26 bones, 33 joints, and over 110 ligaments, tendons, and muscles - the foot and ankle is a complex system that, when functioning well, can provide a stable construct to support our daily activities. However, when one or more of these bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, or tendons becomes injured, it can have a cascade of negative side effects when left untreated.
Sprains, strains, and tears are common occurrences in the foot and ankle. These are usually the result of a misstep, a twisting of the foot/ankle, or trauma.
Fractures or breaks in the bone can also occur through direct or indirect trauma, such as slipping, falling, or having an object land on your foot with force.
Overuse injuries can lead to significant pain in the ball of the foot, front of your leg, heel, and ankle.
Early diagnosis and treatment in foot and ankle trauma is essential in achieving the best possible outcome. Our doctors at Foot and Ankle Specialist of the Mid-Atlantic will perform a thorough examination and evaluate for the presence of possible fractures, dislocations, sprains, or strains. This can result in the need for X-rays of the foot and/or ankle, and possibly the need for additional diagnostic imaging, such as a CT scan or MRI, to confirm a specific diagnosis.
Depending on the diagnosis, conservative and/or surgical treatments will be available. All of our doctors are well trained in foot and ankle injuries/trauma, and will provide the best care possible to ensure a proper recovery to have you back on your feet.