Trauma Specialist

Centennial Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists located in Aurora, CO

Whether you have a bad fall, take a hit during a game, or have another type of injury, foot and ankle trauma can leave you stumbling around for days, or even weeks. Before your foot or ankle injury gets worse, book an evaluation with leading podiatrist Erik Thelander, DPM, FACFAS, of Centennial Foot and Ankle Specialists. Dr. Thelander and his experienced team in Aurora, Colorado, can help with ankle sprains, broken bones, and everything in between. Click the online scheduling feature or call the office to book your appointment.

Trauma Q & A

What causes foot and ankle trauma?

Your feet and ankles are responsible for bearing your entire body weight. But one wrong step or twisting motion while running, walking, playing sports, or going down stairs, and you can have a serious issue. Some of the most common types of foot and ankle trauma include:

  • Bone fractures, including stress fractures
  • Ankle sprains
  • Sports injuries
  • Achilles tendon rupture

Even if you’re not in agonizing pain right away, you still need to get a thorough diagnosis and start treatment quickly. Otherwise, you risk living with foot and ankle instability, which can drastically increase your risk of future injuries.

When should I see a doctor for foot or ankle trauma?

Slight pain, swelling, and discomfort probably aren’t anything to worry about, but because something as simple as a minor ankle sprain could have the same signs as a broken bone, schedule an evaluation at Centennial Foot and Ankle Specialists as soon as your injury occurs. Otherwise, your injury might not heal correctly.

It’s time to see Dr. Thelander and his team if you experience:

  • Severe pain
  • Open wounds or bumps
  • Redness or warmth over the injury
  • Worsening swelling or inflammation
  • Inability to bear weight on the affected foot

These warning signs could let you know that you have a more serious condition or infection that warrants immediate medical attention.

How are foot and ankle trauma treated?

Your foot or ankle trauma treatment depends on your specific diagnosis, activity level, and previous medical history. It’s possible that you may need:

  • Casts, splints, or boots
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Customized exercise plan
  • Electrical stimulation therapy
  • Personalized supportive orthotics

Dr. Thelander and his team at Centennial Foot and Ankle Specialists even specialize in the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques, just in case you do need surgical repair. From reconstructing ligaments to implanting supporting plates and screws — for fractures — you can expect compassionate, quality care if you need foot or ankle surgery.

Because foot or ankle trauma can lead to chronic pain and long-term issues, it’s important to book an evaluation at Centennial Foot and Ankle Specialists right away. Schedule through the online booking system, or call the clinic.