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Sprains vs. Strains

Many people have difficulty differentiating between an ankle sprain and an ankle strain. These two injuries have similar names and similar symptoms. A sprain is an injury of the ligaments, which are the flexible connective tissue that hold together bones or joints. When a ligament in the ankle is overstretched or torn, symptoms such as pain, tenderness, swelling, and a limited range of motion can result. A strain is an injury of the muscles or their connecting tendons. When these tissues are stretched past their limits or torn, this is known as a strain. Symptoms of ankle strain include pain, inflammation, swelling, redness, muscle cramps and weakness. The best way to differentiate between an ankle sprain and an ankle strain is to see a podiatrist.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with the foot specialists from Certified Foot Care. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Larchmont, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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