Posts for tag: Sprained Ankle
An ankle sprain occurs when the foot rolls or twists to the point where a ligament inside stretches beyond its normal capacity. Ankle sprains are extremely common, with an estimated 25,000 sprains happening in the United States every day. Athletes and people who work outdoors or on uneven surfaces are at a higher risk for spraining their ankle. Regular wear of high-heeled shoes is also a risk factor.
Sprained ankles are diagnosed by degree; that is, the severity of the sprain and the symptoms it produces. Grade 1 sprains are the mildest, with minimal swelling and tenderness due to a slight ligament tear. Usually, Grade 1 sprains still allow for weight to be put on the ankle. Grade 2 sprains have a more significant injury to the ligament and, while walking may still be possible, it is painful. Grade 3 sprains are diagnosed when the affected ligament has sustained a complete tear and the ankle cannot bear weight. Grade 3 sprains typically display obvious bruising and swelling around the ankle.
The grade of an ankle sprain will determine the treatment. The tried-and-true RICE method - rest, ice, compression, and elevation - is usually sufficient for Grade 1 sprains. Refraining from walking, keeping the ankle elevated for the first two days, stabilizing the ankle with a compression dressing, and applying ice to reduce swelling helps the sprain resolve within 2 to 4 weeks. Grade 2 sprains also respond well to RICE treatment, although healing typically takes longer and a firmer immobilization device, like a splint, is typically recommended. Grade 3 sprains often require similar treatment used for ankle fractures; a cast or brace may be needed and surgery may be considered for some patients.
To ensure proper healing, it is important to follow the recommendations of your podiatrist. Attempting to return to normal activity too soon could result in a repeat injury or permanent ankle instability.
Leg pain and discomfort can knock you off your feet for a variety of reasons, but it should never be ignored. Aching calves, burning legs, numbness in your feet—pain in the lower extremities is a common complaint. If you are experiencing leg pain, it can be due to an array of reasons, including:
Shin Splints.This type of lower leg pain occurs when connective tissues and muscles along the edge of the shin bone become inflamed. You may experience this after running or jumping, especially on hard surfaces, due to repetitive force that overloads muscles and tendons.
Flat Feet. If you suffer from flat feet and do not have proper support in your shoes, you can experience leg pain due to the outward rotation of the foot and leg.
Sprained Ankle. A fracture or sprain can also cause leg pain. For mild sprains, podiatrists recommend RICE: rest, ice, compression and elevation. For a more severe sprain or fracture, apply ice and visit a podiatrist immediately.
Diabetic Neuropathy. Diabetes can damage nerves with high blood sugar levels. This can cause pain in both legs, along with numbness and lack of sensation. By visiting your podiatrist, you can take charge of your diabetes and protect yourself from the kind of damage which can, in some cases, lead to dangerous ulcerated wounds or even amputation.
By visiting your podiatrist, you can prevent leg pain and foot pain. Visit us today for diagnosis and treatment options that will let you live pain free.