Posts for: June, 2019
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 when it’s time to turn to a podiatrist to get your discomfort under control.
Foot and ankle pain are the most common reasons people visit our West Houston, TX, podiatrists Dr. Asia Lo, Dr. Samuel Mendicinio and Dr. Manish Patel. If you are currently dealing with pain and discomfort, chances are good that you want to find a way to alleviate that pain. You also want to know whether your symptoms warrant seeing a medical professional.
A good rule of thumb is never to ignore any kind of pain, particularly any pain experienced in the feet or ankles. After all, pain that prevents you from performing certain activities will make your everyday routine difficult and stop you from staying physically active. Here are some common causes of pain that you should not ignore.
Pain on the Top or Sides of the Feet and Ankles
There are many reasons your feet might be screaming out in pain. Perhaps you are dealing with bone spurs, stress fractures, inflammation, or joint issues. Of course, foot or ankle pain may be the only symptom present that’s trying to let you know that something is wrong.
Whether you’ve just recently begun a new activity or often wear shoes that are a bit too tight for your feet then these could all be reasons for your discomfort. Since many conditions can be progressive if left untreated, it’s important to turn to our West Houston, TX, foot and ankle specialists right away for diagnosis and treatment.
Heel pain, which is usually caused by an inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis, can make it difficult to move around let alone go about your normal workout routine. Walking up stairs may be particularly painful and you may find that you have trouble bearing weight on your feet because the heel pain is intense. Pain is often worse in the morning but can get better as your body begins to move around.
While plantar fasciitis can often be treated with simple at-home care it’s also important that you avoid high-impact activities and rest as much as possible. If the pain doesn’t ease up after five days of at-home care then it’s time to see a foot doctor, as plantar fasciitis can become chronic.
Immediate Pain in the Morning
Mornings are rough enough. We don’t need to make them any worse by dealing with foot or ankle pain first thing in the morning. While foot pain is often a sign of plantar fasciitis, which we mentioned above, it can also be a sign of Achilles tendonitis, arthritis, bone spurs, or flat feet.
While not every little foot or ankle discomfort will need to be examined by a podiatrist it’s always best to play it safe. If symptoms don’t improve within a week, or if symptoms are already severe, then it’s time to see someone. Call Foot & Ankle Institute in West Houston, TX, to schedule a consultation with one of our foot specialists.