Foot And Ankle Trauma

Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Mexico

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Albuquerque, NM, Rio Rancho, NM, South Valley, NM, Edgewood, NM & Grants, NM

Each foot and ankle contains 26 bones, 30 joints, and more than 100 muscles, any of which can sustain trauma. The expert team at Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Mexico diagnoses and treats foot and ankle trauma at their five convenient locations in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, South Valley, Edgewood, and Grants, New Mexico. Call the nearest office or request an appointment online for specialized treatment of foot and ankle trauma.

Foot and Ankle Trauma Q & A

What is foot and ankle trauma?

Your feet and ankles endure a lot of pressure from carrying you throughout daily activities and participating in sports. This heavy use increases your risk of foot and ankle trauma. 

The team at Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Mexico treats all types of foot and ankle trauma, including:


Foot and ankle fractures occur when one or more of the bones in your foot or ankle breaks. Fractures range in severity from small cracks that are barely visible on an X-ray to completely shattered bone.

Sprains and strains 

Sprains occur when a ligament stretches beyond its means and tears. There are various grades of sprains, from slight tearing to a complete ligament rupture. Ankle sprains are among the most common sports injuries. 

Strains are similar to sprains, but they affect tendon and muscle tissue. The Achilles tendon at the back of your ankle is a common site of trauma.


Puncture wounds may result from stepping on a sharp object, such as broken glass, or from direct impact, like a dropped kitchen knife. 

What causes foot and ankle trauma?

Foot and ankle trauma can be sudden (acute), or gradual. Acute trauma usually results from an accident or fall, while injuries that develop gradually are typically due to overuse. 

Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis are two examples of foot and ankle injuries that develop slowly as the result of overuse. 

When should I see a podiatrist for foot and ankle trauma?

The podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Mexico have specialized training in foot and ankle trauma. You should schedule an appointment any time you have foot or ankle pain that follows an injury, or if you experience symptoms like swelling, tenderness, or difficulty walking.

How is foot and ankle trauma diagnosed and treated?

First, the team at Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Mexico asks how the trauma occurred. They thoroughly review your symptoms and medical history and perform a physical exam. They may also take tests, like an on-site X-ray or ultrasound, to confirm your diagnosis.

Then, they create an individualized treatment plan for your specific type of foot and ankle trauma. This may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Medications to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Medications to fight or prevent infection
  • Custom orthotics
  • Immobilization in a cast, brace, or boot

If your injury is severe, or if conservative treatments aren’t effective, you may need foot and ankle reconstruction. 

For expertise in foot and ankle trauma care, call Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Mexico, or book an appointment online today.