Foot Injury – Carrollton TX
Dr. Keith A Heier is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in treating foot and ankle problems caused due to trauma or sports related injuries. Dr Heier performs complex reconstructions, including fusions, total ankle replacements, and arthroscopy.
Common Foot Injuries
Bearing the entire weight of the body, the foot is highly prone to stress and injury. Football players, dancers, and those involved in activities that require high usage of the foot are more likely to suffer from foot injuries. Read on to know more about the various foot injuries treated by the Dr. Heier in Carrollton TX.
Plantar fasciitis is a common foot injury occurring in middle-aged people. The condition is characterized by irritation, inflammation and immense pain in the foot, making it difficult for the person to stand, walk or get up from a seated position. According to the foot surgeon, the pain relievers, foot splints, orthotics and physical therapy greatly help in providing relief from the symptoms. Surgery or steroid injections may be recommended for treating the foot injury if the conservative methods do not work.
A Heel Spur refers to a small bony outgrowth in the heel bone (the Calcaneus bone). The condition is more common in people with Plantar Fasciitis. The common symptoms include inflammation and sharp pain while walking or standing. The condition may be treated using non-surgical methods like shoe inserts, orthotics, strapping the affected area, physical therapy and certain stretching exercises. However, if any of these methods fail to treat the foot injury, surgical removal of the spur may be necessary.
The ankle gets sprained if the ligaments of the foot get over-stretched or torn due to an injury. The condition mainly occurs when a person lands from slipping, awkward jumping or running on to an uneven surface. Difficulty in walking, swelling and pain in/around the ankle are some of the main symptoms of the sprain. The treatment for the foot injury generally with R.I.C.E. treatment (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation), followed by rehabilitation and strengthening exercises.
Achilles Tendonitis & Rupture
Achilles Tendonitis is a foot injury caused by Tendinitis, a condition in which the tendons become swollen and painful. If left untreated, the condition may cause the tendon(s) to tear partially or rupture completely. Achilles Tendonitis is characterized by pain, tenderness, swelling and stiffness in the affected area. People who participate in sports like Track, Gymnastics, Football, Baseball, Softball, Basketball etc are highly susceptible to the injury. According to the foot doctor, treatment methods like rest, ice pack, compression bandage, elevation, anti-inflammatory medications can help in healing the injury.
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the Tibial nerve (responsible for providing sensation to the bottom of the foot), gets compressed. The compression causes numbness, pain, tingling and burning sensation at the bottom of the foot. The foot doctor recommends RICE treatment procedure, along with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, casts, Orthotics and bracing to treat the injury. If necessary, surgery may be recommended by the foot and ankle surgeon.
For comprehensive treatment of a foot injury, visit the foot and ankle surgeon in Carrollton – Dr Heier. For appointment, call at (972) 492 – 1334.