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Canadian Olympic shot-put contender Brittany Crew is sitting out the Olympic Track and Field Trials in Montreal this week to give a badly sprained ankle some additional recovery time. While you’re probably not an Olympic athlete, at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we think there is something that our Middlesex County patients can learn from Crew’s wise move: rehabilitating ankle injuries can’t be rushed.

Back in May, Crew was competing in the Tucson Elite Classic in Arizona. On her first throw, her left foot hit the toe board and slid, shifting Crew’s weight, and putting full force on her right ankle. She heard a pop and then felt numb. Ankle sprains are rated by grades to express the severity of the injury. In Crew’s case, she sustained a Grade 2 sprain, a serious overstretching of the ankle ligaments where the joint remains stable and not displaced. By allowing her ankle, extra rest along with proper physical therapy and training, Crew hopes to be refreshed and at her peak in time for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo later in July.

How to Handle an Ankle Sprain

The takeaway from Crew’s story applies to all our patients. If you sustain an ankle-twisting injury here’s what you should know:

  • Ankle injuries can be tricky to self-assess. You may feel extreme pain, or, like Crew, the ankle may feel numb. Some patients make the mistake of thinking the sprain is “not too bad” because it isn’t very painful, and they can walk on it.

  • Seek medical care promptly. Your best course of action is to contact our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499 and letting our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas examine your injured ankle to evaluate the severity of the injury.

  • R-I-C-E in the meantime. Until the podiatrist can see you, follow the regimen: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation of the injured area.

  • Don’t Rush It. Your ankle may feel better before it’s fully healed. In addition to the ligaments getting back to normal, it’s essential to build up the surrounding muscles to support the ankle ligaments.

  • Finally, always complete the full course of therapy prescribed by the foot doctor to ensure a complete recovery and reduce your risk of future sprains.

 

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
January 30, 2019
Category: fractures

Winter is a great time to try a new sport, but with it comes a whole new slew of potential injuries! Here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, we often see a rise in ski and snowboard injuries around this time. One frequent injury we see is deemed the snowboard fracture – otherwise known as a lateral talar process fracture.

This type of fracture occurs on the outside of the lower ankle bone. It happens when the foot suddenly jams, forcing the lower ankle bone to push into the adjoining bone. This action frequently occurs during snowboarding actions like coming to a sudden stop, hence the name: snowboarder fracture.

Signs and symptoms:

A reason that these types of fractures are often misdiagnosed or ignored is that the symptoms can be easily attributed to a sprained ankle:

  • Extreme pain in the ankle area
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty or unable to bear weight on the injured ankle

A regular ankle x-ray may or may not reveal the lateral talar process fracture. Often, these types of fractures aren’t visible on an x-ray. If diagnostic tests stop at that step, then they often come to the conclusion that the patient has a bad ankle sprain. Our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas will thoroughly examine the injury – asking how it occurred and getting to the bottom of what it could be. Often an MRI or CT scan might be ordered as lateral talar process fractures can be more easily seen in these imaging tests.

Treatment

If the bones are severely displaced or shattered by the fracture, leaving painful bone fragments present, surgery might be necessary to clean out the injured area and reset the bone. If the break is less severe, ankle immobilization and avoiding weight bearing will allow healing to properly occur. With either treatment option, the patient will not be able to put weight on the ankle for 6 to 8 weeks. Not getting treatment or improperly following treatment instructions can lead to chronic ankle issues and a greater likelihood of future sprains.

If you’ve hurt yourself snowboarding, it’s time to give us a call. Our podiatrist here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can help to diagnose and treat your injury and get you back on your feet quickly. Our conveniently-located office serves the Cromwell, Connecticut area. Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment at (860) 632-5499.



 








 

 

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