Tussey Mountain Foot & Ankle Specialists
Foot and Ankle Surgery & Podiatric Medicine located in State College, PA
Neglecting a foot injury could allow it to develop into a chronic (long-term) issue that impacts your ability to walk. At Tussey Mountain Foot & Ankle Specialists in State College, Pennsylvania, Andrew Bernhard, DPM, and Kaitlyn Bernhard, DPM, specialize in managing chronic and acute foot and ankle trauma. To schedule an evaluation and treatment consultation, call Tussey Mountain Foot & Ankle Specialists or book an appointment online today.
Foot and Ankle Trauma Q & A
What is foot and ankle trauma?
Foot and ankle trauma includes injuries affecting the various bones, ligaments, tendons, and joints in and around your feet. These injuries can happen very suddenly, like when you’re playing sports or are in a car accident, or they can develop over time due to constant pressure on the feet.
Your providers at Tussey Mountain Foot & Ankle Specialists start your visit with a physical examination, where they can evaluate the extent of your injuries and how much pain they cause you. They can use X-rays and other imaging tests to identify:
- Joint dislocations
Once they know the extent of your trauma and how it impacts your ability to stand or walk, your providers at Tussey Mountain Foot & Ankle Specialists come up with strategies to treat your injuries.
Which kind of foot and ankle trauma do I have?
Not all foot and ankle trauma is the same, and what was once a short-term problem can develop into a chronic issue without treatment. The specialists at Tussey Mountain Foot & Ankle Specialists can evaluate your injuries and determine the best course of treatment for you depending on if you have:
Acute trauma includes injuries and damages that are recent. It benefits from early interventions, which can stop it from developing into chronic trauma.
Chronic or neglected trauma
Chronic or neglected trauma is damage sustained by the foot and ankles that has been there for a long time. If you don’t receive the care you need for acute trauma initially, it can develop into a long-term issue that requires a different care approach.
What are my treatment options for foot and ankle trauma?
Treatments for foot and ankle trauma at Tussey Mountain Foot & Ankle Specialists include conservative treatments as well as surgeries to repair damaged structures. Most cases respond well to conservative treatment, but you might need surgery if your injuries are extensive or you have not responded to less invasive options.
Tussey Mountain Foot & Ankle Specialists treats foot and ankle trauma with:
- Walking boots
- Custom orthotics
- Athletic taping
- Physical therapy exercises
- Foot and ankle reconstruction surgery
Your providers follow up with you throughout the healing process to make sure you’re responding well to the care you receive.
To learn more about foot and ankle trauma and available treatments, call Tussey Mountain Foot & Ankle Specialists or book an appointment online today.
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