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If you or a family member has experienced a foot or ankle injury during hours when our office is closed you can avoid the ER or urgent care center that will likely refer you to a foot and ankle specialist in the next few days. Instead, after regular office hours our physicians are available by phone to schedule after hours urgent care visits. Even if it's the weekend, our podiatrists will do their best to meet you at the office for an evaluation and treatment. To speak with a Texas Foot Surgeon physician to determine if an after hours urgent care visit is advisable call us at (855) 362-7225.
When is it Urgent to See a Specialist About a Foot or Ankle Problem?
Most people know when they have a medical emergency. But when should you seek urgent care? Under what circumstances could you save the cost of an ER visit, avoid treatment delays and a separate trip to a specialist and/or medical supply store?
Frequently there is a fine line between making the decision to seek urgent care versus toughing it out with a home remedy, especially if you are an athlete used to shrugging off nagging pain and soreness, or are a very active and normally healthy person expecting to heal quickly.
Be cautious, know when to seek help to avoid further and potentially long lasting complications from a seemingly minor foot or ankle injury.
Remember, urgent care injuries are those which are a mild, moderate, or severe injury without exposed bone and/or active bleeding. Our urgent care services are not intended for emergency care injuries with exposed bone and/or active bleeding. In the event of this type of injury call 911 or proceed directly to the nearest emergency room for treatment. You can then schedule a follow up appointment with our foot and ankle specialists.
The following are common foot and ankle urgent care conditions treated in our after hours urgent care clinic:
- Foot and Ankle Sprains/Fractures: It is often difficult to tell the difference between a sprain and a fracture. These injuries are sometimes misdiagnosed in Emergency Rooms and Urgent Care Centers and can lead to complications requiring more complex surgery, debilitating conditions and longer recovery time. Many times there is a delay in having your x-ray read by a radiologist or foot and ankle specialist. Less obvious fractures and tendon tears can be missed. If you have already been to an ER or urgent care center you may want to see us for a second opinion as soon as possible after the injury. Open Fractures (exposed bone, active bleeding, broken skin) should be treated at a hospital emergency room where surgery can be immediately performed.
- : Delayed complications of a broken toe that occur after the toe has healed include arthritis, pain, stiffness and/or deformity. Toe fractures are also often under-treated and can result in months of pain and swelling in the toes or foot, if not treated correctly. If you suspect a broken toe, seek medical care from a foot and ankle specialist to ensure proper diagnosis and realignment of the bones in your foot to ensure optimal recovery.
- Plantar Fascia Rupture: (severe pain in arch or heel) A tear in the plantar fascia feels like a sudden “pop” in the arch of your foot followed by a sharp, tearing pain in the sole of the foot. It often occurs during stop and start sports, but can also occur as a result of abnormal gait, improper footwear or being overweight. This is a condition that should be seen urgently by a foot and ankle doctor to provide treatment for pain control and provision of medical equipment to rest and protect the injured foot to prevent further damage.
- Tendon Rupture: (severe pain in foot or ankle) If left untreated a tendon rupture can lead to permanent disability. Management for tendon rupture may be surgical or non-surgical depending on the site and severity of the rupture. Severe pain in the foot and/or ankle should be evaluated and treated as soon as possible by a foot and ankle specialist.
- : Gout attacks can be sudden and extremely painful. When you have a foot and/or ankle joint that is tender, swollen, red and radiating heat you will want to act fast. Getting treatment for Gout within the first 24 hours of the start of the an attack can lessen its length and severity.