Ankle injuries are among the most common problems treated by foot doctors. An ankle sprain or strain often happens without warning by rolling your foot over while playing sports or by awkwardly stepping on a curb while crossing the street. The ankle joint consists of many bones, ligaments, and other tissues that are susceptible to stress and injury. Even a seemingly minor injury can be severe and lead to future problems if improperly treated.

Prompt and proper treatment for foot and ankle injuries is essential:

  • Use the RICE protocol—Rest, ice, compression, and elevation for a painful foot or ankle injury will allow the swelling to subside. It will also help to get a better idea of the severity of the injury.
  • Accurately diagnose and treat the problem—The source of foot and ankle problems can often be difficult to trace. Pain from one part of the foot can radiate to other areas. An accurate diagnosis is essential for proper treatment, so it’s best to have all foot and ankle injuries checked out by your podiatrist to get the proper care.
  • To prevent future complications—Even a seemingly minor ankle injury can lead to chronic ankle problems. Work with your foot doctor to achieve proper healing and to incorporate physical therapy exercises to slowly increase ankle strength and stability without causing another injury.

If you have recently suffered a sprained ankle, see your foot doctor to ensure proper healing and to help avoid chronic ankle instability and avoid the need for future surgery. At Atlantic Foot and Ankle Specialists, Dr. Melissa Robitaille and Dr. Todd Newsom treat virtually all types of foot and ankle disorders including bunions, hammertoes, ingrown toenails, and heel pain. Equipped with leading-edge technologies such as extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) and laser surgery for toenail fungus, we provide specialized, compassionate service for patients in the Pooler, Georgia area of Chatham County. For any pain and discomfort you are experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact us today at (912) 988-3323.

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