FAQs About Foot and Ankle Injuries

Answers you can trust from our experienced, NYC orthopedic foot surgeons

Have a question about your foot and ankle injury? Wondering how serious your injury is or what you should do next? Get accurate answers to your questions from an experienced New York orthopedic foot surgeon familiar with different types of injuries and effective ways to treat them. Schedule an appointment with Island Musculoskeletal Care (IMC Bone Doc).

We know what we’re doing because our doctors have more than 100 years of combined medical experience. We also realize that every foot and ankle injury is unique. That’s why we will take the time to properly diagnose you and find out exactly what’s wrong. Otherwise, you might not get the treatment you need to get your life back on track.

We also understand the urgency of your foot or ankle injury. You’re likely in a lot of pain and you want relief as soon as possible. That’s why many of our doctors have immediate appointments available the same day. Each one of our offices is equipped with advanced diagnostic equipment, including an MRI machine in each office.

What is your question about foot or ankle injuries?

These are just some of the most frequently asked questions about foot or ankle injuries. If you don’t see your specific question listed below, don’t worry. Simply make an appointment with one of our doctors. We can answer any questions you have about your injury in person.

Don’t underestimate the seriousness of your foot or ankle injury. If you are in pain, have trouble walking or have experienced any other common side effects of a serious foot injury, make sure you have a medical professional examine you right away. Many untreated injuries often only get worse over time.

You have questions. Our New York City orthopedic foot surgeons can help.

Information is power. The more you know about your foot or ankle injury, the better your ability to make informed decisions about your medical care. Contact us and schedule an appointment at one of our seven offices. IMC Bone Doc is an in-network medical facility. That means we accept most major forms of medical insurance. Simply make an appointment online or call 1-888-BONE-DOC (266-3362). Our experienced, New York orthopedic foot surgeons put your best interests first.

What are common foot and ankle injuries?

Serious foot or ankle injuries can cover a wide range. Many of the most common foot and ankle injuries involve fractures or broken bones in the foot or ankle. Other injuries can range from sprains to foot deformities, such as having flat feet, ankle instability or bunions. Whatever type of foot injury or illness you have, we want to help you get back on your feet and back to living your life to the fullest.

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What are common causes of foot and ankle injuries?

In general, foot and ankle injuries happen for three main reasons – a serious accident, long-term wear and tear or due to a deformity or abnormality in the foot. Whatever the cause, the result is often the same – foot pain and difficulty walking.

Our doctors can diagnose exactly what’s wrong with your foot. Since we have an MRI machine in each office and other advanced diagnostic equipment in-house, you won’t have to go to several different offices or wait for weeks to find out what’s wrong.

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What should I do if I think I have injured my foot or ankle?

See a doctor as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the worse your injury may become. Also, your symptoms could be a sign of a more serious injury or illness. That’s why we often have immediate appointments the same day at IMC Bone Doc in New York City and Long Island. We understand the urgency of your injury and we want to help you.

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Should I try to walk if I have a foot or ankle injury?

Without knowing the specific circumstances of your particular foot injury, we would not recommend trying to walk on your foot or ankle if you believe you have a serious injury, particularly a bone fracture. Walking on a broken foot or ankle might only make your injury worse. Seek immediate medical attention. Schedule an appointment with IMC Bone Doc.

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How do I know if I have a foot or ankle injury?

You know your body best. If your foot or ankle hurts or feels strange in any way, trust your instincts. Make an appointment with an experienced orthopedic foot surgeon at IMC Bone Doc. We can run medical tests, examine your foot and determine the severity of your injury. That way, we can recommend the best approach for treating your injury in a timely manner.

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How do I know if my foot or ankle injury is serious?

Without consulting with an experienced orthopedic foot surgeon, it’s often hard to tell whether you have a serious foot or ankle injury. That’s why we have MRI machines in each office, X-Ray machines and other advanced, diagnostic equipment. That way, we can figure out exactly what’s wrong with you and start treating your injury right away.

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How long does a foot or ankle injury normally take to heal?

There’s no set time limit when it comes to foot or ankle injuries. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may need several weeks or several months (or longer) for your foot or ankle to fully heal. After one of our doctors examines you, they can explain what sort of timeline you can expect for your foot or ankle to fully heal. Throughout your medical treatment, we will keep you thoroughly up to date on how your foot or ankle is healing and what to expect next.

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How long does a foot or ankle injury normally take to heal after surgery?

Again, everyone’s healing time is different but for many people, fully recovering from foot or ankle surgery often takes several months. During that time, you might not be able to walk or do many of the things you might take for granted. Often, such rest and recovery is an important part of the healing process.

Our doctors and other staff members will carefully monitor your progress after undergoing surgery. That’s because we realize that surgery is often just the first step on your road to recovery. Often, physical therapy is an important part of your recovery after surgery. That’s why we have a licensed physical therapist on staff in each one of our seven offices. We’re here for you every step of the way.

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How can an orthopedic foot surgeon help me with my foot injury?

Your pain and injury is real. Ignoring your foot or ankle injury will likely not make it better. That’s why it’s important that you have an experienced orthopedic foot surgeon examine your injury and determine exactly what’s wrong. Otherwise, your injury could get worse, and the pain you feel could become more severe.

We’re here to help you fully recover. Our doctors know what different symptoms mean. We know which treatments can often be effective. We are committed to making sure you receive the best possible medical care for your foot injury. That’s why our New York orthopedic foot surgeons have such a well-earned reputation for being top-notch doctors who put their patients’ interests first.

Learn more about how we can help you. Schedule an appointment at one of our seven office locations in New York City or Long Island. We often have immediate appointments available the same day. Whenever possible, we will do everything we can to make sure you receive all your medical care at one, convenient location.

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