The minute it happened, you knew you weren’t going to walk away. A fall, a hard landing, a car accident—nearly any incident can result in a serious foot and ankle injury. However, the treatment you choose can make the difference between a full recovery and an injury that lasts for the rest of your life.
We Provide Lasting Treatments for Foot and Ankle Injuries
At Sierra Foot & Ankle, we don’t just patch you up and send you on your way. We know that every injury has a cause and effect, and identifying the factors in your accident will help you avoid complications in the future. We carefully examine your injury to find a treatment method that will give you the best chance of recovery, as well as help you prevent the injury from causing you pain in the future.
We can provide guidance and correction for many foot and ankle conditions, including:
- Ankle sprains. A sudden misstep can easily cause a patient to “roll” his ankle, causing a sprain in the joint. In many cases, sprains will need rest and immobility to heal, and can be successfully treated with casts, braces and crutches to reduce weight on the ankle.
- Plantar fasciitis. Irritation of the ligament on the bottom of the foot can cause a chronic, painful condition called plantar fasciitis. We can relieve the pressure on the ligament with custom orthotic inserts and help stretch the ligament to ease the tightness. If the ligament is pulling on a bone spur in the heel, our podiatrist Victoria Melhuish can surgically re-shape the heel bone to correct the problem.
- Broken ankle. Violent twisting of the ankle or landing with extreme force can cause a break (or fracture) in one or more bones of the ankle. Treatments for a fracture may range from wrapping and resting the ankle to casting, depending on the severity of the break.
- Crush injuries. A crush injury in the foot is a serious, hard-to-manage condition that must be treated quickly. These injuries usually involve multiple fractures and damage to the soft tissues, requiring reconstruction and immobilization of the foot. If the patient does not receive proper casting, splinting, and repair, he may suffer compartment syndrome, a condition where pressure builds within the injured tissues and blocks blood flow. Compartment syndrome may require surgery to prevent blood clots, tissue death, or even amputation.
- Ankle instability. If an ankle has suffered multiple injuries in a patient’s lifetime, the patient may suffer a loss of stability in the affected leg. Many patients may have stability restored by shortening the ligaments in the joint, or by removing a tendon from elsewhere in the body and using it to stabilize the ankle.
- Arthritis injuries. Stiffness in the heel, big toe, and ankle joint may result from arthritis, and may even prevent the patient from walking or even bearing weight on the affected leg. At Sierra Foot & Ankle, we take a whole-body approach to arthritis pain, and can treat your condition with custom shoe inserts, steroid injections, physical therapy exercises, and weight control options to keep you moving and pain-free.
- Achilles tendon injury. An injury to the Achilles tendon—the long tendon running along the back of the heel—can prevent a patient from walking, running, and jumping. If non-surgical methods do not restore lost function, surgery may be needed to repair the damage.
Our staff will make every effort to see you same-day if you need immediate help. If you want fast, stable recovery from your injury, call Sierra Foot & Ankle in Carson City and Gardnerville, NV today at 888-608-8406.
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