5 Foot and Ankle Symptoms You Should Not Ignore
By Ehren Allen, DPT/Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist
What are 5 Foot and Ankle Symptoms you Should not Ignore?
Whether you are a weekend warrior or a full-time professional athlete, foot and ankle pains will occur at some point in your life. If you are experiencing any of the following 5 foot and ankle symptoms, you should not ignore them! An Orthopaedic Surgeon and/or a Physical Therapist at JOI can put together a treatment plan for you and get you back to doing the things you love. If you are experiencing any of them, you should have an orthopedic consultation.
If you are tender on your foot or ankle, this could be a sign that there is significant inflammation in the area. While inflammation is typically associated with how the body heals itself, it could sign a sprain or strain, especially if there is localized swelling in the area.
2. “Pop” with Pain
If you hear a “pop” followed by immediate pain, you may have a serious injury on your hands. Everyone who has experienced a rolled ankle can tell you what “pop” sounds like and what it feels like. This may actually be the sound of fibers tearing inside an overstretched ligament or tendon. However, this sound could also indicate a broken ankle bone. It is very important not to ignore these injuries and consult an orthopedic specialist.
3. Bruising and Swelling
Increased bruising and swelling could indicate tissue damage inside the ankle or foot area. This tissue damage could be from a ligament, tendon, muscle, or even a bone. Patients with vascular disease or congestive heart failure may experience swelling in the feet as well. These are medical issues that need to be examined by a medical doctor.
4. Difficulty Standing
Even patients with a sprained ankle can often find that they can stand. If you are experiencing difficulty standing for any period of time, this may be the sign of a more significant injury such as a fracture.
5. Redness or Open Skin
Redness in the foot or ankle area may be an indication that there is an underlying infection in the foot or ankle. Open areas in the area could lead to infection, so it is very important to regularly inspect your feet and ankles. This is especially important for people that have diabetic neuropathies.
5 Foot and Ankle Symptoms You Should Not Ignore- Where do I get Treatment?
To schedule physical therapy at a JOI Rehab Center, please call 904-858-7045. You can now go to physical therapy without seeing a doctor for 30 days. To read more, go to Direct Access to Physical Therapy.
The Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute wants you to know that you should not ignore them if you have any of the above foot and ankle symptoms. We have the top Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Specialists in the area and can provide you with exceptional medical care throughout your journey. Let us get you back on the road to recovery! Call 904-JOI-2000 or click on the banner below to request an appointment.