Everyday, the normal act of walking puts stress on your feet and ankles. Running, playing sports, and performing other physical movements can sometimes result in sprains or fractures.
At Dignity Health, our foot and ankle doctors work closely with orthopedic specialists to provide comprehensive care for a wide array mild and severe injuries.
Symptoms of a Sprained Ankle or Fracture
If you sprain your ankle or experience a fracture, the first and obvious symptom is pain. Along with discomfort, symptoms of a sprained ankle or fracture include:
- Swelling of the ankle, foot, or lower leg
- Not being able to move the injured foot or toes
- Tingling or numbness in the ankle, foot, or lower leg
- Difficulty with putting weight on the injured ankle or foot
- Misshapen bones or joints
To learn more about how we diagnose and treat fractures and ankle sprains in Arizona, Find a Doctor at Dignity Health. Our providers offer advanced care with humankindness.
Causes of a Sprained Ankle or Fracture
Mild foot and ankle sprains and fractures can happen from normal daily use. Specifically, a sprain occurs when the ankle or foot is forcefully moved out of a normal position. This can cause one or more ligaments to stretch and partially or completely tear.
Other causes may include:
- Walking or running on an uneven surface
- An awkward landing on the foot after jumping or pivoting
- A fall that causes the ankle to twist
The health care experts at Dignity Health in Arizona are dedicated to offering the very latest care to treat and manage a wide range of foot and ankle injuries.
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Treatment for a Sprained Ankle or Fracture at Dignity Health
Milder sprains may be treated with rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). Over-the-counter pain medicine can help with discomfort.
For more severe fractures and sprains, treatment may involve a splint, cast, or brace to help limit movement during the healing process. In addition, your doctor may recommend keeping weight off the affected foot. If there are broken bones, surgery may be needed to reset them. Physical therapy can help strengthen muscles in the ankle and foot.
Prevention methods include supportive footwear and warming up and cooling down when participating in sports and other physical activities.
Orthopedic doctors at Dignity Health specialize in offering effective treatment for foot and ankle fractures and sprains in Arizona.