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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
September 09, 2015
Tags: Ankle Sprains  

Ankle sprains are a common injury that Dr. Philip S. Pinsker sees in his Washington, PA office but it is also one that is not always properly understood. Most of us have twisted an ankle at some point. You know how easy it is—you hit the bottom step the wrong way or trip over a stone in the yard or sometimes you’re just walking and your ankle gives way. What happens next and how you treat it can have long term affects on the health of your foot.

Is My Ankle Sprained?

Patients often mistakenly think that whether or not they have a sprain is based on how much pain they are in. Actually, a sprain is an injury to the ligaments surrounding the ankle. When you twist your ankle, the ligaments, which hold the bones together and keep the ankle in proper alignment, get stretched or even torn. A strain is an injury to the muscle. In the case of a sprain you may feel anything from a twinge to severe pain at the time of the injury. If the sprain is more serious, there may be bruising, tenderness, and stiffness in the joint. You may find that it’s difficult to put weight on the ankle.

When Should I Call the Podiatrist?

If you are in any discomfort or pain at all, you should come in and let our board certified foot doctor examine your ankle. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the pain will go away on its own. Ankle pain can also be the sign of a fracture. In addition to examining your ankle, Dr. Pinsker will use other diagnostic tools such as x-rays, MRI, or possibly even a CAT scan to ensure an accurate diagnosis of your ankle pain. Even if it turns out you are suffering from a mild ankle sprain, proper and prompt treatment is necessary to prevent further injuries and chronic ankle afflictions.

Treatment

Once a diagnosis has been made, Dr. Pinsker will determine the best treatment for you. Until the time of your office visit, your best bet is to follow the RICE protocol: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Remember, no ankle pain is “normal.” If your ankles or feet are in pain, call our office today at (724) 225- 7410 or request an appointment online.

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