Falling and landing on your feet can cause a variety of different injuries – the specifics and severity of which will depend on the circumstances surrounding the fall accident. In this article, we are going to discuss a few of the most common foot and ankle injuries that can result from slip and fall incidents – and how to treat each!
When falling from a height (falling off a ladder for example), it’s common to land on the feet. Even minor falls can result in foot fractures, which can range from mild to severe. It’s best to seek medical attention for any foot injury sustained from a fall accident so you can understand the full extent of the injury and take the appropriate steps to treat your condition.
Ankle sprains are a common fall injury – particularly for falls from lower heights. Symptoms of sprains include pain, bruising, and swelling in the ankle. Mild sprains can often heal on their own – but more severe sprains may need further treatment. An orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist can explain all of your options.
There are 33 joints in the human foot. With such a high number of joints, it’s not entirely surprising that joint dislocations are quite common in fall accidents. Depending on how you fall (and how you land) joint dislocations can occur in the forefoot, midfoot, or hindfoot. Joint dislocation injuries often present with acute pain in the area, coupled with swelling. Your foot doctor can confirm a diagnosis with a physical exam and imaging tests. Treatment options may include rest, casting, or surgical intervention.
Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon in Knoxville, TN
Dr. Chad Ferguson is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the treatment of foot and ankle conditions and injuries. If you have sustained an injury or you’re experiencing foot or ankle pain, Dr. Ferguson can properly diagnose your condition and offer recommendations for treatment. With years of experience, Dr. Ferguson has the skills needed to appropriately address your foot or ankle condition – whatever it may be! Contact Dr. Ferguson at Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic today to schedule your appointment.