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Common Injuries That Can Still Leave You Sidelined

22 Jan Common Injuries That Can Still Leave You Sidelined

Our feet and ankles deserve attention and respect. They certainly earn it, working hard to bear our weight and keep things moving. Unfortunately, constant effort means they’re susceptible to injury. Alta Ridge Foot Specialists is all about getting you back to activity with the commitment you need and the compassion you deserve. That’s why this blog is going to explore three of the most common foot and ankle injuries we treat, with tips for prevention and treatment every step of the way.

Here are the three most common foot and ankle injuries we treat:


  1. Ankle Sprains

Treatment Tips:
  • Rest the ankle, apply ice packs for 20 minutes at a time, wear a compression bandage, and elevate your foot above your heart to reduce swelling.
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers help manage discomfort.
  • Seek medical attention if the pain is severe or doesn’t improve within a few days.
  1. Plantar Fasciitis

  • Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the connective tissue band (plantar fascia) running along the bottom of your foot.
  • It often manifests as a stabbing pain in the heel, especially in the morning or after periods of rest.
  • Choose shoes with good arch support and cushioning to absorb shock.
  • Stretching your feet and calves regularly can also help prevent plantar fasciitis.
Treatment Tips:
  1. Fractures

  • Fractures can cause intense pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking or putting weight on your foot.
  • Strengthening your bones and muscles through exercise can help with prevention.
Treatment Tips:
  • Immediate medical attention is essential.
  • Treatment may involve casting, splinting, surgery, or a combination of approaches.


Don’t get sidelined by common foot and ankle injuries. At Alta Ridge Foot Specialists, Dr. W. Aaron Broyles, Dr. Robert L. Van Brederode, Dr. Thomas Verla, and the rest of our staff at our Mars Hill, Spruce Pine, and Boone, NC, offices are here to help with any of your foot concerns. Contact us at one of our three locations today to make an appointment.