Injuries

If you have suffered a foot or ankle injury and have any of these symptoms, it is time to come in for an appointment:

  • Pain that persists for more than 72 hours
  • Swelling that persists for more than 24 hours
  • Pain which increases with walking or activity
  • Swelling at rest or with elevation of the legs
  • Any infection
  • Blister or wound
  • Loss of sensation, whether before or after the injury

Do not make assumptions about the severity of an injury. The symptoms of a broken bone and a sprain are similar. An X-RAY evaluation (done in our office) can determine the necessary treatment.

Special attention is needed for certain inviduals:

  • An injury in children near the growth plate (physis) can affect future growth of the child. Furthermore, young children may not adequately acknowledge their injury. 
  • Older adults are at higher risk because they lose muscle mass and bone strength as they age. They also often have more problems with vision and balance.

Common injuries include:

  • Contusion (bruise)
  • Dislocation (bone slipped out of place)
  • Fracture (broken bone)
  • Open wound
  • Sprain
  • Tendonitis

Initial treatment is PRICE:

  • Protection
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

If you sufferred an injury of your foot or ankle, call (847) 675-3400 or click here to schedule an appointment. Please notify the secretary of the severity of your injury.

Skokie Foot & Ankle Specialists, Ltd.
9933 Lawler Ave., Suite 315
Skokie, Illinois 60077
(847) 675-3400