Three Reasons Why Physical Exams Are Crucial After Foot/Ankle Injuries

Posted on 
November 8, 2022

A fourth of all athletic injuries relate to the foot and ankle, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons tells us. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Andrew Wohler agrees, naming sprained ankles, ruptured achilles tendons, and foot and ankle fractures as the most common conditions he treats at Forté Sports Medicine and Orthopedics. Introduced to orthopedics after suffering an injury himself as a college athlete, Dr. Wohler considers helping restore patients' quality of life as the best part of his job.

Foot and ankle injuries can happen not only during competitive or recreational sports but can occur as a result of simple day-to-day activities. “My biggest recommendation for patients who have an acute injury to the ankle would be to stay off the foot/ankle as much as possible and present for evaluation sooner rather than later to prevent further damage,” Dr. Wohler advises.

Three reasons why an evaluation is vital after a sudden foot/ankle injury:

  • A physical exam is crucial to reach an accurate diagnosis.
  • X-rays can rule out acute fractures or dislocations.
  • If symptoms linger, an MRI may be needed to detect tendon tears or cartilage injuries to the ankle.

As the foundation of our bodies, our feet and ankles play an essential role in our everyday activities. Our team of fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeons and integrated physical therapists have the experience and passion to get you back in action. Request an appointment online or by calling 317.817.1200.  

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