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By Colorado Foot and Ankle
January 15, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Sprain   Fractured Foot   Broken Bone  
Did I Break My FootWhether you took a bad tumble or your child had a rough collision while playing sports, it’s important that you do not just recognize the signs of a broken foot but that you also seek immediate medical attention. Of course, we know that it isn’t always easy to differentiate a break from a sprain. Here are some signs that your foot is broken and need to be seen by a qualified podiatrist,
  • Pain that occurs immediately after an injury or accident
  • Pain that is directly above a bone
  • Pain that is worse with movement
  • Bruising and severe swelling
  • A cracking sound at the moment of injury
  • A visible deformity or bump
  • Can’t put weight on the injured foot
If you or your child is experiencing symptoms of a fractured foot or ankle they must turn to a podiatrist for care. We can diagnose, set, and treat all types of fractures; however, if the bone is dislocated or looks severely broken (a visible bump or deformity appears on the foot) it’s a good idea to head to your local ER.
 
How can I tell the difference between a break and a sprain?

The symptoms of a sprain are far less severe. You can often put weight on the injured foot with a sprain; however, you may notice some slight pain and stiffness. You may also have heard a popping sound at the moment of the injury with a sprain, while a broken bone often produces a cracking sound. The pain associated with a sprain will also be above soft tissue rather than bone. A podiatrist will perform an X-ray to be able to determine if you are dealing with a break or a sprain.
 
How is a broken bone in the foot treated?

Rest is key to allowing an injury, particularly a fracture, to heal properly. Along with rest, your doctor may also recommend either an over-the-counter or prescription-strength pain reliever, depending on the severity of your fracture. Those with more moderate to severe fractures may require a special boot, brace, or splint. Those with more severe fractures may need to wear a cast and use crutches, so they can avoid putting any weight on the foot.
 
If you are on the fence about whether or not to see a podiatrist about your injury, why not simply give us a call? We can discuss your symptoms on the phone to determine whether we can take a wait-and-see approach or whether you need to come in right away for care.

By Colorado Foot and Ankle
January 06, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Foot Surgery   Ankle Surgery  

You may have experienced foot and ankle pain on occasion following exercise, a long day on your feet, or a trip or fall. In most cases, the discomfort dissipates after rest, icing, or with the aid of a pain reliever. But if your pain is constant and severe, you may require foot and ankle surgery to have you back on your feet comfortably.
 

If you are experiencing stiffness, swelling, immobility, or unbearable pain, now is the time to contact Colorado Foot and Ankle, located in Colorado Springs, to see if you are a candidate for foot and ankle surgery.
 

What are the signs I may need foot and ankle surgery?

  • Re-injury to the foot or ankle
  • Decreased mobility
  • Chronic aching
  • Persistent stiffness
  • Swollen joints
  • Impaired foot or ankle flexibility
  • Pain that is unresponsive to icing, rest, or medication
  • Development of bunions, hammertoes, or chronic blisters
  • Bone spurs, arthritis, or nerve enlargements between your toes
  • Severe sprains or fractures
  • Flat feet
  • Severe bunions or warts

How long is the recovery from foot and ankle surgery?

At our Colorado Springs office, we can generally perform your foot and ankle surgery on an outpatient basis, so you can return home soon after the procedure. If you were given anesthesia during your surgery, you may need to wait a bit longer before going home.
 

Your podiatrist at our Colorado Springs office will give you instructions on caring for yourself and promoting recovery following your foot and ankle surgery. You will likely be advised to keep your foot and ankle immobile during the healing period, and your podiatrist may suggest the use of a splint, cast, or special shoe during the recovery process. You will need to limit putting weight on your foot and ankle until your podiatrist gives you the OK to resume normal activity.
 

For more information on foot and ankle surgery, call our Colorado Springs office today at 719-475-8080.


By Colorado Foot and Ankle
January 04, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Blisters  
What To Do About BlistersEverything from wearing shoes that are a little too loose to increasing the number of miles you run can leave you dealing with painful blisters on your feet. Blisters can be quite a nuisance, making it difficult to move around, especially when wearing shoes. If you deal with blisters rather regularly here are some simple ways to treat the problem.
 
Keep the Blister Intact

If possible, try to keep the blister intact. Do not try to pop or drain a blister that hasn’t popped on its own. It’s important not to put pressure on the blister, so avoid any shoes that may be too tight. If you’re going to put on shoes, make sure to apply a bandage (some band-aids are designed specifically for covering blisters) to the area first.
 
Keep Popped Blisters Clean

If the blister popped on its own, clean it with warm water soap (do not use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on the blister). Once the area is clean, apply an over-the-counter antibiotic cream to the area and apply a bandage over the blister. These simple steps can prevent an infection from occurring.
 
Drain the Blister Yourself

You should only drain a blister if it’s very large, painful, or affects your ability to move. In this case, you should sterilize a needle with alcohol and then make a small hole in the blister to let it drain. You may need to carefully squeeze the blister to help it drain fully. Once the blister has drained, rinse out the area with soap and warm water before applying antibiotic cream to the area and placing a bandage over it.
 
Replace Bandages Daily

You mustn’t keep the same bandage on your blister day in and day out. You should check the blister every day to make sure it isn’t infected. You should clean the area daily with soap and water and then reapply another bandage.
 
Of course, if you have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet, you mustn't try to drain or treat the blister yourself. Even something as small as a blister could become infected or lead to serious complications. You should see your podiatrist right away for any blisters that develop on your feet.
 
If you develop signs of infection such as pus, increased redness, or swelling of the blister, you must see your podiatrist right away for treatment. While blisters aren’t usually a cause for concern in most healthy individuals, it’s also important that you practice good foot care to prevent blisters from happening.