Trauma Related Injuries

Similarly to sports-related injuries, “trauma related” describes the cause of the injury, and will typically lead to an alternate diagnosis, describing the injury itself. Traumatic injury is a general term that can be used to describe a sudden onset injury that requires extensive and immediate attention. This can mean, breaking, tearing, burning, cutting, straining of any part in the foot and ankle.

Symptoms

Because traumatic injuries can vary so much, it is important to get your symptoms assessed by a podiatrist. This also allows for early intervention, preventing extensive or permanent damage.

  • Throbbing pain
  • Increasing pain when active
  • Swelling
  • Deformities
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness

Treatment

After assessing the injury, your podiatrist may recommend one or more of the following treatments.

  • X-rays
  • Icing
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Antibiotics: If the injury is at risk of an infection, antibiotics will be prescribed
  • Exercise adjustments
  • Splinting or bracing the ankle to immobilize it

If the injury permanently detaches, breaks, or fractures a tendon, ligament, muscle or bone, your surgeon may recommend surgery to repair the damage.