Ankle and Foot Sprains: simple and devastating
It’s happened to nearly all of us: you’re playing basketball and come down a little awkwardly, or you’re playing football and cut too suddenly, with your foot still planted as the rest of your body moves. Or you’re running and hit a patch of unexpectedly uneven ground. You may even just be walking down the steps and forget that there are 11, not 10. The result is the same: a sudden shock to your ankle, a searing burst of pain, followed by a swelling sensation.
You’ve suffered an ankle or foot sprain (the former are considerably more common). This is when the connective ligament that connects bone with bone stretches, tears, or pulls due to injury. It’s a small and simple thing, but can knock you off your feet for a long time, especially if you don’t take care of yourself.
If you’ve suffered an ankle sprain, there are a few simple steps that you can do right away to help reduce the long-term effects. These are summed up with the famous RICE acronym.
- Rest: Don’t overdo it. Don’t rush back. Stay off the hurt foot, avoiding weight.
- Ice: Swelling is caused by inflammation. Ice, regularly applied, can help avoid that.
- Compression: Wrap a bandage around the affected area to reduce movement.
- Elevation: Keep blood from rushing to the foot by lying down and keeping your foot above your heart.
What to do if it isn’t getting better
Some sprains are more severe than others. If your symptoms persist, you should see the compassionate and talented doctors at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. We will diagnose your condition using our decades of experience with athletes and all the latest equipment, and provide the right course of treatment. Depending on severity, you may need a longer regime of immobility and therapy, and possibly a brace, boot, or crutch. Very rare cases may require surgery. But rest assured we will only recommend the treatment that is right for you.
If you have suffered a foot or ankle sprain or suffer from a long-term condition, please come in and see the dedicated staff at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Contact us to find out more!