Answers to Your Top Questions About Foot and Ankle Pain
When you’re in pain, it’s hard to focus on anything else. We understand - we can help you get started towards fast relief with these answers to the most common questions we hear about foot and ankle pain in Carolina and get youback to focusing on what actually matters to you.
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Is my injury an ankle sprain or a fracture?
Telling whether you may have an ankle sprain or a fracture can be harder than you might think, especially without X-rays. A moderate to severe sprain and a fracture have many common symptoms. They’re both sudden, painful injuries. You may or may not hear a popping sound when either occurs. Both cause swelling, bruising, tenderness, and weakness. You may or may not be able to walk around with either injury.
The problem is most likely a sprain if following RICE—rest, ice, compress, and elevate—for a few hours or even days helps alleviate the intensity of the symptoms. Putting weight on the foot after a period of rest, or pressing on high-risk areas like the lower tips, tops, and sides of the inner and outer ankle bones, should hurt less with time and home care. If there is persistent pain in these high-risk areas, even after a period of home care, it’s more likely a fracture. The Carolina Podiatry Group team can take an X-ray to confirm this. Let our staff help care for your injury. Use the web contact form or call to reach us: (803) 285-1411 for the Lancaster office or (803) 548-FEET for Fort Mill.
Can I walk on a broken foot?
Unlike a broken ankle which can cause immobility, a broken bone in your forefoot (metatarsals) or in your toes (phalanges) is painful, but not necessarily disabling. Stress fractures are tiny cracks in the bone surface. These occur most often in athletes as a result of increased training, change in terrain, and improper techniques. Other types of fractures break through the bone completely. These can be stable, meaning the bones are still aligned, or displaced, which means the ends of the bones do not line up. This type of break usually is caused by sudden trauma, like something heavy falling on your foot. Typically you can walk on a broken foot, however, doing so will aggravate the situation. It’s best to give your foot a rest, and keep weight off it, so that bones can take the time they need to heal. It is always best to get an injury like a fracture checked out to ensure proper treatment.
If you have hurt your foot, visit Carolina Podiatry, Inc. Make an appointment with Brandon Percival, DPM, Julie Percival, DPM, or William Harris IV, DPM by calling (803) 285-1411 in Lancaster, or (803) 548-FEET in Fort Mill, SC.