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One wrong step and you could just end up dealing with a sprained ankle. A sprain occurs when the ankle suddenly rolls inwards or outwards, which jolts the ankle joint out of place and also overstretches (and perhaps even tears) the ligaments and tendons of the ankles. These tendons also provide the feet with support. It’s important to understand how to best care for a sprained ankle and when you should see a podiatrist for care.
You could be dealing with an ankle sprain if you experience:
- Ankle pain
- Limited range of motion
- Trouble putting weight on the ankle
If you suspect that you have sprained your ankle it’s important to call your podiatrist right away. A foot doctor will be able to discuss your symptoms with you and then determine whether you should come in for an immediate evaluation. A doctor will also provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan that will promote a fast and complete recovery.
There are different degrees of a sprain and the way your podiatrist recommends treating the injury will depend on its severity and the symptoms you are experiencing. Mild sprains can often be managed with simple home treatment. This includes resting and staying off the ankle as much as possible as well as:
- Bandaging or wrapping the ankle
- Wearing an ankle braces
- Using crutches (for more serious sprains)
- Elevating your ankle to reduce swelling
- Stretching and strengthening exercises
- Taking pain relievers like ibuprofen to reduce pain and swelling
- Not putting weight on the ankle
- Icing the ankle 20-30 minutes, 3-4 times a day (for the first 48 hours after injury)
It can take up to 10 days for a mild sprain to heal, while more severe sprains can take several weeks. When you come into the office for an evaluation, your podiatrist will also discuss how long you should stay off the ankle and avoid certain activities.
It is rare for a sprained ankle to require surgery; however, if there is significant damage to the ligaments that could lead to long-term instability and other issues, or if your symptoms do not improve with home care, then your foot and ankle doctor may recommend surgery to repair the torn ligament.
With proper and prompt care an ankle sprain should heal completely and not require additional treatment; however, the minute you experience symptoms of a sprained ankle or ankle injury you should see your podiatrist as soon as possible.
Making the decision to call a podiatrist can be a big step. Podiatrists are integral to your foot and ankle health and should be called immediately if you notice a problem with your feet or ankles. These doctors are experts in all things related to the foot and ankle and can help you get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan quickly and efficiently. If you are debating whether or not to call, read below to see if you are experiencing some of the common symptoms that podiatrists treat regularly.
When I put up my legs, my feet hurt.
When you lay down at night to go to sleep and are plagued with sudden foot pain that doesn’t disappear until you dangle your feet at the edge of the bed, it is time to see a podiatrist. This is a sign of a condition known as peripheral artery disease. This condition can cause a lot of pain and should be treated immediately.
Tingly, numbness and burning oh my!
If your feet are tingly, numb or burning, it could be a sign of a nerve disorder that is making your feet less sensitive. People with diabetes are especially prone to neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy permanently damages nerves in the feet and can cause a loss of sensation. See a podiatrist right away if your feet frequently tingle, burn or feel numb.
Puffy, painful feet
Feet that get swollen and painful warrant a call to a podiatrist immediately. There are many different conditions that cause painful and swollen feet. Due to the broad spectrum of issues, it is advised that you see a podiatrist to figure out exactly which one is causing the pain and swelling.
Exercise and Activity is More Painful
If you are exercising or increasing your activity, and find yourself in a lot of foot or ankle pain, it is time to see a podiatrist. This could be a sign of an overuse injury or sprain. If treated early, downtime could be minor and the pain can be cured quickly. If it is ignored and not checked out by a podiatrist, it could mean a severe tear or fracture.
If your feet are in pain, swelling, or experiencing any other abnormality, it is important that you call a podiatrist immediately. Call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. You can reach our office at 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Any time you have a question about your feet, count on us.
Participating in spring sports can be a great way to get exercise and have fun with friends. Soccer, baseball, softball, tennis, track and so many other sports are all available to join and enjoy while the weather gets warmer. Sports are not only great for your heart; they can also be good for your feet. Stretching and exercise can keep feet primed and ready to go. Sadly, even the most seasoned athletes can be injured while on the field, no matter how much exercise and practice they have under their belts. One of the most common sports foot and ankle injuries that occur during sports season is called Turf Toe.
What Is Turf Toe?
When you get pain in your toe from a sprain during sports activities, this is considered turf toe. This sprain usually happens due to the big toe bending upward rapidly and unexpectedly. The toe bends up so much that it stretches out the muscles, tendons and ligaments and causes the sprain. This injury can also occur when you jam your toe, run for a long time, or jump repeatedly. Any sports athlete can suffer from this injury, but it is most commonly reported in those who play football.
Turf toe gets its name because those who are afflicted with this condition usually get it while playing on a turf field. This is because turf tends to be sticky. When the foot catches and gets stuck, it is easy to come down and jam your toe on the turf, resulting in the injury. Another reason this injury can happen is due to poor choice in sports footwear. Cleats and sneakers that do not have the proper support can cause strain on the foot and cause this injury.
- limited joint movement
If turf toe is caused by the jamming of the toe, it is likely that the recipient of the injury will feel the injury right away. If the injury is from overuse, the symptoms will slowly start over time and gradually worsen.
Turf toe can be a very painful foot problem that can cause less mobility and more time off the field. In order to get back into the game, contact a podiatrist for the best course of treatment. Call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. You can reach our office line at 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Turf toe can be healed with treatment from a podiatrist.
When you get pain in your toe from a sprain during sports activities, this is considered turf toe and it's due to the big toe bending upward rapidly and unexpectedly.