Whatever the reason you are injured, the pain can be limiting and may even make it so you can't walk.  There are multiple reaons that you could have hurt your feet:

  • I tripped down the stairs
  • I fell on the ice
  • I stepped in a hole
  • I tripped over a curb
  • I fell when running
  • I landed on someone's foot while jumping
  • I landed funny on my foot
  • I twisted my foot or ankle
  • I just stepped funny
  • I kicked a door frame (or something else)
  • I dropped something on my foot
  • I don't know what happened

Whatever the cause, foot or ankle injuries should be carefully treated.  To help you know what to do, I (Dr Gibson) will direct you to information I did when I broke my foot.

The First 48 Hours are important.
  This is when you can do some care at home and evaluate the problem.  If it is a severe injury, however, you should be seen ASAP by a specialist.  Early treatment can often mean early recovery.

When Should You Go To The Doctor?

If you are having severe pain, can't walk on the foot or are having increasing pain, it is always a good idea to be evaluated by a physician.  We can typically give you a reason for you pain and the extent of your injury quickly.  Here are the warning signs that should send you to the doctor:

  • Redness and swellilng extending up the leg
  • Severe swelling
  • Pain that doesn't allow you to walk on your foot
  • Deformity of the foot or ankle
  • Severe injury (such as fall from a height)
  • Visible wound or bone
  • Unable to get pain under control
  • Increasing pain over time

The truth is that you should seek for care if you are worried about the injury.  Best case scenario, there is only mild injury and you don't need to worry.  Worst case scenario, rapid treatment is important.  If you don't know, you should get evaluated.

Brandt R Gibson, DPM
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Podiatrist, Neuropathy Doctor, Father of 11 and Founder of Mountain West Foot & Ankle Institute