Trauma Care From the Top Podiatrist Near You
Foot and Ankle Trauma
If you've sustained a traumatic injury to your feet or ankles, it's important to seek quality medical care as soon as possible. This type of injury can range from a simple sprain or strain to a more serious fracture or dislocation. In some cases, surgery may be required to correct the problem. No matter how severe your injury is, it's important to get it evaluated and treated by a qualified specialist.
At Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists, our team of specialists are highly experienced in caring for foot & ankle trauma and providing effective treatment for a range of toe, foot, and ankle injuries. As the second largest foot and ankle practice in Illinois, our physicians are highly trained in the most advanced procedures and technology, and we’re passionate about providing long-term, minimally-invasive relief.
Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists is now accepting walk-in appointments, and we proudly accept most major insurance providers. If you’re in need of ankle or foot trauma treatment from the best foot and ankle doctor near you, reach out and get started with us today.
Caring for Foot & Ankle Trauma
Traumatic Ankle & Foot Injury: When to See a Doctor
Foot and ankle trauma can happen in the most unexpected moments, from falling from a ladder to a sudden car accident. At Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists, we see all types of trauma cases, big and small.
There are different types of foot and ankle trauma, depending on the cause. Some of the most common types of ankle trauma we see at our practice include:
- Achilles Tendon Rupture: The Achilles tendon is the large tendon that attaches the calf muscle to the back of the heel. An Achilles tendon rupture is a complete or partial tear of this tendon.
- Ankle Fracture: A break in one or more of the bones in the ankle. These bones include the tibia (shinbone), fibula, and talus.
- Ankle Sprain: A ligament is a strong band of tissue that connects bones to each other. A sprain occurs when one or more of these ligaments is stretched or torn.
Some of the most common types of foot trauma we treat include:
- Nail Trauma: Commonly caused by an injury, such as kicking a door or dropping something on the toe, nail trauma can result in pain, swelling, and bruising. Subungual hematoma, or a blood blister under the nail, is a common type of nail trauma.
- Metatarsal Fracture: A break in one of the long bones in the foot, the metatarsals. These bones connect the toes to the rest of the foot.
- Heel Bone Fracture: A break in the bone that makes up the heel, called the calcaneus.
No matter what type of foot or ankle trauma you have sustained, the team at Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists is here to help. We can accurately diagnose your injury, then work with you to develop a customized treatment plan to get you back on your feet.
Treating Ankle Injuries from Falling & Sprains
Treatment for Ankle and Foot Sprain, Strain and Trauma
Most ankle and foot trauma can be treated with conservative measures, such as rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). For more severe injuries, such as fractures or tendon ruptures, more advanced treatment may be necessary.
The team at Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists will work with you to develop a conservative treatment plan that is right for you. We provide a range of non-invasive treatments for foot and ankle trauma, including:
- Forefoot Strapping: Used to treat metatarsal fractures and stress fractures, forefoot strapping helps to stabilize the bones in the foot.
- Cast Shoes: Cast shoes are often used to treat Achilles tendon ruptures and ankle fractures. They provide support and stability to the foot and ankle while the injury heals.
For some patients with severe fractures, however, surgery will be recommended as the best option for a full, long-term recovery. Using the least invasive techniques in the field, our team of expert surgeons can provide you with the care you need to get back on your feet.
If you have sustained any type of foot or ankle trauma, don't hesitate to call Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists. We accept walk-ins, and we can help you get the treatment you need to make a full recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are some of the most common causes of foot and ankle trauma?
Foot and ankle trauma can be caused by a number of different things, from falls to car accidents. Some of the most common causes of foot and ankle trauma we see at our practice include:
- Falls: Falling from a height, such as off a ladder or out of a tree, is one of the most common causes of ankle fractures.
- Car accidents: A car accident can cause a number of different types of foot and ankle trauma, from fractures to sprains.
- Sports injuries: Playing sports can put you at risk for sustaining a foot or ankle injury. Common sports-related injuries include Achilles tendon ruptures, ankle fractures, and metatarsal fractures.
If you have sustained any type of foot or ankle trauma, the team at Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists can help. We offer a full range of treatment options for all types of foot and ankle injuries, from conservative measures to surgery. Call us today to schedule an appointment.
What are some of the more advanced treatments you provide?
At Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle, we’re passionate about utilizing the latest techniques and technology to offer our patients the best outcomes possible following their treatment plan. To learn more about the more advanced treatments we provide for foot and ankle injuries, visit our page.
Do you accept insurance for treating ankle injuries?
Yes! Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists is proud to accept insurance from a wide range of providers across the Midwest, including Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and more. You can find our list of accepted providers on our page, and if you don’t see your provider listed, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly and knowledgeable staff to discuss your options.
How can I get started with the best adult & pediatric podiatrist near me?
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