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A sprained ankle can be a real pain, figuratively and literally. Some people try to continue their normal physical activities, hoping thatdiscomfort will go away on its own, but the best course of action is diagnosis and treatment. Know what to do when you have sprained your ankle so that you can get on the road to healing and prevent further injury. At the Foot & Ankle Institute, you will be treated by a West Houston, TX, podiatrist who specializes in treating cases of ankle pain.
Risk Factors for a Sprained Ankle
Athletes are most at risk of ankle sprains because of the continued strain put on their feet and ankles. Basketball players often have to jump and land in uncomfortable positions, as well as twist their ankles on a dime to shift positions quickly. The same is true for tennis and football players. Runners repeatedly hit the pavement with their feet for miles, and the force can cause ankle sprains. Another risk factor for a sprained ankle is wearing very high-heeled shoes on a daily basis—if the ankle accidentally turns to the side when you’re walking in heels, that could also cause a sprain. Patients who have had an ankle injury in the past or an arthritic condition are also more prone to ankle sprains.
What to Do for a Sprained Ankle
If you believe you may have a sprained ankle, avoid trying to continue normal activities—especially athletics. See a podiatrist at the Foot & Ankle Institute in West Houston, TX, immediately to talk about these treatments:
- Wrapping the ankle with compression bandages to limit swelling and promote normal alignment.
- Ice therapy (15-minute foot bath or an ice pack).
- Flexibility and stability training exercises (physical therapy).
- Time off to rest and elevate your feet.
- A surgical procedure to repair a ligament in the case of a severe sprain.
Protecting Your Ankles
A West Houston, TX, podiatrist can help you heal your ankle after a sprain, but it’s up to you to care for your feet to prevent foot pain in the future. Protect your ankles by stretching your feet and warming up before participating in exercises or athletic competitions. Continue to tape or wrap your ankles when you’re working out. Choose low heels or wedges over high heels whenever possible. Take the time at the end of each day to gently massage your ankles and feet.
Help for Ankle Pain and Discomfort
If your ankle is sprained, it needs the attention of a qualified and caring Foot & Ankle Specialist. Call (281) 531-4100 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Asia Lo, Dr. Samuel Mendicino, or Dr. Manish Patel at their office in West Houston, TX.
Find out why your ankle might be hurting you and when to seek help.
While you might not realize it, your ankle joint withstands a lot of pressure and force day in and day out. In fact, the ankle ends up handling forces that are several times your body weight when running or jumping. So, it isn’t too surprising that sometimes your ankle may cause you problems that require a trip to our West Houston podiatrists Dr. Samuel Mendicino, Dr. Asia Lo, and Dr. Manish Patel for treatment.
What is causing my ankle pain?
The ankle is comprised of many tendons, ligaments, muscles, and bones. Injury or damage to one or more of these ankle parts can lead to pain. Causes of ankle pain may include,
- Sprains and strains
- Stress fracture
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Broken ankle
- Achilles tendinitis
- Broken ankle
Simple strains and sprains are very common in those experiencing ankle pain. Of course, they are not the only cause, and it’s important to understand what’s causing your pain so that you can treat the problem right away before it gets worse.
When should I see a doctor?
It’s amazing how ankle pain can become severe even if the problem is rather minor. While most of the time it’s usually fine to try caring for the ankle and foot on your own before visiting your West Houston foot and ankle specialist, you will want to see us right away if,
- You experience severe pain or swelling
- There is an open wound
- The ankle looks deformed
- There are signs of an infection (tenderness; redness; fever)
- You can’t put weight on the foot
While not an emergency situation, you should still give us a call to schedule an evaluation if you have pain or swelling that doesn’t go away with at-home care after a couple of days. If pain also gets worse despite at-home treatment then it’s time to see an ankle specialist.
How is ankle pain addressed?
Many ankle injuries can be managed with simple self-care options such as the “RICE” method (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). Minor ankle pain can also be temporarily alleviated with over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen, which can target both pain and swelling. Of course, depending on the cause of your ankle pain, our foot doctor may recommend a protective boot or brace, crutches, physical therapy, or stronger pain medications.
Even with care, you may still notice that your ankle is stiff or swollen for a few weeks. It’s important that if symptoms worsen or change that you call us so that we can make sure your ankle is getting the most effective care.
Concerned? Give us a call!
If you are living with ankle pain in West Houston, it’s important that to have a podiatrist that you can turn to for the answers and care you need to get back on your feet. Call the Foot & Ankle Institute today at (281) 531-4100!
Heel pain can be an uncomfortable, frustrating condition that worsens slowly over time. However, it's important that you recognize your heel pain and work with your foot and ankle doctor to eliminate your pain. Dr. Samuel Mendicino, Dr. Asia Lo, and Dr. Manish Patel at Foot & Ankle Institute in Houston, TX can help you get to the bottom of your condition to get back on your feet.
What causes heel pain?
Heel pain comes from a variety of issues that can range from simple overuse to advanced underlying conditions. Some of the most common causes of heel pain include:
- Achilles tendonitis
- plantar fasciitis
- tarsal tunnel syndrome
- heel spur
- stress fracture
How can my doctor help eliminate my heel pain?
Your doctor will begin diagnosing your heel pain by scheduling a physical examination to visually inspect your foot. Your podiatrist will search for abnormalities and use imaging techniques like x-rays to further investigate your symptoms. If necessary, your doctor may administer certain tests to rule out certain conditions. Together, you and your doctor can find the best treatment plan for you and your condition.
Treating Heel Pain in Houston, TX
Treating heel pain depends on the cause of the pain, any underlying conditions, and the severity of the issues present in the foot. Decreasing or eliminating the symptoms of heel pain often begins with non-invasive at-home treatments like the RICE method, which includes plenty of rest, icing the foot, compressing the affected area with a compression wrap, and elevating the foot above the level of the heart. Your podiatrist may also suggest specialized physical therapy exercises and stretches to help treat your symptoms. In some cases, injection therapy, immobilization or prescription medication becomes necessary to treat heel pain. Some patients may require surgery to take care of the issue.
For more information on heel pain, please contact Dr. Asia Lo, Dr. Samuel Mendicino, and Dr. Manish Patel at Foot & Ankle Institute in Houston, TX. Call 281-531-4100 to schedule your appointment with your podiatrist today!