Trauma Specialist

Eugene Rosenthall, DPM, FACFAS

Podiatrist located in Denver, CO

It’s easy to fracture, sprain, or strain the delicate structures in your feet, and these podiatric injuries can compromise your mobility and balance. At the Center for Foot and Ankle Care in Denver, Dr. Eugene Rosenthall helps patients recover from foot and ankle trauma. With reduced pain and inflammation, you can return to your normal activities and get on the road to healing. To learn how he can remedy your foot pain, call the office to schedule or book your appointment online.

Trauma Q & A

What causes foot and ankle trauma?

Foot and ankle trauma often result after a fall, trip, or sporting injury. They occur when the foot overextends in one direction or another or is forced to move in an abnormal direction. Some of the most common traumas include:

  • Ankle sprains (injury to the ligaments in the ankles)
  • Broken toes and ankles
  • Tendonitis (from overuse or repetitive movements)
  • Metatarsal and stress fractures

As you age, your risk of foot and ankle trauma increases, as it does with specific sports and activities that require repetitive motions. Ill-fitting shoes can also lead to foot trauma and injuries.

When should you see the doctor after foot or ankle trauma?

Dr. Rosenthall recommends seeking medical attention if you have severe pain, significant swelling, or an open wound. When you can’t walk, or your ankle can’t support your weight, you should seek an immediate medical evaluation.

Otherwise, Dr. Rosenthall suggests following a RICE protocol, where rest, ice, compress, and elevate your ankle. If your ankle trauma symptoms don’t start to improve in two to five days, he suggests scheduling an appointment.

Men, women, and children with diabetes should always seek medical attention after a foot injury. He also suggests making an appointment when you have any of the following symptoms:

  • A fever over 100℉
  • A wound that won’t heal
  • Persistent pain
  • Burning, numbness, or tingling
  • Signs of infection, including redness or warmth

If you don’t find yourself dealing with any of the above but still think you should see a doctor, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosenthall just to be safe.

What happens when you see a doctor after a foot or ankle trauma?

Dr. Rosenthall reviews your medical history and past injuries and performs a physical examination, where he looks for areas of inflammation, tenderness, fractures, or sprains. Expect him to check your range of motion and ability to bear weight.

He may X-ray the area or, in some cases, recommend a CT scan or MRI to obtain a more comprehensive picture of your foot.

How is foot and ankle trauma treated?

Treatment of trauma to the foot or ankle depends on your specific condition and symptoms. In minor cases, Dr. Rosenthall recommends the RICE protocol. For more severe conditions, he may recommend a brace or cast.

In extreme cases, you may require surgery, especially if you completely tear a ligament or have a fracture preventing your bones from aligning and healing correctly.

Dr. Rosenthall may teach you physical therapy exercises that help you recover. He usually implements these after your foot or ankle completely heals.

When you experience trauma to your foot or ankle, seek the help of a board certified ankle and foot specialist. Call Dr. Rosenthall’s office today to book your appointment or use the online scheduling system.

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