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Common Ankle Problems

Ankle pain is as common as the line at the DMV. There are a few lucky people who are spared, but most of us know the pain an ankle injury can and will cause.

The most common source of pain in your ankle is a strained ankle. It frequently happens while playing sports, but it can also happen when you fall on your way to the store. The RICE method is frequently recommended for immediate treatment:

 

Rest: rest as much as you can, and, if possible, try not to walk at all

Ice: use a bag of ice to reduce swelling and numb the pain

Compression: use elastic bandages for wrapping your ankle, but don’t wrap it too tightly

Elevation: keep your ankle raised above heart level

 

Approximately 15% of ankle pain can be caused by other culprits like:

– Arthritis

– Gout

– Nerve damage or injury

– Blocked blood vessels

– Infection

 

If you suspect your ankle pain is caused by one of these factors make an appointment with your doctor right away. RICE might be able to reduce the pain in the short term, but cannot heal the ankle. In rare cases managing the symptoms in the long run becomes key and requires a professional treatment plan.

Please don’t hesitate to give us a call if you suspect your ankle pain is not caused by a strain.

Find more information at http://www.healthline.com/symptom/ankle-pain

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Sprained Ankle Management & Care

Ankle sprains are a very common injury and can happen during many different activities. Whether it happens while playing a sport or simply walking around the block, ankle sprains need proper care and management. Signs of a sprained ankle can include pain or tenderness, swelling, bruising, inability to walk, or stiffness. To treat sprained ankles, many doctors suggest using the RICE approach – Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.

When caring for a sprained ankle, it is important to rest your ankle by not walking on it, limit weight bearing, and use crutches if necessary. Make sure to ice your sprained ankle to keep the swelling down. Compression can help control swelling and support your injury. Wrapping your ankle is a great way to avoid swelling and bruising. Elevating your ankle above the level of your heart will also help prevent the swelling from getting worse and will help reduce bruising. For more information about managing and caring for a sprained ankle, visit

http://www.aofas.org/footcaremd/how-to/foot-injury/Pages/How%20to%20Care%20for%20a%20Sprained%20Ankle.aspx
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Tips on what to do if you sprain or injure your ankle by slipping on ice.

A sprained ankle is a common injury from a slip on the ice. This winter take extra precautions when you walk outside. If you do fall and injure your ankle, here are some tips to help you with the recovery process.

Rest is one of the most important parts of your recovery. Your ankle needs time to heal. Use a brace or ankle wrap until the pain from standing on your foot goes away. Also, use ice for the first 1-2 days after the injury. Ice and compression will help keep the swelling and bruising away. Last, don’t forget to elevate your ankle for 2-3 hours a day to keep the swelling down.

If the pain and swelling doesn’t subside after 3-5 days, give us a call and we can take a look (and x-ray) at your ankle to see if any additional damage was done.