Is My Ankle Pain Serious?
A little pain is common after an ankle injury, but when your ankle doesn't seem to be getting better, it's time to visit your podiatrist. Your Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot and Ankle Center podiatrists explain the signs and symptoms that can indicate that you have a serious ankle injury.
Warning signs and symptoms
Ice packs and rest can help decrease pain and swelling when you have an ankle injury. Often, after you rest your ankle for a few days, it will start to feel better. Unfortunately, in some cases, pain doesn't decrease or becomes worse. If you're not sure if you should see your podiatrist, it's always a good idea to call our office and ask if your symptoms warrant a visit. Because ignoring symptoms can lead to long-term damage, prompt treatment is important.
Signs and symptoms that occur after a serious ankle injury include:
- Severe pain
- Numbness or loss of feeling in your ankle or foot
- Pain that lasts more than a week or two
- Pain that doesn't improve after taking over-the-counter pain medication
- Red streaks on your ankle
- Swelling that isn't relieved by ice and over-the-counter painkillers
- An obvious deformity or the appearance that a bone is dislocated
- Change in skin color
- Difficulty walking or putting any weight on your leg
How can your podiatrist help you?
When you visit your podiatrist, they'll perform a complete examination, ask you a series of questions about how the accident occurred and order diagnostic tests, such as X-rays. X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests are useful in diagnosing a variety of ankle injuries, including fractures, sprains, tendon dislocation and osteochondritis, a lesion that can form when the ankle is twisted.
Depending on the cause of your injury, your doctor may recommend that you use crutches or wear casts, braces or compression bandages while your ankle heals. Although most sprains and fractures get better without surgery, it may be needed if the injury is severe.
Are you concerned about a foot condition or ankle injury? Contact Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC in Stafford and Lake Ridge, VA by calling (540) 720-0700 and (703) 491-9500 to schedule an appointment. Protect your feet with podiatric care!