Symptoms of sports injuries of the foot and ankle will vary greatly depending on the specific injury. With some conditions, the symptoms may not be noticeable at first, but may arise and worsen with continued overuse of the foot or ankle.
Symptoms may also be more noticeable during activities involved with the foot or ankle and may subside during rest. In more serious cases, such as trauma to the foot or ankle, symptoms will be immediate.
Symptoms of sports injuries to the foot and ankle may include:
- Pain, severe or dull
- Swelling and bruising
- Stiffness and restricted mobility
Depending on the severity of your injury, your doctor will typically begin diagnosis of the foot or ankle with a physical examination. The doctor will look for swelling and tenderness, as well as your range of motion and signs of pain. In some cases, imaging tests may be required to confirm the diagnosis, these may include:
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- Bone scan
- CT scan (computerized tomography)
- MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)