Treatment for Your Ankle Injury
Controlling swelling is essential for an ankle sprain, especially as part of early treatment. Once the ankle becomes puffy, it can take months and months for complete healing to take place. If you can minimize the swelling early, you are looking at closer to 2-3 weeks of recovery. For this reason, we have developed dynamic compression splints, which can get you back to activity in the least amount of time.
If your injury occurs on a weekend or after office hours, it is common to go to an emergency room for treatment. ER doctors and medical staff do not view the injury as being life-threatening (and rightfully so, since it isn’t). They are more concerned with getting you treated and out in case a “true” emergency comes in. (Well, unless you are treated by one of my residents!) This leads to a high probability of either misdiagnosis or under-diagnosis. For example, they might note that your ankle has been sprained and miss a fifth-metatarsal fracture—sometimes (inaccurately) called a Jones fracture—that happens when the overextended ligament tugs on the outer edge of a fragile foot bone and pulls some of it off.
It’s important to note that if you are a smoker, the odds of complications of healing a fifth metatarsal fracture go up 10 fold. This bone is fragile because of diminished blood supply, and tobacco use makes things worse because it causes blood vessels to constrict. As such, surgery may not heal this. (So if you are looking for another reason to quit smoking or using tobacco products, there you go.)
Another potential secondary injury you may have with an ankle sprain is sinus tarsitis. Just like with those fifth metatarsal fractures, this is another condition often missed by ER staff. Of course, we know to look for it and will provide the appropriate care you need.
Speaking of “appropriate care you need,” come see us here at our Indianapolis, IN podiatrist office if you are in need of professional medical attention for any foot or ankle issue. Even something that may seem as minor as an ankle sprain can become a bigger problem when left untreated, is treated improperly, or not treated soon enough. Don’t try to “walk it off.” We will provide the treatment you need.
Call us at (317) 545-0505 to request your appointment or contact us online today!