When it comes to a foot injury people often use words like a sprain, rolled, or a twisted ankle. Dr. Jeremy Schwartz, an orthopedic surgeon on the medical staff of Lee Health, says there is a difference in the injuries and treatments. “There’s two different types of problems we see, fractures, or broken bones, and ligament tears, or sprains.”
An ankle injury can happen suddenly, and doctors say they can come in many forms. But the type of injury will determine the length of recovery. “When people say I twisted, I rolled, I sprained my ankle, that’s a soft tissue injury; usually, a ligament, but sometimes a tendon. Ligaments attach two bones together and tendons attach muscles to bones,” said Dr. Schwartz.
With any kind of foot injury, doctors say patients typically don’t need immediate attention but should use the R-I-C-E method (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) to ease the pain.. “If you have a little bit of bruising, not a ton of pain, you’re able to weight bear on it, it just hurts a little bit, we would recommend rest, ice, elevation, and compression and a lot of times if it’s better in a day or two it probably was a mild sprain and there’s nothing to worry about,” said Dr. Schwartz.
If a patient is unable to put weight on the injured foot or notices the foot is crooked, it’s time to get treatment. “A broken bone believe it or not rarely needs surgery in the ankle so unless you break both bones around your ankle and one bone so severely that it moves, most of those can be treated in a boot or a cast,” said Dr. Schwartz.
If surgery is required, patients are typically back to their normal routine in six to eight weeks.
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