Dislocations Can Disconnect Your Stride


Dislocations involving your feet and ankles can be severely painful and require long periods of recovery due to the damage they cause. There may not be a break in the bone, but the harm is still uniquely severe. They can occur from motor vehicle accidents or other high impact traumatic forces. As the ligaments in your foot or ankle are damaged, dislocations become more probable. The ankle joint is crucial for stability and if damaged and dislocate as a result.

Symptoms of a foot or ankle dislocation include severe pain, the inability to move the joint, numbness, and severe inflammation. While all this is happening, there could also be potential damage to the foot’s nerves or blood vessels. In addition to the injuries associated with the dislocation, longer-term issues like arthritis can develop from damage to the cartilage in the injured region. Dislocations will mandate action because there’s no ignoring the toll it takes on your stride.

Treatment for dislocations in the feet and ankles includes:

●  Taking painkillers, other prescribed medications, and anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling and pain. Antibiotics can be helpful for preventing or dealing with potential infections.

●  Casts may be required to keep your foot and ankle immobile during healing.

●  Surgical procedures may be needed to reset bones to their correct locations. The type of surgery will depend on the severity of the injury that the dislocation caused to the structural integrity of your feet and ankles. The recovery period could take months to ensure that damaged joints become moveable and tendons are fixed.                             

One of the most important ways to guarantee a successful recovery is to find a trust-worthy podiatry practice. At Cange Podiatry Inc., our podiatrist, Darlyne Cange, DPM, can perform accurate diagnostic tests to determine the extent of injury to your feet and ankles caused by a dislocation. Dr. Cange will also provide you with treatment plans tailored to your specific injury. Contact us for an appointment at our Howard County locations in Ellicott City and Glen Burnie, MD. We look forward to hearing from you.