Ankle And Foot Trauma Specialist

Alicia Knee, DPM

Podiatrist located in San Francisco, CA

Trauma to the foot or ankle is common. Proper diagnosis and treatment helps ensure full healing, staving off potentially serious complications, such as chronic pain. Whether you need ankle joint replacement, deformity correction, fracture care, or related treatment, Alicia Knee, DPM, is pleased to provide effective options for people in San Francisco. Contact the offices at Alicia Knee, DPM, today to schedule a consultation or an appointment.

Ankle and Foot Trauma Q & A

What causes foot and ankle trauma?

Most everyone experiences minor issues with their feet or ankles at some point. In some cases, overuse or accidents cause more serious problems. Such injuries usually occur during work around the home, work-related physical tasks, or sports activity. If you’re an athlete, older in age, or frequently wear high heels, you hold higher foot and ankle trauma risks.

What happens when you sprain an ankle?

Ankle sprains occur when you tear ligaments of the ankle, usually on the outside, or lateral, area. It can occur along with a fracture, but usually takes place on its own. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and bruising called ecchymosis. If it’s severe, you may not be able to bear weight on the ankle.

How is an ankle sprain treated?

Sprained ankles usually don’t require surgery. Treatment typically involves resting, elevating, wrapping, and icing the ankle. If you can’t yet stand on the ankle, Dr. Knee may recommend a walking boot. Physical therapy also helps strengthen muscles surrounding the ankle.

How do you know if it’s a fracture?

Ankle fractures are more severe than sprains, but the symptoms are similar. The ankle is comprised of 3 bones: the tibia, fibula, and talus, any of which can break. Symptoms include immediate and severe pain, bruising, swelling, tenderness upon touch, an inability to put bear weight, and deformity. Immediate medical attention helps ensure proper diagnosis and treatment.

What’s the healing process like?

If there’s no damage to the ligament or mortise joint, ankle fracture treatment involves a brace or cast, which may later be replaced with a walking cast. Severe fractures may require surgery. Dr. Knee may insert a plate, screws, staples, or tension bands to secure the bone in place. A rehabilitation plan then helps you regain strength. Keeping weight off of your ankle as directed is equally important.

What’s a lisfranc fracture?

Linsfranc fractures are breaks in the midfoot bones, which are vital for stability. Often mistaken for a sprain, linsfranc fracture treatment is vital for preventing long-term complications. They can derive from a simple fall, and commonly affect soccer and football players. Symptoms include swelling and pain atop your foot, bruising on the bottom of your foot, and pain that worsens with walking or standing. Depending on the severity, surgery may be necessary.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

Dr Knee accepts most major PPO insurance plans. Here is list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
Medicare
United Healthcare