Find out the many ways a sports medicine podiatrist can help you.
Most athletes at some point during their lifetime will deal with foot or ankle problems. When this happens, it’s good to know that our Burnsville, MN, podiatrist, Dr. Fjelstad, can be there to help when you need it most. We know the last thing you want to deal with is a foot injury or condition that affects your exercise routine, so read on to learn more about the most common foot problems and what we can do to fix them.
More About Foot Injuries
Here are the most common foot ailments,
- Achilles tendinitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Strains and sprains
- Stress fractures
- Ankle sprain
- Heel spur
- Turf toe
It’s also common for athletes involved in contact sports to develop sprains and fractures. Of course, even runners are prone to stress fractures in the ankles and feet.
So, When Should You Turn to Our Burnsville Office for Help?
If you are dealing with a serious foot or ankle injury of any kind it’s important to get the problem assessed as soon as possible. Common signs of an injury include,
- Tenderness to the touch
- Pain when walking
- The inability to put weight on the affected foot
- A visible deformity
If in doubt, it’s a good idea to call your foot doctor to find out if your symptoms warrant an appointment. After all, when it comes to the health of your feet and ankles it’s always best to play it safe.
How Do I Care for My Foot Injury?
How you treat your condition will really depend on the type and severity of your injury. Those dealing with minor injuries may be able to care for their condition and ease symptoms through the RICE method, which stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. This simple solution can ease pain and swelling, allowing the foot time to efficiently heal.
When you come into our office for a diagnosis we will be able to discuss the different treatment options available to you depending on what’s going on. In more moderate or severe cases we may recommend,
- Corticosteroid injections (to ease severe pain or swelling)
- Ultrasound therapy
- Physical therapy
- Protective boot
- Surgery (rare)
Here at Foot and Ankle Physicians in Burnsville, MN, we are dedicated to making sure that you get the proper podiatric care you need. No matter what foot or ankle problem you may be facing, let us help you! Call us at (952) 435-2629 today.