It is very common to twist your ankle or step on an uneven surface when you are walking at work, jogging for exercise, or just strolling around the neighborhood, turning this otherwise normal event into an ankle injury. While these may be common injuries, they can also be a sign of something more significant and seeing an ankle doctor will help in addressing these issues.
Normal or Problematic?
Most types of ankle injuries, at least when it comes to sprains and strains, result in intense pain immediately, which slowly subsides. This is even true if you roll over on your ankle. The pain in this type of injury can be very extreme for a few minutes and then virtually disappear after a short rest.
With a simple injury, home treatments such as icing the area for 15 to 20 minutes, three or more times a day, followed by elevating the foot and using a compression bandage should resolve the problem. You may also want to use an over-the-counter NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) to help relieve any mild pain, swelling and discomfort.
In general, if you notice any of the following issues, you should see an ankle doctor immediately:
- Swelling that is extreme and does not go down with ice and rest for one or two days.
- Any type of open area, exposed bone, or what appears to be a bone or hard spot within the injured area, even if it is not exposed.
- Redness, swelling and sensitivity to touch around the area.
- Inability to bear any weight on the foot after more than one day.
- Any signs of a fever or flu-like symptoms that were not present prior to the ankle injury.
- Significant bruising or swelling that is extending up the leg or down the foot.
Another important reason to see an ankle doctor is if the injury keeps occurring. Over time, people can develop instability in their ankles that can cause constant injuries and problems, as the biomechanics of the ankle have been altered.
An ankle doctor will be able to determine if the injury is soft tissue or if there is a fracture of one or more of the bones in the ankle. Fractures of the ankle are fairly common, but without an x-ray, they can be very difficult to diagnose.
Seeing an ankle doctor as quickly as possible will also help you to get the assistance you need through physical therapy, to help your ankle get stronger during your recovery.
When you have an injury to your foot or ankle, visit Suburban Orthopaedics. To learn more about the treatments our ankle doctor can provide, see us online at www.suburbanortho.com. You can also follow them on Twitter for more updates!