Find Out if It’s a Fracture or a Sprain
The speediest recovery journey starts with getting the right diagnosis. Sometimes, people don’t seek treatment for fractures early enough because they think it’s “just a sprain.” But even if it is a sprain, it’s best to have proper treatment. Sprains and fractures that don’t heal properly can lead to more injuries, aches, and pains in the future.
if you have any of the following symptoms, come visit Lakes Foot & Ankle Associates for a thorough examination:
- You can’t walk or put weight on your foot or ankle
- Your pain is moderate to severe
- You have visible swelling, bruising, or redness
- The bone(s) of your foot or ankle appear abnormal
- After a few days of rest and ice, your injury isn’t improving
Seek a Podiatrist with Advanced Diagnostic Testing
You may think that in today’s day and age all X-rays would be digital. But a lot of doctors still use traditional film X-rays because, let’s face it, they’re cheaper. At Lakes Foot & Ankle Associates, we’ve invested in the digital X-ray because it’s safer, provides higher resolution images, and produces near-instant results that we can quickly assess, right in our office.
Podiatrists are also specially trained in X-rays that are weight-bearing. Often, patients have X-rays taken at Urgent Care facilities and the ER, which are never shot as weight-bearing. This leads to misdiagnosed conditions, and often missed fractures, such as harder-to-see injuries like stress fractures.
We’re also one of the few podiatrists to use diagnostic ultrasounds. With this technology, we can see bone contours with an extra dimension of detail. Plus, fractures are often accompanied by ligament, tendon, and muscle problems that an X-ray alone can’t detect. These techniques allow us to see the whole picture of your injury, determine the root cause of foot pain or ankle pain, and determine the best treatment method!
Follow Your Treatment Plan (And Ask Questions!)
With some fractures, the bones shift out of place; with milder fractures, the bones stay where they are. Both will require rest and immobilization, but treatment will depend on the complexity of the injury. We’ll always provide options, information, and resources so you can make the best decisions for your situation, lifestyle, and goals—and we encourage you to ask questions!
Milder fractures typically don’t require surgery, simply the right method to keep your bones in place while they recover, such as a boot, splint, or cast. If the bones are only slightly out of place, we may be able to realign them without surgery. However, we may recommend surgery if:
- The bone is considerably out of place
- There is extensive soft tissue damage accompanying your fracture
- Your pain is caused by an old injury where the bones didn’t heal properly