Foot and ankle sprains and fractures are some of the most common injuries treated at Upstate Podiatry Services in Schenectady, New York. The clinic’s expert board-certified podiatrist, Scott J. Pickett, DPM, can help treat your foot or ankle injury with a variety of treatments. Plus, he can work with you to strengthen the area, so you’re less likely to injure it again. If you have a sprain or fracture in your foot or ankle, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Pickett. Book through the online scheduling system or call the office.
A sprain is an injury to a ligament, which connects bones at a joint. Because your ankles bear so much of your body weight, suffering from a sprained ankle is one of the most common soft tissue and sports injuries men and women face. You can sprain your ankle if you:
Not only can you sprain your ankle by exercising or playing sports, but you can even injure it by taking an incorrect step during regular daily activities.
You can usually tell immediately if your ankle is sprained. Initially, you may find it difficult to bear weight on that ankle, or experience discomfort while walking. Over the following days, you might notice:
The only way to know for sure if you have an ankle sprain is to visit with Dr. Pickett for a thorough examination, which typically includes X-ray images of the area. It’s important to schedule an evaluation early on — even if you think the injury is minor — to ensure you don’t have a fracture.
Yes. Dr. Pickett and his team strive to relieve your pain and get you back on your feet as soon as possible. For the initial swelling and bruising, Dr. Pickett is likely going to suggest resting and elevating your ankle, while also applying ice every 3-4 hours, for the first 48 hours. That helps with blood circulation.
Depending on the severity of your sprain, you’re probably going to need to wrap the area with an elastic bandage. If you have a high ankle sprain, which is further up your calf, you could need a walking boot to help stabilize your injury. You may also need crutches to keep the weight off of your foot.
Dr. Pickett sometimes prescribes oral anti-inflammatory or painkiller medications to get you through the initial soreness. Sprained ankles typically heal over time, but if your ligament is severely torn, Dr. Pickett may need to perform surgery to repair your soft tissues.
If you have a foot or ankle sprain, or you’ve experienced a more serious fracture, schedule an evaluation at Upstate Podiatry Services online or by phone.