What Is Wrong With My Ankle?
Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia treats a variety of foot and ankle problems due to injury, stress, arthritis and congenital malformations. Their podiatrists want to educate patients on common Stafford and Lake Ridge, VA ankle injuries and what they do to intervene, stabilize and heal these problems and also on how to prevent them.
Stafford and Lake Ridge Ankle Injuries
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, people of all ages injure their lower extremities. Ordinary tripping and falling on uneven or icy surfaces puts individuals at risk for sprains, fractures and strains as do sports. Football, volleyball and basketball cause problems related to jumping and twisting, while running, dancing and tennis commonly lead to repetitive stress fractures, shin splints, tendontitis and other connective tissue problems.
Symptoms and Diagnostics
At Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, patients with sprains, strains or fractures show symptoms of:
- struggling with bearing weight and walking on the affected limbs
Your podiatrist examines the areas, taking x-rays, or other imaging such as ultrasound exam or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). These tests reveal fractures and soft tissue injuries, helping the podiatrist determine the treatments.
Treatment of Ankle Problems
Immediate care for an ankle injury always includes Rest, Ice, Compression (with an elastic supportive bandage) and Elevation. Easily remembered with the initials R.I.C.E., this first aid protocol renders comfort and stability to the ankle until the patient sees Dr. Stabile or one of his associate podiatrists.
Depending on examination and imaging, the doctor may recommend:
- other stabilization
- soft boot
- surgery (for unstable fractures where bone ends are separated)
- Ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain
Prevention of Ankle Injuries
Athletes, whether professional or amateur, must wear good fitting and supporting footwear, taking care to stretch before and after hard exertion. Be sure to wear shoes that make sense for what you are doing. For instance, tennis players should wear tennis shoes, and runners should wear running sneakers.
Avoid shoes with little support for the arches and ankles, and pick footwear with comfortable toe boxes. People with abnormal motion patterns in their feet risk injury and sometimes benefit from custom-made shoe inserts or orthotics.
What is Wrong with My Ankle?
If you have persistent pain and swelling, don't wait. Contact Dr. Stabile's office staff and arrange an appointment. This board-certified podiatric surgeon will pinpoint the problem and get you the treatment you need for best mobility and freedom from pain. Call (703) 491-9500 in Lake Ridge, or phone (540) 720-0700 in Stafford.