Marc Haspel, DPM
COMPREHENSIVE CARE FOR FOOT & ANKLE INJURIES SERVING THE CLIFTON, NJ AREA
Foot and Ankle Injuries
Many of my patients present with foot or ankle injuries. These injuries could be the result of simply tripping on the stairs, stepping on a foreign object while barefoot or from playing their favorite sports activity.
At our practice we treat a wide variety of foot and ankle injuries which can be very painful and disabling including:
- foot and ankle fractures
- ankle sprains
- tendon problems
If you have injured your foot or ankle, be sure to see a podiatrist for treatment
and in the meantime, remember RICE.
As a podiatrist I'm specially trained to treat foot and ankle injuries with the latest treatment modalities and best outcomes. We can often see you immediately on the same day of your injury. Please give us a call if you are seeking emergency treatment for your condition and we'll take good care of you.
Ankle sprains are an extremely common injury. They involve possible joint damage resulting in swelling,instability and pain, to more severe damage, such as torn ligaments,bruised cartilage and broken bones. Immediate treatment includes rest, ice, compression and anti-inflammatories.
Unfortunately, as many as 80% of untreated sprained ankles result in prolonged symptoms. These can include chronic pain or ankle instability, that makes a person prone to repetitive injury later in life and arthritic changes.
In our practice, we utilize the latest technology to determine if there is a fracture, dislocation or torn ligaments. If you've sprained your ankle or have a history of ankle sprains, early evaluation and aggressive treatment is the best way to avoid chronic pain, instability and arthritis of the involved joints.
Come in immediately to be evaluated and to learn more about all of your treatment options.
Foot and Ankle Fractures
A Broken Bone is also known as a fracture. There is a common misconception that a broken bone is worse than a fracture. In reality they are the same.
There are many different types of fractures or breaks. A bone can be broken and the fragments can be out of position. We call this a displaced fracture. Conversely, if they are in good alignment it's called a non-displaced fracture. If a bone is broken and you can barely see it on an x-ray, it is a hairline fracture. Finally, if a bone is broken and one of the fragments has punctured the skin, we call this an open or compound fracture. Since open fractures can easily become infected immediate surgical management is required.
Broken bones are usually splinted initially to prevent bone movement and further damage to the soft tissues that surround them.If the fracture is displaced it may need to be set. In certain fractures, setting them can be difficult. In these types of fractures, surgery is also indicated. This will provide the best opportunity for healing.
Even though all of this sounds very scary, most fractures can be managed in a cast without going to the OR. Even simple fractures of the toes respond very well to this treatment. And yes, we do put casts on toes. Not the plaster or fiberglass most people think of. Instead, we use a mesh tape which holds the toe in place.
If you, or someone you know has sustained an injury to the foot or ankle we will make every attempt to see you ASAP. usually the day you call.