The Danger of Misdiagnosing Foot and Ankle Injuries

Posted on behalf of Atlanta Orthopedic Surgeon

Atlanta GA Foot and Ankle Injury DoctorAccording to a recent study conducted by the American Osteopathic Association, misdiagnosis of foot and ankle injuries can lead to poor patient outcomes, including long-term disability and the further development of disabling conditions. The study goes on to recommend that physicians seek out additional imaging and second opinions rather than risk a potential misdiagnosis of injury.
These include sports injuries such as turf toe, snowboarder's fracture, Lisfranc fracture, and more.

The study indirectly concludes that sometimes a second opinion can mean the difference between getting back to sports and activities you love and being sidelined for the long term:

  • Misdiagnosed and undertreated snowboard fractures are connected to future development of arthritis.
  • Foot injuries and turf toe, when misdiagnosed or untreated, have been linked to future chronic pain and disability.
  • Undertreated foot and ankle injuries can also, and often do, lead to future and more debilitating injury down the road.

The double board certified team at Ortho Sport & Spine Physicians is available for second opinions for a wide range of sport and spine injuries, and are here to answer any additional questions you may have about your diagnosis.

Call our offices to schedule your appointment today.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Armin Oskouei, Ortho Sport & Spine Physicians
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