Foot And Ankle Trauma Specialist

Kevin Blue, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine

Kevin Blue, DPM

Podiatrist located in Parker, CO

Foot and ankle trauma can affect anyone at any age, and it’s especially common among people who like to lead active lifestyles. As a top-rated double-board certified podiatrist in Parker, Colorado, Dr. Kevin Blue is skilled in diagnosing and treating foot and ankle injuries using advanced treatment options that are focused specifically on each patient’s needs. At Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine, patients of all ages can expect state-of-the-art care from diagnosis all the way through treatment and recovery.

Foot and Ankle Trauma Q & A

What are the most common types of foot and ankle injuries?

Foot and ankle trauma is pretty common, especially among athletes and active people like hikers, runners, and skiers. Your feet and ankles are composed of dozens of bones, ligaments, tendons, and other tissues, all of which can become injured in an accident or as a result of repetitive stress. Common injuries include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Fractures
  • Neuromas or other nerve damage
  • Lacerations
  • Deep bruises

Even a minor fall can cause an injury that can make it a lot harder for you to get around and enjoy your regular activities. What’s worse, some people are more prone to foot and ankle trauma than others. For instance, people with diabetes often have nerve damage or circulation problems that make injuries more likely.
And some foot conditions like bunions, arthritis, or plantar fasciitis can make injuries more likely, since these issues can change the way you walk, increasing the likelihood of:

  • Balance issues
  • Twisting injuries
  • Falls

What kinds of symptoms are associated with foot and ankle trauma?The symptoms of any foot or ankle injury will depend on the type of injury and its severity. Many injuries cause symptoms like:

  • Pain at the injury site or in the surrounding tissues
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Swelling and tenderness
  • Discoloration and bruising
  • Instability when attempting to bear weight on your foot

Some injuries like fractures or sprains can be accompanied by snapping noises, and severe fractures can cause hard lumps under the skin.

How does Dr. Blue diagnose and treat foot and ankle trauma?

Since foot and ankle trauma can have so many causes, Dr. Blue starts with a careful examination and evaluation of your foot and ankle, as well as a review of your symptoms, and what you were doing when the injury occurred. In most cases, he’ll also order diagnostic imaging like X-rays or CT scans, which he’ll use to help guide your treatment. Your actual treatment will be determined by the type of injury you have, your overall health, and other factors.

Options include:

  • Splints
  • Casts
  • Braces
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery to repair damaged areas

Dr. Blue will work closely with you every step of the way to ensure your treatment is tailored specifically for your needs, lifestyle, and goals.