Trauma Specialist

Family Foot Care

Podiatrist & Wound Care Specialist located in Berkeley Heights, NJ & Hackettstown, NJ

If you injure a foot, ankle, or toe, and you’re in severe pain, seek out trauma care from Gary Quartello, DPM, a board-certified podiatrist. At Family Foot Care in Berkeley Heights and Hackettstown, New Jersey, Dr. Quartello can resolve your pain with effective trauma treatments. Dr. Quartello provides attentive care to patients of all ages. To get started, reach out to Family Foot Care online or over the phone today.

Trauma Q&A

What is foot trauma?

Foot trauma is any injury to the foot, toe, or ankle. Trauma injuries can occur in many different ways, all of which fall into one of a few categories. These include:

Acute injuries

Acute injuries are those that happen suddenly, such as injuries from a fall, blow, or an object piercing the skin. Acute injuries also include those caused by abnormal twisting, jerking, jamming, or bending of a limb.

Common acute trauma foot injuries include:

  • Bruises
  • Puncture wounds
  • Strains (pulled muscles)
  • Sprains (joint injuries)
  • Broken bones
  • Bone dislocation
  • Tendon and ligament injuries
  • Crush injuries from when something falls on the foot

Acute trauma most often happens while you’re performing manual labor, including projects around the house, or when you’re playing a sport.

Overuse injuries

Overuse injuries are those that occur when you place too much stress on a joint or another type of tissue, such as a ligament. Overuse injuries can happen when you push yourself too hard during an activity or as a result of a repeated activity.

Examples of overuse trauma injuries of the foot, ankle, and toes include:

  • Plantar fasciitis - inflammation of the plantar fascia
  • Stress fractures or hairline cracks in the bone
  • Retrocalcaneal bursitis - inflammation of the bursa
  • Achilles tendonitis/tendinosis - the breakdown of the soft tissues in and surrounding the Achilles tendon
  • Metatarsalgia - pain in the ball of the foot

Overuse trauma can also cause sprains and strains.

When should you visit a doctor for foot trauma?

Sometimes, you can treat your foot trauma at home, but having a checkup after an injury is important to ensure you don’t develop a chronic pain condition or heal incorrectly. Also visit Family Foot Care if:

  • Your pain is severe
  • Your pain hasn’t gone away for a few weeks
  • You have swelling that hasn’t gone down after two to five days
  • Your foot is numb, tingling, or radiating a burning paid
  • You suspect you have an infection
  • You have diabetes

You need to seek immediate medical attention if you can’t put weight on your foot without severe pain, if you have an open wound, or if pus is exiting your foot.

How do you treat foot trauma?

When you visit Family Foot Care for foot trauma, Dr. Quartello starts by taking onsite X-rays.

After examining your injury, Dr. Quartello uses a few different factors to influence how he treats your trauma. These factors include:

  • How long ago the injury occurred
  • The location and type of injury
  • The injury’s severity
  • Your age and general health
  • Your daily activities (work, sports, hobbies, etc.)

Based on these criteria, Dr. Quartello may administer first aid with a splint, brace, or cast, or he may prescribe an orthopedic device, physical therapy, or medication. In extreme cases, he may recommend surgery.

If you’re suffering from unresolved foot trauma, or you’ve recently injured your foot, don’t let your pain fester. Reach out to Dr. Quartello at Family Foot Care today.