A sprain or fracture is unwelcome anywhere in your body, but it’s uniquely frustrating in your feet and ankles. You don’t realize how much you rely on your feet to get around until you’ve injured one of them. That’s why R. Jeffrey Doyle, DPM, or H. Aden Huynh, DPM, at North Star Foot & Ankle Associates, offer treatments for fractures and sprains to help you heal as quickly as possible. If you have any foot or ankle injury that needs treatment, call the Garland, Texas, office today or schedule your appointment online.
Both sprains and fractures are most common in people who lead active lifestyles, like those who exercise regularly or have jobs that require them to be on their feet all day. But you can lead a primarily sedentary lifestyle and still suffer a sprain or fracture. All it takes is one small misstep.
Sprains and fractures both leave you with pain at the injury site, but they’re different in a few key ways:
When you stretch or tear the tendon or ligament in your foot or ankle, you’re left with a sprain. You may hear a popping sound when the sprain occurs if the tendon or ligament tears.
The soft tissue in the area usually swells and feels tender, but you’re usually able to put some weight on a sprain.
A sprain will usually heal on its own with proper care.
A fracture is a break in your bone. This injury is serious and requires immediate care so the bone can heal healthily. Without care, the bone could heal in a way that leaves you with a deformity.
A fracture is painful, and you most likely won’t be able to put any weight on the fractured area.
Treating a sprain is fairly straightforward. Once your North Star Foot & Ankle Associates podiatrist has diagnosed your sprain, the team most likely will recommend the RICE protocol: rest, ice, compression, and elevation of the injured area.
You may also need crutches, a wheelchair, or a brace to keep pressure off the injured area as it heals.
If your injury is a fracture, your North Star Foot & Ankle Associates specialist takes additional diagnostic measures (like an X-Ray, MRI, or a CT scan) to get a clear idea of the severity of your fracture.
Then, your podiatrist uses a splint to immobilize the area so the bone can heal properly. If your fracture is just a hairline fracture, immobilization may be sufficient to allow healing.
But more severe fractures, especially those involving damage to the surrounding tissue or blood vessels, may require surgical intervention.
Your North Star Foot & Ankle Associates podiatrist will ensure you get the care you need to heal properly and as quickly as possible.
If you’ve injured your foot or ankle, call the office or book your appointment online to get started on your path to thorough healing.