Feet and ankles have a big job. Unfortunately, Western society has helped to weaken these important body parts with shoes and flat paved walkways. Foot and ankle injuries can be caused by work-related injuries, sports injuries, or simple activities of daily living like walking. There are 26 bones in each foot and three bones in the ankle, giving you 29 possible places for a foot or ankle bone-related injury. But you’re in good hands – Mend Clinic is a specialty orthopedic clinic serving the Salem, Oregon community and we are happy to help.
Mend Clinic is your Salem ER alternative specializing in orthopedics. Feet and ankles are often taken for granted. However, even a seemingly small injury can be immobilizing, require time off of work or from sports, and even lead to permanent disability. Some of the most common foot and ankle injuries include:
The metatarsals are the long bones that take up the most real estate in your foot. They lead to the toes (phalanges) and, thanks to how much space they take up, are prone to fractures (broken bones). A broken metatarsal is usually caused by blunt force trauma, such as dropping a weight on the top of the foot. However, it can also be caused by sudden, sharp twists in the foot (such as from a sports injury).
Similar to metatarsal fractures, a toe fracture is usually caused by blunt force trauma. However, toes take up a lot less space. A toe fracture might also be caused by severe blunt force trauma head-on, such as a severe stubbed toe. In some cases, such as pinky toe fractures, the broken bone is so small that it still requires medical attention despite the fact that it might not be “re-set.”
Also known as a twisted ankle or “rolling” the ankle, most people have experienced an ankle sprain. Sprains happen when the ligaments are stretched, and perhaps even torn. Ankle sprains are common, but not necessarily minor. If you repeatedly and/or severely sprain an ankle, long-term joint weakness and pain can occur. Fast treatment from your Salem ER alternative clinic can help prevent chronic injuries. Usually, ankle sprains happen when there is a sudden shifting movement in the foot, like in soccer or football. This makes them common sports injuries.
An ankle fracture, or broken bone, can happen in any of the three ankle bones. The pain will be much more severe than a twisted or sprained ankle, and this fracture usually causes immobilization. Bones are living tissue, so getting an ankle fracture immediately treated by an orthopedic specialist is important. The ankle bone(s) need to be properly treated and set for fast, accurate healing.
Why would you see an orthopedic clinic for a toenail injury? Even a small laceration to the toenail bed can lead to complications, infections, and even permanent damage. Below the toenail bed is a sea of nerves and bone (phalange). Most toenail injuries are minor, but it’s still important to see a medical professional. Toenail injuries might occur from trauma (such as accidentally cutting the toenail or dropping something on it) or a repetitive injury, such as training for a marathon.
Tendinitis occurs when a tendon gets inflamed and swollen, but has not ruptured (yet). Tendons connect bone to muscle, and one of the most famous tendons is the Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon is the biggest tendon in the body, joining the calf muscle to the heel bone. Achilles tendinitis is commonly caused by severe or repetitive running, jumping, and walking. The Achilles tendon is strong, but not immune to tendinitis. See an orthopedic specialist immediately to avoid chronic tendon damage and get back to your sport or activities of daily living sooner.
Mend Clinic treats all types of foot and ankle injuries. Learn more about types of orthopedic injuries we treat, read reviews, and see why patients choose Mend Clinic as their ER alternative in Salem, Oregon. Book your appointment online, walk-in, or call (971) 204-8410 and avoid the wait and cost of the Salem ER, the busiest emergency room in the state.