Untreated foot and ankle injuries can quickly lead to severe mobility issues. At Phoenix Foot and Ankle Institute, Jeffrey E. McAlister, DPM, FACFAS and his team offer comprehensive urgent care services, including podiatry surgery. Call the Scottsdale or Phoenix, Arizona location within 24 hours if you're injured and need urgent care for foot and ankle injuries.
When do I need urgent care for a foot or ankle injury?
Injuries to your feet and ankles vary in severity. Minor scrapes and scratches may not need medical attention beyond basic first aid. However, many types of foot and ankle injuries benefit from expert medical care within 24 hours of the injury occurring, including:
- Ankle strains and sprains
- Long or deep cuts on your feet or ankles
- Signs of infection like redness or pus
- Bone fractures, especially if you see protruding bone
You should also seek urgent podiatry care if you have unexplained severe foot pain or swelling that doesn’t improve after a few days of at-home care.
If you have diabetes, injuries to your feet are more likely to result in serious complications, so you should seek routinely professional diabetic foot care.
How can urgent care help with foot and ankle injuries?
When you have an urgent foot injury or ankle injury, getting care within 24 hours is essential to avoid major complications or lasting mobility issues. The experienced staff at Phoenix Foot and Ankle Institute can get you in to see a specialist for urgent care right away.
Urgent care treatment for foot and ankle injuries may include examination, X-rays and other medical imaging, first aid, and other forms of treatment including:
- Wound care and cleaning
- Splinting and bracing
- Casting or immobilization for fractures
You may also need prescription medications to control pain or inflammation, which urgent care treatment through Phoenix Foot and Ankle Institute can provide.
Should I go to urgent care or the ER for my foot or ankle injury?
Urgent care treatment gets you seen by a doctor immediately after a foot or ankle injury. Urgent care at Phoenix Foot and Ankle Institute is well-equipped to handle a variety of injuries, but some cases may require a hospital visit.
If you have severe swelling, a wound oozing pus, or a fever over 100° F, seek emergency care at your nearest hospital. You should also head to the ER if you can’t put weight on the affected foot.
For podiatry urgent care, contact Phoenix Foot and Ankle Institute online or over the phone today.