Posts for tag: sprained ankle
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!
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!
This year’s Glastonbury festival left a lot of people with sprained ankles and tired muscles. Although it is usual for attendees to be exhausted after Glastonbury, it is unusual for the exhaustion to be caused by poor ground conditions. The ground at this year’s festival was covered in mud, and it made navigating throughout the area difficult. A young man named Tom stated that his father fractured his ankle from dragging his leg through the mud. Walking in the poor conditions proved to be extremely exhausting for the attendees, and it caused many of them to have sore muscles.
Broken ankles require immediate treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, consult with Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov will attend to your foot and ankle needs.
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.
When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle and the following symptoms may be present.
Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle
- Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
- Swelling around the area
- Bruising of the area
- Area appears to be deformed
If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Fort Lee, NJ, Flushing, NY and Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs,
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