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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
July 25, 2018
Category: Ankle Pain

At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we see a fair number of ankle injuries. It’s important to seek medical treatment promptly for ankle issues because the type and severity of the injury is often something a patient is unable to assess. Common ankle issues include:

Sprain—there are two sets of ligaments surrounding your ankle which are responsible for holding bones together and maintaining proper alignment of the ankle. When you twist your ankle you force these ligaments to stretch beyond their normal range of motion and this results in an ankle sprain. The ligaments can be stretched, torn or completely ruptured.

Strain—a strain involves injury to muscle rather than ligaments.

Fracture—a stress fracture or hairline crack in the ankle bone may mimic symptoms of a sprain. Pain may be intermittent and most noticeable with activity but then goes away when your ankle is resting.

Symptoms for all of these conditions can include:

  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Difficulty or inability to bear weight on the affected ankle

Diagnosing the Problem

Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will start by examining your ankle, checking for swelling, bruising and tenderness. He will also use imaging studies such as an x-ray, MRI or CAT scan to gain an accurate picture of your ankle internally. Once the type and severity of the injury are known, the foot doctor can prescribe the correct treatment.

Between the time of your injury and your appointment, you should follow the RICE regimen: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Once the podiatrist determines the best treatment plan for your injury, be sure to follow it and complete the full course of physical therapy prescribed. One of the biggest errors patients make is stopping treatment because the pain in their ankle is gone. Strengthening the muscles that support the ankle takes a long time. Not fully rehabilitating an ankle injury is the number one cause of chronic ankle pain and instability.

If you have hurt your ankle—even if you think the injury is minor—don’t delay. Contact our Washington office for an appointment as soon as possible by calling: (724) 225-7410.

 

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