When a painful foot injury impairs your walking and movement, it can really get in the way of your daily life. At Local Foot Doc, podiatrist Waldemar Majdanski, DPM, FACFAS, and the team of doctors devise personalized treatment plans to help you on your road to recovery. Take care of your feet and receive essential quality medical support from dedicated podiatrists. For your convenience, Local Foot Doc has two offices in Brooklyn and locations in the Queens neighborhoods of Woodhaven, Forest Hills, and Astoria. Call your nearest office or book online today.
What are some of the most common foot injuries?
Some of the most common foot injuries include:
- Sprains and strains
- Joint or muscle injuries
- Broken bones
- Swollen muscles
You might experience sudden and severe foot pain, or you might have symptoms that develop over time as a result of your foot injury. Most people with a foot injury experience pain, swelling, and inflammation of the foot.
If you have a foot injury, it’s best to visit Local Foot Doc for an evaluation and a personal treatment plan to make sure you’re on the right track during your recovery.
What causes foot injuries?
Foot injuries can occur due to a number of reasons, such as:
- A direct blow
- A penetrating injury
- A crushing injury
- Overuse injury
- A fall
- Twisting, jerking, jamming, or bending your limb abnormally
- Car accidents
- Impact from a heavy weight
Aging and obesity can increase your chances of having foot problems and make you more likely to get a foot injury.
With aging, you typically lose some degree of muscle mass and bone strength and you might experience problems with vision and balance, making you more likely to fall over. Ill-fitting shoes can also cause foot problems and increase the risk of injury.
Some foot injuries can lead to neuropathy and nerve pain and other complications. It’s best to seek prompt medical attention to protect your foot health and functionality.
What is the treatment for a foot injury?
The right treatment for your foot injury depends on the cause and type. Dr. Majdanski might suggest:
- Assistive orthotic devices, such as an ankle boot
- Laser treatment
- Medications to relieve pain and inflammation
- RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation of the injured area)
- Platelet-rich plasma therapy
- A personal exercise and rehabilitation program
- Surgery when necessary
Dr. Majdanski might also recommend lifestyle changes — such as stress management and optimal nutrition — to boost your general health and help you recover from your foot injury.
You can ease some pressure and diminish your foot pain at home by:
- Resting frequently and trying not to put too much weight on your foot
- Using a compression bandage to reduce swelling
- Using a heat or ice pack
- Elevating your foot
- Using over-the-counter pain medications