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An unexpected fall or twist can result in an injury of the foot or ankle, such as a sprain or strain. Immediate first aid can help prevent complications, reduce pain and improve recovery.
Rest, ice, compression and elevation--commonly referred to as R.I.C.E.--is the first and best treatment for minor injuries. The following tips can aid in the early treatment of common foot and ankle injuries to help reduce swelling and control the inflammatory process during the initial phase of injury.
Rest: Whether you have a strain or a sprain, rest from any physical activity is essential to protecting your injured ligaments, tendons or muscles from further damage while your body starts the repair process. Avoid putting weight on the injured foot or ankle as much as possible. In some cases, complete immobilization may be required.
Ice: Gently ice your foot or ankle with ice wrapped in a towel in a 20-minute-on, 40-minute-off cycle for the first few days post-injury. Ice is excellent at reducing inflammation and pain.
Compression: Applying some type of compressive wrap or bandage to an injured area can greatly reduce the amount of initial swelling.
Elevation: Prop your foot up while lying down or sitting so that it is higher than or equal to the level of the heart.
After a few days of R.I.C.E., many acute injuries will begin to heal. If pain or swelling does not subside after a few days, or if you are unsure of the severity of your injury, make an appointment with your podiatrist. A skilled podiatrist can properly diagnose your injury and recommend the best course of treatment.
The feet endure a lot of stress and impact throughout the day with every step taken. Over time, the daily stress can result in the development of various foot problems, such as strained ligaments. More strenuous activities, such as running and other types of exercise, can result in a range of foot and ankle injuries. Fortunately, there are treatments that can ease the pain while healing the injury. Our podiatrists at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia in Lake Ridge and Stafford, VA treat ankle injuries and other foot injuries.
One common type of foot injury is a sprained ankle. Sprained ankles can occur while performing such activities as walking, running, jumping and playing sports. Sprained ankles occur when the ankle twists the wrong way and the ligaments inside become stretched or torn. If not properly headed, an ankle sprain can lead to chronic foot and ankle problems. Treatments for ankle injuries include resting the foot, applying ice to the ankle and wearing compression bandages. In Lake Ridge and Stafford, an ankle injury should be examined by a podiatrist for a treatment recommendation.
Heel pain is another common type of foot injury. There are different types of heel pain. The two most common types are plantar fasciitis and achilles tendonosis. Achilles tendonosis, also called tendonitis, is associated with pain behind the heel. Plantar fasciitis is associated with pain on the bottom of the heel, as well as the development of heel spurs. Heel spurs occur when calcium deposits form on the bottom of the heel. Heel pain treatment includes resting the foot, wearing orthotic shoe inserts, physical therapy and for more severe cases foot surgery.
Whether you are experiencing heel pain or have sustained an ankle injury, our podiatrists can help. The podiatrists at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia can diagnose your exact injury and develop the right treatment plan. To schedule an appointment, call the Stafford office at (540) 720-0700 or the Lake Ridge office at (703) 491-9500.