If you have injured your ankle, then you are probably in a lot of pain. Regardless of whether they are minor or severe, injury ankles tend to cause a considerable amount of pain. To help you determine whether you should just ice your ankle injury and take a non-aspirin painkiller to help relieve your pain or make an appointment with a podiatrist to have your ankle examined and a treatment plan drawn up, there are a few things you can do.
Recount the Injury in Your Head
Think about the way in which you were injured and try to remember exactly what happened. Did your ankle crack or pop? If you remember hearing a distinct crack, then you should see a podiatrist at your earliest convenience or go to the emergency room if you are in excruciating pain. If you would describe the noise you heard as more of a popping or tearing sound, then your ankle is more likely to be sprained. Sprains can be very painful, but unless severe, can be treated with simple icepacks and rest.
Examine the Joint
If the joint is just swollen, then you’ve probably sprained your ankle. If you can identify a lump or your joint appears crooked, you may have broken your ankle and should see a podiatrist.
Do You Feel Any Numbness?
If the area around your ankle is numb, your injury could be pretty severe. If you identify any other signs that your ankle may be broken, visit a podiatrist for an expert examination immediately.
Try to Move Your Ankle
Even if you are experiencing discomfort, if you can move your ankle, then you probably only have a sprain. If you try to move your ankle and cannot, it is likely broken.
If any of the aforementioned signs that your ankle may be broken are present, or if your pain and swelling do not subside within two or three days of your injury, then set up an appointment with a podiatrist to determine the nature of your injury and your treatment options. With more than 25 years of medical podiatry experience, Dr. Les J. Glubo is one of Manhattan’s premiere podiatrists. To book an appointment, visit Grand Central Foot Care’s website or call us at (212) 697-3293 today!
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