The feet and ankles are responsible for bearing the weight of the entire body and supporting the body in walking, standing, running, jumping, and more. As a result of falls, trauma, overuse, or wear and tear, a number of foot and ankle injuries can develop. Dr. Marans treats foot and ankle injuries with non-surgical methods and with surgery as necessary.
Every situation is unique, but many foot and ankle injuries can be treated non-surgical. Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) can often alleviate issues like sprained ankles and Achilles tendonitis. Simple fractures can be treated with casting or splinting. Physical therapy can be used to treat a wide range of foot and ankle problems.
Foot and Ankle Surgery
On the other hand, severe issues or problems that can’t respond to conservative methods need to be treated with foot and ankle surgery. During foot and ankle surgery, the doctor opens up the affected part of the foot or ankle and treats it. This can involve a wide range of foot and ankle surgery techniques, from repairing tendon and ligament tears to performing open reduction and internal fixation on broken bones.
When to See a Doctor
Some foot and ankle conditions occur as a result of trauma, and it’s immediately obvious because of the pain and difficulty moving the foot that something is wrong. If severe pain occurs or you are unable to move the foot, you should see a doctor or go to the hospital immediately. If pain is mild to moderate, you may use RICE for a few days and then decide whether to call a doctor.
Other times, the condition develops slowly over time. It’s important to recognize that having foot or ankle pain on a regular basis isn’t normal, and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Howard Marans if you notice symptoms.
Our mission is to treat all patients in a professional, timely manner. Optimal outcomes depend on accurate diagnosis, a complete explanation of treatment options and expectations and finally precise execution of the chosen treatment whether non-surgical or surgical.