Foot And Ankle Trauma

Mercer Ocean Podiatry

Board Certified Podiatrists, Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Hamilton Township, Toms River, and Plainsboro, NJ

Without proper treatment, traumatic injuries can cause lasting damage to the complex structure of your feet and ankles. At Mercer Ocean Podiatry in Hamilton Township, Toms River, and Plainsboro Township, New Jersey, Frank Killian, DPM, FACFAS, Sameep Chandrani, DPM, AACFAS, and the team offer a number of treatments to relieve pain and help you regain mobility. To speak with the team about your foot and ankle trauma, call or book an appointment online today.

Foot and Ankle Trauma Q&A

What causes foot and ankle trauma?

Your feet and ankles are made up of dozens of bones, joints, and soft tissues that all work together to support your balance and mobility. Foot and ankle trauma can be caused by sports injuries, falls, vehicle collisions, and other types of accidents. 

Traumatic injuries can cause damage to any of the structures of your feet and ankles. These injuries typically result in sudden — sometimes severe — symptoms like:

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Difficulty walking
  • Inability to bear weight

Although foot and ankle trauma can affect anyone, there are certain factors that can increase your risks. Certain physical activities like running, soccer, and basketball can lead to foot and ankle trauma. Repetitive stress can also contribute to the development of foot and ankle trauma. 

What are common types of foot and ankle trauma?

Common types of foot and ankle trauma include:


A fracture is a common and painful injury that occurs when you experience a crack or break in one or more of your bones. A fracture can cause symptoms like swelling, redness, and bruising. 

In many cases, a fracture may cause an obvious deformity or even break through the skin. Although many fractures require surgery, some can be successfully treated with conservative care. 


A sprain refers to stretching or tearing of the ligaments that support your feet and ankles. Ligaments connect your bones and joints. 

Ankle sprains are the most common type of sprain. Sprains can easily result from falls, awkward movements, and repetitive stress. 

Achilles tendon rupture

Your Achilles tendon is a strong fibrous tissue that connects your calf to your heel bone. Achilles tendon rupture occurs when your Achilles tendon overstretches to the point of tearing either partially or completely. 

Many people who experience an Achilles tendon rupture hear a popping sound followed by sudden pain, swelling, and difficulty walking. 

What treatments are available for foot and ankle trauma?

Mercer Ocean Podiatry offers a number of treatments for foot and ankle trauma. During your appointment, the team performs a thorough evaluation to diagnose your condition and determine the best treatment for you. 

Depending on your diagnosis, treatment may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Rest, ice, compression, elevation (RICE)
  • Splints
  • Bracing
  • Physical therapy

If your condition is severe or doesn’t respond to conservative care, you may need surgery. The team of board-certified podiatrists and ankle surgeons at Mercer Ocean Podiatry has experience performing a wide range of procedures to get you the relief you need. 

For expert treatment of your foot or ankle trauma, book an appointment at Mercer Ocean Podiatry by phone or online today.




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