Stephanie Spicer, DPM -  - Podiatrist, Foot & Ankle Medicine and Surgery

Foot & Ankle Group

Stephanie Spicer, DPM

Podiatrist, Foot & Ankle Medicine and Surgery located in Olympia Fields, IL

Foot or ankle injuries can cause debilitating pain and affect your ability to walk, stand, or run normally. If you experience an injury, board-certified podiatrist Stephanie Spicer, DPM, offers advanced diagnostics and customized treatments at Foot & Ankle Group in Olympia Fields, Illinois. To speak with a foot and ankle specialist about your injury, call or book your appointment online today.

Injuries Q & A

What are some common foot and ankle injuries?

Common injuries include:


A fracture is a type of injury that occurs when you experience a crack or break in one or more of your bones. There are many different types of fractures, including stable fractures, open fractures, and stress fractures. Fractures can happen as the result of a traumatic injury or putting too much stress on your foot and ankle at one time. Stress fractures are small, hairline cracks that frequently affect the weight-bearing structures in your feet and ankles. Without treatment, stress fractures can heal improperly and increase your risk of more serious fractures. 

Sports injuries

Injuries sustained during exercise or physical activities are referred to as sports injuries. Sports injuries can range from minor to severe with varying degrees of damage to the bones, joints, and soft tissues in your feet and ankles. Sports injuries are commonly caused by excessive movements and overuse. Sports injuries of the foot and ankle include conditions like plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, and Achilles tendinitis. 

Foot and ankle injuries can cause a number of concerning symptoms, including:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Weakness
  • Limited range of motion

If you experience symptoms of a foot or ankle injury, the specialists at Foot & Ankle Group can help determine the right treatment for you. 

How are foot and ankle injuries diagnosed?

Treating your condition depends on your diagnosis. During your appointment, your doctor performs a thorough examination to accurately identify your condition and determine the best plan for treatment. To perform your diagnosis, your doctor begins with a discussion of your symptoms and medical history. In addition to a physical exam, your doctor may also perform an imaging test to get a detailed view of your injury. Foot & Ankle group offers a number of advanced diagnostics, including:

  • Fluoroscan
  • Ultrasound
  • Digital X-rays

After your examination, your doctor works with you to develop your individualized treatment plan. 

What treatments are available for my injury?

The specialists at Foot & Ankle Group offer several safe and effective treatments for foot and ankle injuries, including:

  • Bracing
  • Casting
  • Injection therapy
  • RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation)

In severe cases, your sports injury may require surgery. Foot & Ankle Group is led by a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon with experience successfully treating a wide range of injuries. 

To discuss your sports injury, call the practice or book online today.