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The normal walking you do every day puts considerable stress on your feet and ankles, which can sometimes result in fractures (breaks) or sprains (ligament damage). Fortunately, even the most serious foot and ankle injuries usually respond well to treatment.
Pain is the primary symptom of a foot or ankle fracture or sprain. Other signs and symptoms of foot and ankle fractures or sprains include:
Think you may have a sprained or broken ankle or foot in Las Vegas or Henderson, NV? Dignity Health - St. Dominican can provide the orthopedic treatment you need to relieve pain and other symptoms. Find an orthopedist near you or call (702) 616-4900 today.
Low-grade fractures and sprains of the foot and ankle can result from normal daily use. Your feet and ankles also can be injured due to a misstep that causes you to twist your ankle, participating in an athletic activity, or being involved in a car accident or some other type of trauma.
Most foot and ankle fractures and sprains can be effectively treated. Treatment includes relieving pain, repairing damaged bones or ligaments, and regaining function. You can treat mild sprains at home with a combination of rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). RICE reduces inflammation and swelling. Over-the-counter pain relievers also may be helpful.
Fractures or serious sprains require emergency medical attention. Treatment may include a cast, splint or brace, weight-bearing restrictions, and possibly surgery to correctly set broken bones and aid with healing. Physical therapy also may be part of your treatment plan.
You can help prevent fractures and sprains in your feet and ankles by wearing shoes that provide stability and support, participating in athletic events at an intensity appropriate for your general fitness level, and by warming up and cooling down when engaging in sports. Talk to an orthopedist or sports medicine expert to learn more.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican treats foot and ankle fractures and sprains in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.