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Spraining an ankle is one of the most common ways to find your way into a podiatrist’s office. While many people may be fortunate enough to walk away with only minor pain and a temporary limp that subsides after a few days of rest and recuperation, other folks suffer sprains that can be much more problematic. The excessive force that is usually absorbed by your ankle bones and other major components is instead released into the more delicate ligaments and tendons, resulting in bruising, swelling, bleeding, and extreme pain all around the ankle joint.
How to treat an ankle sprain
Even what may appear to be a severe ankle sprain, in the beginning, will often respond very well to the RICE method—Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. It’s always best to rest a sprained ankle but if you need to get mobile immediately, a walking boot and custom orthotic inserts can provide the necessary stabilization and immobilization for the required period of time. Take the boot off and raise your leg for as many hours as possible while healing occurs during rest periods. Don’t walk on a severely sprained ankle without support. It may take weeks or months of careful strengthening before you can go back to normal activities.
Preventing sprained ankles
Always make sure you are using the appropriate and most supportive shoes for the activity you are performing. This is essential to preventing foot and ankle injuries. Keep in mind that a poorly treated ankle sprain is one of the best ways to have it happen all over again and even worse. So be sure to give your ankle time for the appropriate healing and rehabilitation exercises to take effect.
Slowly strengthening your ankle joints and ligaments is mandatory or you are just asking for a new and likely worse sprain to occur. If you have a severely strained or sprained ankle, consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
Your Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body that connects from your heel to your calf muscle. A lot of people do not realize how important this tendon is for walking, running, or merely just standing until they suffer an injury to the tendon that can cause considerable pain, discomfort, and immobility.
Repetitive exercises such as running, basketball, and tennis often cause aggravation to the tendon, creating a condition called Achilles tendonitis. When the intensity of a particular activity is suddenly ramped up, the shock can cause the Achilles tendon to tear or even break completely, causing a loud, cringe-worthy, popping sound.
4 initial treatments for Achilles tendonitis or other tendon and ligament injuries include the following:
- RICE—Basic injury care involves Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
- Strength and flexibility exercises—There are many exercises to limber up and strengthen your calf muscles and tendons to avoid these types of injuries.
- Custom orthotic shoe inserts and corrective shoes—Your podiatrist has a variety of excellent shoes, inserts, and braces that are very effective for a wide variety of problems.
- Switch to a lower impact activity—You can immediately decrease the stress on the affected foot by switching to a low-impact activity such as swimming to help give your Achilles tendon a rest.
Never neglect the initial pain of a tendon injury or any other injury for that matter. If you push too hard through the injury, you often just make it worse and increase the healing time. Be sure to give your body some time to heal at the first sign of injury to avoid this fate.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of Achilles tendonitis, consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
An ankle sprain can occur when you least expect it, such as from that missed step at the curb while looking at your phone. Or perhaps you landed wrong after making an awesome football grab. Whatever the cause, the pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking experienced immediately afterward are sure signs that you need to take a break immediately and get an evaluation.
Trying to treat an ankle injury on your own can be a risky practice since the severity of the injury can vary considerably. Prompt evaluation and treatment are essential to avoid additional complications.
Reasons to seek your podiatrist’s assistance for ankle injuries and sprains include:
- Permanent ankle instability—An ankle injury that is incorrectly treated and rehabilitated will progress to a loosening of ligaments and other components that hold the ankle together, increasing the chances that a future injury will occur.
- Concurrent bone fracture—When you made that amazing football catch and came down hard on your ankle, you need to make sure you didn’t break anything. A hairline or other type of fracture can occur and the only way to confirm or rule this out is with a complete exam from your foot care professional.
- Inadequate healing—Unless a comprehensive rehabilitation program is followed to slowly strengthen the foot and ankle and increase joint flexibility, a re-injury is more likely to occur.
An ankle sprain or strain can be initially treated using the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) to take the pressure off the injured foot and decrease swelling. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as Advil can be taken for pain. In the more complicated cases, your foot doctor may need to perform a surgical procedure to repair the damage.
If you have a severely strained or sprained ankle, consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
If you have ever ruptured your Achilles tendon, then you know it is not a pleasant experience! You may even hear a popping or snapping sound as the tendon is ripped or even completely severed, making it impossible to stand on your toes or to push off your injured leg. Those who participate in sports like tennis, soccer, and basketball, where a high degree of running and jumping and a lot of quick stops and starts are necessary, are more susceptible to an Achilles tendon tear. It has also been shown that certain antibiotic medications may increase the risk of a tendon injury.
Treating an Achilles tendon injury will depend upon the severity of the damage. Conservative measures include wearing a walking boot or cast to immobilize the area while the tendon heals. Specially made orthotic inserts can help to cushion and elevate the heel area and promote a faster recovery.
For severe injuries, you may wish to discuss surgical reattachment or repair with your podiatrist. A surgical repair has less susceptibility to re-rupture, and is often the preferred course of treatment for athletes.
Achilles tendons can take a long time to properly heal and it is important to avoid re-injury after the initial recovery period. Be certain to ease into activity slowly and deliberately to build up strength and endurance. Always warm up and stretch prior to exercising, and try adding lower impact activities like cycling and swimming to your workout routine since they are more gentle on your joints and muscles.
For more expert advice on Achilles tendon tear treatment, consult with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
Ankle pain involves any discomfort in one or both ankles and is often due to a sprain. A sprain is an injury to the ligaments which connects our bones to each other. When the ankle is twisted inward it causes small tears in that ligament which leads to bruising and swelling and the ankle can no longer take its normal weight.
Ankle sprains or ankle pain is caused by:
- Damage of tendons or cartilage
- Infection in the ankle joint
- Arthritis ~ rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, Reiter syndrome, etc.
- Heel pain
- Nerve injuries ~ sciatica, tarsal tunnel, etc.
- Blood vessel blockage in one or both legs
- Rest the injured ankle for at least a week ~ do not put weight on it
- Ace bandage the ankle or a use a brace that supports the ankle
- Use crutches or a cane when walking
- Keep the foot elevated above your heart and use a pillow under the ankle when sleeping
- Ice the area right away
- Pain relievers from the store will help rest the ankle
- Always warm up before you exercise
- Make sure shoes fit properly
- Lose weight if necessary and applicable
- Practice good balance and agility exercises
If you have severe ankle pain even when you are inactive or resting you should contact us at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee right away. If you have a history of arthritis, symptoms of infection or suspect a broken bone or your symptoms include a fever of over 100 then a trip to the doctor or emergency room is highly suggested.
Our podiatrists believe in immediate treatment of any foot injury and educating yourself to make the right decision for that immediate treatment is essential. Here at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, we welcome new patients and are committed to providing the best treatment available. Our team of doctors are Board Certified or Board Qualified and handle all types of foot conditions.
For your convenience, we have two offices in New Jersey (Ringwood and Fort Lee) 201-363-9844 and three offices in New York (Flushing, Woodhaven and Brooklyn) 718-263-3668. Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee will even make house calls in Fort Lee or Queens so NO EXCUSES there!