Don’t let an injured ankle go ignored!
You couldn’t wait to lace up your sneakers and hit the pavement. When the weather gets warm, there's nothing better than your regular outdoor run. Unfortunately, as you rounded the corner during your run you felt like your ankle went one way and your foot went the other. Now you are dealing with pain and difficulty walking. Could you be dealing with a sprained ankle? Our Albuquerque, NM, podiatrists Dr. Mark Haas, Dr. Zachary Haas, and Dr. Matthew Cobb are here to help when you notice signs of a sprained ankle and when it's time to see a doctor.
The most common symptoms of a sprained ankle include:
- Difficulty putting weight on the ankle
Any time an injury to the ankle occurs it can cause inflammation and pain at an instant, as the blood vessels begin to leak into the tissue surrounding the injured ankle joint. As a result, swelling, pain, and even the feeling of warmth within the ankle are common complaints.
When should you see a doctor?
In most instances, a sprained ankle will get better all by itself without needing to visit a medical professional. The only issue is that your sprain might not actually be just a sprain. It could actually be a fracture (broken bone), which will require care from our Albuquerque, NM, foot doctors. This is why you should absolutely call us to schedule an appointment if you are experiencing severe pain that you can’t manage yourself, if you are unable to walk, or if the injury doesn’t improve within five to seven days of rest and at-home care.
How do you treat a sprained ankle?
As we mentioned, a sprained ankle will heal by itself as long as you give it the rest it needs to heal properly. This means staying off the foot and elevating it above the heart when sitting down to reduce swelling. Icing the ankle for 15 minutes at a time several times a day can also reduce pain and swelling. As your foot begins to heal, our podiatrist may also recommend certain stretching exercises to help re-strength the joints, tissue, and muscles within the injured ankle.
Are you experiencing ankle problems but not sure whether it warrants a trip to our office? If you aren’t sure, it’s important to call our office. The expert foot and ankle specialists at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists in Albuquerque, NM, are here to provide you with the tailored, comprehensive foot care you need.