Foot and ankle injuries are common. Even a simple misstep can cause a painful ankle twist or break that requires weeks of recovery.
So, when should you see a doctor?
Dr. Hai-En Peng understands that no one wants an unnecessary doctor’s visit. However, as a skilled podiatrist, he highly recommends scheduling an appointment when you injure this part of your body.
If you’ve injured your ankle, here’s why you should schedule an appointment at Align Foot & Ankle Center in Camarillo or Santa Barbara, California.
It doesn’t take much to sustain an ankle injury. This joint has tremendous flexibility, allowing you to engage in activities from walking and running to jumping and dancing.
However, the tissue that holds the joint together and provides stability can only stretch so far. And, with the demands we put on our feet and ankles, the tissue can experience strain.
Common ankle injuries include the following:
These injuries can vary in severity, and some require more advanced medical treatment. However, any injury to the ankle can cause chronic instability in the joint.
Without an accurate diagnosis and treatment, even a minor ankle injury can increase your risk of additional problems in the future.
Dr. Peng recommends seeing an expert if you sustain any injury to your foot or ankle that causes pain, swelling, or bruising. That ensures you receive an exam with digital imaging to determine the extent of damage and the best treatment.
However, Dr. Peng suggests seeking emergency care if your foot or ankle symptoms include:
If you’re still unsure whether to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Peng’s office for personalized guidance on how to proceed.
Whenever possible, Dr. Peng relies on a combination of minimally invasive treatments for foot and ankle injuries, such as:
Dr. Peng also offers sports medicine services for injuries associated with athletic activities.
For severe foot and ankle injuries, Dr. Peng could recommend surgery. These treatments repair soft or hard tissue damage to restore function and stability.
In addition to treating your existing ankle injury, Dr. Peng also provides expert pointers on how to avoid ongoing problems in the future. That often involves maintaining muscle strength and flexibility, wearing activity-appropriate shoes that fit properly, and warming up before exercise.
Did you injure your foot or ankle? Don’t add to your recovery time — get a diagnosis today. Contact Align Foot & Ankle Center to schedule an exam with Dr. Peng at his office in Camarillo or Santa Barbara, California.