Our east Brunswick Foot & Ankle Center treats patients with a whole gamut of conditions that bother the lower extremities, anything from ingrown toenails to bunions and sprains, to fractured bones. These conditions come about naturally from day-to-day use of the feet, or overuse, improper shoes, as a result of certain medical conditions such as diabetes or due to an injury. Our Helmetta foot doctor uses the latest in podiatric techniques and technology to diagnose and treat each of the myriad of conditions that can affect the foot and ankles.
Our podiatry office also treats many emergency cases usually involving either strains, sprains or fractures of the foot or ankle. These cases can be mild or serious depending on the amount of damage done. Many of these injuries are due to participation in athletics, dancing or a similar activity that is stressful to the feet. One such injury is an ankle sprain, which occurs when the ankle ligaments are stretched beyond their normal range of motion usually from a sudden twisting. There are three types of ankle sprains depending on the direction of the twisting towards the inside or outside of the foot. Ankle sprains can be mild, moderate or severe. Our doctors treat ankle sprains through rest, wrapping the ankle in a bandage, and elevating the foot. If there is ankle instability in a severe sprain our doctors will use a brace or a walking boot to support the ankle.
Some injuries result in a fracture of one of the many bones in the foot or ankle. For instance, our doctors often see stress fractures in those patients engaging physical activities. These are tiny fractures that can appear anywhere in the foot. If left untreated the stress fracture can turn into a full-fledged break. Pain, swelling, redness and bruising are signs of a stress fracture. Treatments for stress fractures vary with the degree of severity and location of the fracture. Rest, immobilization and sometimes surgery to immobilize the fracture are common treatments. Precisely diagnosing the cause of foot and ankle pain greatly helps our doctor in prescribing the correct treatment approach. If you have an emergency with a foot or ankle give our office a call as soon as possible.