Injuries sideline you from the activities you love, whether you’re a competitive athlete or a weekend warrior. At Total Foot and Ankle in Enid, Oklahoma, board-certified podiatrist Scott Shields, DPM, specializes in sports medicine and injuries, providing comprehensive care that focuses on early intervention, conservative treatment, and prevention. Call the practice today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
Many injuries can affect your feet and ankles, including:
One of the most common sports injuries, an ankle sprain occurs when you twist or roll your ankle and stretch the ligament that supports it. Many mild sprains heal with time, but more severe injuries require professional care.
Fractures are partial or complete bone breaks. They can happen suddenly from direct impact or over time due to prolonged stress on the bone.
The Achilles tendon is the thickest tendon in your body, connecting the calf muscle to the heel bone and facilitating movement in the foot. It’s essential for walking, running, and jumping. Repetitive stress on this tendon can cause inflammation, chronic pain, and tightness.
The plantar fascia supports the arch of the foot and helps distribute body weight as you walk and perform other weight-bearing activities. When it’s inflamed or strained, you experience heel pain and discomfort, a condition known as plantar fasciitis.
These thick, noncancerous growths of nerve tissue tend to develop on the balls of the feet, between the third and fourth toes. They can cause pain, tingling, burning sensations, or numbness in the affected area due to compression and irritation.
At Total Foot and Ankle, sports medicine specialist Dr. Shields works with you to treat existing injuries and prevent recurrences.
An accurate diagnosis and professional treatment are essential to ensure proper healing, prevent complications, and optimize recovery.
Without expert guidance, you have a higher risk of inadequate healing, long-term issues, and decreased mobility that can affect your overall quality of life.
The best treatment for foot and ankle injuries depends on the extent of the damage. After a careful evaluation, Dr. Shields may recommend one or more of the following treatments:
Don’t wait to seek professional treatment for a foot or ankle injury. Whether you have a sports injury or a slip-and-fall, Total Foot and Ankle can help. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.
Notes: include sprains, fractures, Achilles tendonitis, and sports medicine/injuries