Our West Haven, CT Podiatrist Can Help You With Your Foot & Ankle Injury
SPORTS FOOT INJURIES
An athlete’s feet are under a lot of stress, making them especially susceptible to injury. When athletes push their bodies to perform, they put pressure on the feet. From training to competing, people who actively participate in athletic activity are constantly putting themselves at risk for injury. At Dr. Sean Lazarus’s office, we aim to treat sports foot injuries as quickly and efficiently as possible, helping athletes to recover and return to their usual activities in as little time as possible.
Depending on the severity of your foot injury treatments vary. If a bone is broken, our podiatrist may attempt to “reduce” the fracture, meaning the ends of the bones will be lined up to allow for proper healing. If “reducing” the fracture doesn’t work and the break is considered “unstable” surgery may be your next option. With surgery metal plates and screws are used to fix broken bones.
- Treatment for stress fractures include rest and immobilization. Your podiatrist will instruct you to stay off the injured foot until fully healed. Crutches and/or a special “boot” or cast may be used to immobilize the area.
- Treatment for sprains require immobilization. If your sprain isn’t severe you might be able to resume your activity quickly. If it’s a severe sprain, treatment may include wearing a soft cast or “boot” with the use of crutches until it is healed.
- Treatment for shin splints are an overuse injury of the leg which can be treated by custom orthotics.
Did you know…
that the feet must sustain up to 20 times a person’s body weight during certain sports activities? Perhaps that is why approximately 25 percent of all sports-related injuries involve either the foot or ankle. Nearly all sports and activities increase the risk of foot and ankle injuries, including:
FOOT & ANKLE TRAUMA
Injuries to the feet or ankles can effect your day-to-day tasks tremendously. Dr. Sean Lazarus’ goal is to find the source of the foot/ankle trauma and treat it to recovery.
What are the signs of a foot or ankle trauma?
- Pain & swelling is the most common sign of foot or ankle trauma. Bruising, dislocation, or deformity is common if the foot or ankle is fractured.
How will Dr. Sean Lazarus treat a foot or ankle injury?
Our Foot Doctor will determine the treatment depending on the extent and type of injury. The first step is to rest the injury, apply ice, and keep it elevated. Some foot and ankle injuries require surgery and rehabilitation, while others may require a cast or compression.