An injury to the foot or ankle is one of the main reasons patients schedule an appointment with a chiropodist. Whether you are younger or older, whether your life is active or sedentary, anybody can incur a foot or ankle injury. While one of the primary causes for injury is repetitive overuse or impacts while playing a sport, something as simple as twisting your ankle while walking or wearing the wrong pair of shoes can cause foot or ankle trauma.
When you visit a chiropodist, you will typically be asked about your medical history and the symptoms that you are currently experiencing. In addition, the chiropodist will examine your injured foot or ankle and you may be asked to undergo various diagnostic tests in order to determine the cause of your pain. Some of the most common foot and ankle injuries include plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, stress fractures, ankle sprains, sesamoiditis, and Morton’s neuroma. Many of these injuries share symptoms like pain, swelling, and inflammation.
Seeking treatment is very important, as most foot and ankle injuries will not go away on their own. Even if an injury is fairly mild, you may still be required to take certain measures in order to ensure proper healing and to prevent the condition from worsening or becoming chronic. For example, your chiropodist may recommend resting your feet and wearing orthotic inserts for a certain period of time if you have a diagnosis of plantar fasciitis. For more information about the various foot and ankle traumas that chiropodists can treat, please consult with a chiropodist near you.