By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
April 25, 2018
Category: Ankle Injury
Tags: ankle injury  

When you suffer a serious injury or trauma to your foot or ankle, you head for the emergency room. But what about injuries that don’t seem to warrant a hospital visit but are still painful and somewhat debilitating? At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we recommend that patients always get a foot or ankle injury checked, even if you don’t think it is serious. Determining how serious an injury is can be tricky—pain and swelling can flare up and then go down, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the condition is improving. In other instances, patients mistakenly believe that if they can walk on the affected foot or ankle, it can’t be sprained or fractured. Your best bet is to contact our podiatry office in Monmouth Junction, Edison or Monroe, New Jersey for an appointment as soon as possible. Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun (Ben) Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah will examine the foot or ankle and possibly order x-rays or other tests to determine the type and extent of your injury. Once a diagnosis is made, the best treatment plan can be formulated to suit your individual needs.

 In the meantime, you can relieve uncomfortable symptoms and help reduce pain using the RICE method:

REST—get off the injured foot. Bearing weight on a hurt foot almost always increases the severity of the issue. In some cases, it can even lead to a fall or a secondary injury.

ICE—icing the affected area several times a day for 15-20 minutes at a time can bring down the swelling and reduce pain. Do not put ice or an ice pack directly on the skin. Wrap it in a thin towel or put the towel on your foot and then apply ice to avoid damaging the skin.

COMPRESSION—by wrapping the ankle or the part of your foot that has been hurt with an elastic bandage, you can keep the swelling down and also provide a little stability to the foot while you wait for your podiatrist appointment. Don’t wrap too tightly, however, or you will actually increase swelling below the injured area. Signs of a wrap that’s too tight include numbness, tingling, coolness to the touch, and increased pain.

ELEVATE—try to keep your foot raised up on a few pillows when you are sitting or lying down. The goal is to get the injured part of your foot above the level of the heart. This will help reduce the amount of swelling and allow fluids to be reabsorbed naturally by the body.

If you injure your foot or ankle, don’t delay. Contact us by calling: 732-662-3050 immediately.