Foot and Ankle Injury Treatment Specialist in Houston, TX
Due to the amount of time we spend on our feet, pain and mobility problems are common. Foot and ankle injury treatment specialists are available at the Reconstructive Orthopedic Center of Houston. For more information, contact us today or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 1200 Binz St #100, Houston, TX 77004.
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What Foot & Ankle injuries do you treat?
What Should Someone Do After a Foot or Ankle Injury?
What happens if a foot or ankle injury goes untreated?
How can an orthopedist help with a Foot or Ankle Injury?
There is hope if you are unable to walk due to a foot or ankle condition. Treatment of most foot and ankle problems is best left to orthopedic surgeons.
A foot and ankle are complex structures made up of bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. The lower extremities are among the most used parts of the human body, so it’s no wonder they wear out so quickly. Due to the amount of time we spend on our feet, pain and mobility problems are common. The good news is that most foot and ankle problems can be treated by specialists, and they are often able to do so noninvasively.
Orthopedic foot and ankle specialists focus on the entire musculoskeletal system and can treat the body as a whole. Patients often benefit from a more holistic understanding, especially if their foot or ankle medical condition is related to an alignment issue elsewhere in their body. In order to provide complete foot and ankle care, a foot and ankle orthopedist has extensive training in the biomechanics of the entire body, which allows them to resolve problems at their root cause. This means regardless of the nature of the foot and ankle injury specialists at the Reconstructive Orthopedic Center of Houston are well equipped to treat it.
The basics of first aid for foot and ankle injuries are R.I.C.E: rest, ice, compression, elevation. The ankle or foot should not be put under weight until a doctor evaluates it, which should be done as soon as possible. Ankle or foot fractures and sprains that are ignored or are not treated properly can cause long-term chronic problems.
When a doctor examines an injury, he or she will ask how it occurred. Following that, the doctor will examine the ankle and foot to note how much swelling and bruising there is. A physical examination of the affected body part can be painful, as the doctor must move it in order to assess pain and swelling.
When it comes to foot and ankle injuries even the seemingly minor ones are capable of worsening without treatment. It can also be difficult for individuals who suffer from an injury to determine what does and does not constitute a minor injury. When these injuries go untreated individuals run the risk of worsening and longer-term symptoms. Furthermore, the absence of proper treatment opens them up to a greater risk of repeat injuries in the same area. Given the significance of the feet and ankles to overall mobility these are not injuries individuals should take lightly. The earlier treatment is sought the more efficient the recovery from injury will be and the more likely it is to be achievable in a noninvasive fashion.
A series of in-office exams or medical imaging tests will be conducted by your orthopedic surgeon before outlining a treatment plan for your foot or ankle pain. Other healthcare providers may also collaborate with your orthopedic surgeon to determine your best treatment plan. Your doctor will devise a treatment plan based on your unique needs and lifestyle once they understand the cause of your pain and the functional limitations of your foot and/or ankle issue.
Usually, your orthopedic surgeon will explore all non-surgical treatment options before recommending surgery. If you suffer from foot or ankle pain, weakness, or instability, surgery may be your best option. Many factors influence the type of treatment you receive, including the type, location, and extent of your injury or condition.
Foot and ankle injury treatment specialists are available at the Reconstructive Orthopedic Center of Houston. For more information, contact us today or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 1200 Binz St, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77004. We serve patients from Houston TX, Midtown TX, Montrose TX, MacGregor TX, South Central Houston TX, Old Braeswood TX, and surrounding areas.
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