Foot injuries include sprains, strains and fractures. These injuries are often soft tissue injuries that occur due to pulls, stretches or tears to the ligaments that connect the bones. The most common symptom is severe pain around the affected area. The pain can be very severe and leave the affected person incapable of being mobile. There can be numbness and tingling sensation at the affected area.
HOW IS FOOT INJURIES DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of foot injuries is based on specific symptoms. Orthopedicians may order for a foot X-ray or a CT scan to check for broken bones or joints or tendons. If a sport injury is suspected then MRI imaging may provide a better picture. A foot push up test may be useful in determining the strength of foot muscles. If the injury is due to an infection, then the cause of injury is determined.
HOW IS FOOT INJURIES TREATED?
Treatment for the toe, foot, or ankle injury may include first aid measures such as the application of a brace, splint, or cast, a special shoe (orthotic device), physical therapy, medicine, and, in some cases, surgery may be recommended.
DID YOU KNOW?
Warming up prior to physical activity can prevent ankle sprains and fractures. Wearing proper shoes can help prevent foot injuries.