Top 5 Foot and Ankle Injury Symptoms You Should Not Ignore
Foot and ankle injuries are some of the most common types of injuries to befall adults. In fact, millions of Americans address potential foot and ankle injuries with their doctors each year, from fractures to sprains and everything in between. However, it can sometimes be difficult to know whether or not the pain you feel in your feet is because of general soreness or signs of a more serious injury.
To get ahead of a potential injury, here are some of the most common foot and ankle injury symptoms that you should not ignore.
Common Foot and Ankle Injury Symptoms
Pain when standing or walking
One of the most common signs of a foot or ankle injury is pain—especially when you bear weight on the affected foot. However, because the line between experiencing soreness in your feet verses dealing with serious pain varies from person to person, the best way to differentiate the two is by actively locating the source of the pain. If you feel pain in both feet, then you may just need to rest. If the pain distribution isn’t even and is felt more on one foot rather than both, then it is a good indication that you may have a foot or ankle injury.
Tenderness around your foot and ankle
Another way of determining you have a foot and ankle injury is through touch. While general soreness may be helped by a foot message, pain from an injury will only feel worse if touched. Therefore, if you feel throbbing pain when you touch your foot or ankle, then you likely have suffered an injury.
Foot and ankle bruising and swelling
Another noticeable indication that you likely have a foot or ankle injury is visible bruising and swelling of your feet.
Instability in the ankle
An unstable ankle is one of the most obvious indications of an ankle injury because it will directly impact and limit your day-to-day routine.
Restricted range of motion
The most pressing symptom of a major foot or ankle injury is experiencing restricted range of motion. If you suddenly have difficulty walking, exercising, or standing for long periods of time, then something is clearly wrong. Do not ignore these symptoms and contact your local orthopaedic doctor to examine your foot or ankle injury.
Experienced Foot and Ankle Injury Specialists in St. Augustine
If you’re struggling with any of these symptoms, it is possible you have suffered a foot or ankle injury like a tear, sprain, or fracture. Fortunately, the orthopaedic specialists at Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine are knowledgeable and prepared to evaluate and treat your foot or ankle injury, alleviate your pain, and help you regain your full range of motion.
Book an appointment with us today by requesting one online or giving us a call at 904-825-0540.
Kurtis Hort, MD
Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a member of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. Dr. Hort specializes in reconstructive procedures of the foot and ankle.