extend through the bone. They may be stable or displaced. Stable means there is no shift in bone alignment and displaced means the bone ends no longer line up properly. Bone fractures are usually the result of trauma or a twisting injury. If the fractured bone does not break through the skin, it is called a closed fracture. If the fracture does break through the skin, it is called an open fracture. Because of the complex structures in the foot, there are some other, more specific types of fractures that can occur. Talk to your doctor for more information.

Milwaukee foot care specialists Symptoms of a Fracture

Seek medical attention immediately for a suspected foot fracture.

Ankle and Toe Sprains

Ankle sprains are caused by an unnatural twisting or force on the ankle bones of the foot, which may result in excessive stretching or tearing of one or more ligaments on the outside of the ankle. The severity of the sprain can impact the degree of damage as well as the type and duration of treatment. If not properly treated, ankle sprains may develop into long-term problems.

A common source of chronic toe pain is a toe sprain. They aren't as common as ankle sprains, but are a real possibility, especially for athletes or people with physically demanding jobs. 

Symptoms

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising

Treatment

  • Rest and elevation
  • Applying ice
  • Immobilization and support
  • Surgery to repair damaged ligaments

Prevention

Maintain strength, balance, and flexibility in the foot and ankle through exercising, proper stretching before and after exercise, and well-fitted shoes.

Broken Ankle

A broken ankle can involve one or more of the three ankle bones as well as injury to the surrounding connecting tissues or ligaments.

Causes

  • A slip or fall
  • Automobile accident
  • Sports-related trauma

SymptomsShin splint services for Milwaukee Wisconsin

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Immediate and severe pain
  • Inability to put any weight on the injured foot
  • Tenderness to the touch
  • Deformity

Treatment

  • Leg cast or brace

If the ligaments are also torn or if the fracture created a loose fragment of bone that could irritate the joint, surgery may be required to secure the bones so they will heal properly.

Osteochondritis

Osteochondritis is a lesion that usually causes pain and stiffness of the ankle joint and affects all age groups. Osteochondritis is caused by a twisting-type injury to the ankle. Symptoms include swelling and ankle pain.

Treatment

  • Immobilization

In severe cases surgery may be prescribed. The surgery will remove the loose fragments of cartilage and bone from the ankle joint. In some cases, small drill holes are made to stimulate new blood vessels and help form scar tissue to fill the lesion.

Shin Splints

Shin splints refer to pain on either side of the leg bone that is caused by muscle or tendon inflammation.

Causes

  • Collapsing arch
  • Muscle imbalance

Proper stretching before and after exercise and sports, corrective shoes, or orthotics (corrective shoe inserts) can help prevent shin splints.

Sports Injuries

Many sports are hard on the feet because of quick repetitive movements, constricting footwear, and/or increased exposure to injury or trauma.

Common Sports Injuries

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Ankle sprains
  • Impact injuries

Stretching is recommended to help prevent injury: specifically, a minimum of 15 minutes of stretching before performing any kicking or punching. Activities such as football, baseball, basketball, soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse often lead to ankle injuries as a result of play on artificial surfaces, improper footwear, and/or inadequate stretching.

Contact the surgical podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle of Wisconsin today to make an appointment.