Foot Injuries Specialist

Robert J. Landy, D.P.M. and Rachel B. Perl, D.P.M.

Podiatrists located in West Islip, NY & Hicksville, NY

You use your feet all the time. You use them to enjoy long walks, play sports, and go about your daily activities. Because you use them so much, they are prone to a host of injuries. The highly trained podiatrists at the practice of Robert J. Landy and Dr. Rachel B. Perl, D.P.M. in West Islip and Hicksville, New York, treat a wide range of foot and ankle injuries. If you have a foot injury, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

Foot Injuries Q & A

What are common foot injuries?

Each foot contains 26 bones and more than 100 tendons, ligaments, and muscles combined. Any one of these components can become damaged, irritated, or inflamed due to trauma or repeated stress. Dr. Landy and his team treat a variety of foot and ankle injuries, such as:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Foot fractures
  • Shin splints
  • Sports injuries

Fractured and broken bones are two terms that can describe the same condition. However, there are varying degrees of fractures. You can have something as minor as a hairline crack in your bone, or you can have an open fracture that causes the broken bone to protrude through your skin.

Severe foot and ankle injuries, such as open fractures, require immediate medical care. You should seek help right away if you can’t carry weight on your foot.

How do I know if I have a foot injury?

Immediate pain is the most prominent symptom of a sprain or fracture in your foot or ankle. Other common symptoms include:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Visible deformity
  • Difficulty bearing weight

Signs and symptoms of a sprain can be very similar to those of a broken bone. The only way to find out what type of foot injury you have is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Landy.

Who is at risk for getting a foot injury?

Men, women, and children of all ages can injure their foot or ankle. However, you may be at higher risk if you play a sport that requires a lot of jumping or ankle turning, such as basketball or soccer.

How do you diagnose and treat foot injuries?

First, Dr. Landy or a member of his team performs a thorough evaluation of your injured foot or ankle. They may ask how your injury occurred and take an in-office X-ray to determine the type and extent of your injury.

Then, they’ll recommend the best treatment for your condition. Depending on your injury and lifestyle demands, treatment for an injured foot may include:

  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation
  • Immobilization with a bandage or cast
  • Protective devices, such as an ankle boot

Severe fractures and ankle sprains may require surgery. Dr. Landy is an experienced and board-certified podiatric surgeon.

If you have a foot injury, call Robert J. Landy, D.P.M. or book an appointment online for expert care.