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Severe pain in your ankle is a sure sign you've hurt it, but sometimes the signs are more subtle. The Stafford and Lake Ridge, VA, podiatrists at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia share a few signs that may indicate that you have an ankle injury and explain how your injury can be treated.
Your ankle is rapidly getting bigger
Inflammation follows damage to your cells. Your body reacts to the inflammation by flooding your injured ankle with white blood cells in an attempt to kill bacteria or stop leakage from the cells. The moment you hurt yourself, your body springs into action, triggering a response called vasodilation. Vasodilation temporarily widens your arteries, allowing more blood and white blood cells to reach your ankle. The response also causes swelling, which can cause your ankle to puff up.
You've got a bruise
Bruises frequently occur if you've hurt your ankle. You may notice a bruise whether you've broken the ankle or sprained it. Bruises also occur due to the sudden surge of blood to the area.
Your ankle just doesn't look right
Your ankle may become deformed if you've broken it or it's been dislocated.
You heard a pop
Sprains are caused by torn ligaments. It's not unusual to hear a popping sound at the moment that the ligament tears.
You can't bend your ankle
Difficulty bending your ankle or foot may occur if you've broken or sprained your ankle.
You put pressure on the ankle
Putting weight on the ankle may be impossible if you've broken a bone or experienced a severe sprain.
Your pain gets better when you stay off your feet
If your pain improves when you rest but gets worse when you walk, you may have a stress fracture. The condition occurs when a small crack develops in a bone due to an overuse injury.
How are ankle injuries treated?
In most cases, wrapping your ankle to reduce inflammation and swelling, applying ice and staying off your feet will improve your symptoms. If it's been a week or two, and your ankle hasn't gotten a better, it's a good idea to call our Stafford or Lake Ridge office. Depending on the cause of your ankle pain, you may need a cast, walking boot, crutches or physical therapy. If your ankle is broken and the bones have moved out of position, surgery may be recommended. Surgery may also be needed if a sprain affects the stability of your ankle joint.
Are you concerned about an ankle injury? Call the podiatrists at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia at (540) 720-0700 for the Stafford, VA, office or (703) 491-9500 for the Lake Ridge, VA, office.
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!
Find out how to care for your ankle after a sports injury to promote faster healing.
Did you know that about 28,000 ankle injuries happen everyday in the United States? A large percentage of these injuries are due to sports. So what should you do if you sprain your ankle while on the field? Besides seeing your Lake Ridge, VA podiatrist Dr. Douglas Stabile for treatment here are some other tips to follow to ensure that your ankle heals as quickly as possible.
Take your condition seriously
You may have heard people tell you to “just walk it off” after experiencing a sprain, but this is the last thing you want to do. While an ankle sprain might not sound like a serious issue it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Ankle sprains too often go untreated or mistreated because they are assumed to be innocuous. So what happens if you leave an ankle sprain untreated? You may have long-term ankle issues that include pain, discomfort, re-injury, early-onset arthritis and even disability.
Choose pain relievers wisely
When you get off the field and immediately off your ankle your first thought may be to take a pain medication to alleviate your symptoms. While there is nothing wrong with taking an over-the-counter medication you won’t want to immediately go for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) like ibuprofen. Instead, start with acetaminophen to handle your pain and give your injury 48 hours before taking NSAIDS. Why? Because this will give your body time to start its own natural inflammatory process to speed up healing.
Apply the RICE method right away
Instead of trying to “walk it off” immediately get off your foot and elevate it above the heart, which will keep swelling down. Wrap the injured foot in a compression bandage and apply an ice pack for about 10 to 20 minutes at a time.
See your Lake Ridge podiatrist
The most important thing you can do after an ankle injury is to see your Lake Ridge foot doctor Dr. Stabile right away for a proper diagnosis. You may only think you’ve strained or sprained your ankle, but you could be dealing with an even more serious issue. Before you start self-diagnosing and treating your condition, visit us first so we can help you come up with a treatment plan that really works.
If you’ve experienced an ankle or foot injury, whether it’s sports-related or not, your Lake Ridge podiatrist Dr. Stabile is here to help. Call Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia to schedule an appointment.