Foot and Ankle Injuries Specialist

Podiatry & Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Live Oak, TX

Foot and Ankle Injuries services offered in Live Oak, TX

Foot and ankle injuries can affect anyone –– athletes and nonathletes alike. If you twist your ankle or drop something heavy on your foot, don’t wait to get treated. At Greater San Antonio Podiatry, experienced podiatrist Rolando Santellana, DPM, provides complete care for foot and ankle injuries. Using conservative treatments, he knows what it takes to ease pain and encourage the body’s natural healing process. To make an appointment, call the office in Live Oak, Texas, or book online today.

Foot and Ankle Injuries Q&A

What are foot and ankle injuries?

Foot and ankle injuries cause damage to your bones, joints, muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Injuries can occur due to a sudden impact or as a result of general wear-and-tear.

Regardless of the cause, if you injure your foot or ankle and it doesn’t improve with at-home treatments like ice and rest, contact Greater San Antonio Podiatry. After an exam and discussion of your symptoms, Dr. Santellana can make treatment recommendations.

What are some common foot and ankle injuries?

At Greater San Antonio Podiatry, Dr. Santellana treats various foot and ankle injuries, including:

  • Neuromas
  • Hairline fractures
  • Plantar fasciitis (chronic heel pain)
  • Heel spurs
  • Bunions
  • Sesamoiditis (inflammation of the sesamoids, two bones in the ball of the foot)
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Ankle sprains
  • Dislocated ankle joint

Dr. Santellana also treats foot and ankle fractures that cause bones to break into multiple pieces.

When should I see a podiatrist about foot and ankle injuries?

Make an appointment at Greater San Antonio Podiatry if you suffer a foot and ankle injury and it occurs alongside intense pain or sudden swelling. That’s especially true if there’s a visible abnormality, like a bone jutting through the skin, or you can’t place weight on the affected limb. 

How are foot and ankle injuries diagnosed?

At Greater San Antonio Podiatry, Dr. Santellana diagnoses foot and ankle injuries onsite.

First, he reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including when they started, if certain activities, like exercise, make them worse, and if you’ve tried conservative treatments like ice or anti-inflammatory medication.

Next, Dr. Santellana asks you to remove your shoes and socks. Then, he examines your feet, toes, and ankles, looking for redness, swelling, or bruising. Dr. Santellana also checks your muscle strength, range of motion, and flexibility. Last, he orders X-rays to look at your bones and joints.

After identifying the source of your symptoms, Dr. Santellana makes treatment recommendations.

How are foot and ankle injuries treated?

Treatment of foot and ankle injuries depends on several factors, including your age, the severity of your symptoms, and the injury type. Dr. Santellana might recommend:

  • Immobilization with a cast or a splint
  • Physical therapy
  • At-home stretches
  • At-home strengthening exercises
  • Mobility devices, like crutches, a cane, or a walker
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Activity modification
  • Ice
  • Rest

If your symptoms continue, worsen, or don’t improve, surgery might be necessary. If that’s the case, Dr. Santellana can refer you to a nearby orthopedic surgeon.

To explore the treatment options for foot and ankle injuries, make an appointment at Greater San Antonio Podiatry by calling the office or booking online today.