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Did you sprain your ankle? Ankle sprains are common injuries, often causes when the ankle is forced to bend more than normal. Ankle sprains are often very painful and incapacitating. If properly treated, your ankle sprain will heal well, allowing safe return to activity. Family Foot and Ankle Center in Reston/Herndon, Ashburn/Leesburg, Fairfax/Burke and McLean/Great Falls, VA, offers treatments for ankle sprains. Here's how to treat ankle sprains.
1. Rest your ankle.
All ankle sprains require a period of rest. The length of time will depend on your grade of sprain. Your foot doctor can help you with a timeline. Resting your ankle will allow the healing process to begin. Stay off your feet most of the time and gently exercise your ankle regularly to avoid stiffness. Avoid strenuous activites, such as jumping and running, until you can walk without it causing any pain.
2. Elevate your ankle.
Keeping your ankle raised above the level of your chest for several days after injury. Elevation is important after an ankle injury as it helps to reduce the amount of blood flow to the injured area. This helps to reduce the bruising, discomfort, and inflammation. Use some pillows to keep the area raised. Keep your foot elevated for a couple of hours per day until your ankle stops swelling.
3. Ice your ankle.
Ice treatment can help reduce swelling and pain. To make an ice pack, fill a plastic bag with ice. Put an ice pack on your injured ankle for 10 minutes every 2 hours. Wrap an elastic bandage around the ice pack to hold it in place. Don't ice your ankle more than 20 minutes at a time to avoid frostbite. If you have diabetes or circulation issues, talk to your doctor before applying ice.
4. Compress your ankle.
Apply a firm compression bandage from the toes to above the ankle. Wrapping your ankle may be the best way to avoid swelling and bruising. Wrap the compression bandage around your ankle and foot, and secure it with medical tape. Make sure the bandage does not make your pain worse or restrict blood flow to your toes. Do combine rest and elevation with compression whenever possible.
5. Take a pain reliever.
If you have severe pain, a narcotic pain reliever will make you feel better. An over-the-counter pain reliever may also help reduce your pain and inflammation. Most doctors recommend anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or ketoprofen. You can also take acetaminophen for pain, although this medicine does not reduce swelling. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
6. See a podiatrist in Reston/Herndon, Ashburn/Leesburg, Fairfax/Burke and McLean/Great Falls.
If you have an ankle sprain, see a podiatrist for a full evaluation. Podiatrists can diagnose and treat ankle sprains. Your podiatrist may order x-rays to determine if you have a broken bone in your ankle. You may receive an ankle brace to keep your ankle from moving and allow ligaments to heal. Your podiatrist will also give you medications to reduce discomfort and swelling. Once you can bear weight without increased pain, strengthening exercises will be added to your treatment plan.
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A bone bruise is a common foot injury that can happen to people of all ages. A bone bruise is an injury that isn’t as serious as a bone fracture but can still cause pain and other issues. Even though you can develop a bone bruise anywhere on your body it’s fairly common for a bone bruise to develop on your feet where bones are closer to the surface of the skin and often more prone to injury.
When you think of the word bruise maybe you often think about injuries to the skin, but this doesn’t mean that bones can’t also sustain a similar injury. You may find yourself particularly susceptible to bone bruises if you are an athlete, if you aren’t wearing the proper protective gear for your sport or if your job requires you to be on your feet most of the day.
Besides the standard bruise that will appear near the bone there are other symptoms that you may also experience including:
- Joint stiffness or limited mobility
- Pain or tenderness near the bruise
Depending on the extent of the bone bruise, your symptoms can last as little as a couple of days or as long as a few months. If you notice that swelling hasn’t gone away or has gotten worse, or if the pain isn’t being properly managed with over-the-counter pain medications, then it’s time to visit a foot doctor who can determine whether you are dealing with a bone bruise or if these symptoms are due to a more serious injury.
If you have a minor bone bruise this injury can often be managed with simple at-home solutions such as taking OTC anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain and swelling, as well as icing the injury and resting the foot as much as possible. While the bone heals it’s important that you don’t participate in any physical activities that could exacerbate the injury.
To keep swelling down it’s important to elevate the leg as much as possible throughout the day. If you have a more severe bone bruise that has also affected a joint, a podiatrist may recommend wearing a brace or splint to help support and stabilize the joint until the bruise has fully healed. In some cases, you may even benefit from physical therapy and daily stretching and strengthening exercises.
If you are dealing with foot pain and other symptoms that don’t seem to go away with at-home care then it’s important that you turn to a podiatrist you can trust. Whether you think you are dealing with a bone bruise or a potential fracture, let us help you figure out the cause of your symptoms and create a treatment plan that will have you back on your feet.
If you have a job that keeps you on your feet day in and day out, chances are good that you are probably looking for some ways to keep those feet from feeling too tired, achy or sore. Standing for the majority of the day can be hard work for your feet, not to mention your legs and back. We know that just one foot problem could keep you out of work for many days, so why not take the extra precautions now to keep your feet healthy during those long, grueling days?
From poor circulation and joint damage to arthritis of the knee and bunions, there is a laundry list of symptoms, conditions, and injuries that can result from prolonged standing or moving around. Here are just some ways to prevent these issues from happening to you in the first place.
Take Some Time to Rest
We know that you probably don’t get a lot of breaks during the workday but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take a little time here and there to actually give your working feet a rest. If it’s possible to still perform some tasks at work by sitting then, by all means, grab a chair and tackle them while sitting down and giving your poor feet and legs a rest. If you can alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day, this will go a long way to improving the health of your feet.
Stretch it Out
If you have to stand or walk around the majority of the day it’s important that you find time to stretch out your feet and legs. From simple exercises like spreading out your toes and holding the position for several seconds 10 times a day to the step stretch (which can help alleviate symptoms of plantar fasciitis and stretch out tight calves) to rolling a tennis ball under the arches of your feet, there are many ways to stretch out the muscles in the feet and legs to prevent stiffness and pain. Better yet, these exercises can be performed throughout the day without taking time away from your work.
The Shoes You Wear Matter
Despite the fact that you may want to wear your dressiest or stylish shoes to work, if you are on your feet for most of the day then you’ll want to trade in those shoes for something more practical and ergonomic. Comfort and support are key features to any shoes when you are on your feet for long periods of time. The shoes you wear could either provide the support and stability your feet need or they could leave them feeling sore, achy and weak at the end of the day. Turn to a shoe specialist who can fit you with the proper footwear for your individual needs.
If you have questions about how to properly care for your feet or whether orthotics could help provide additional stability and cushioning during those long days on your feet, then it’s time you turned to a foot doctor. We can help you decide which options are best for you.
Compression socks (or stockings) are therapeutic apparel that is worn for long periods of time to help blood circulate throughout the legs to prevent blood clots. While it seems like anyone could benefit from wearing compression socks, not everyone needs to wear them. On the other hand, there are certain conditions, risk factors and even professions that may mean that you should consider wearing compression socks.
While compression socks can be worn by just about anyone and won’t cause complications, it’s important to know who could truly benefit from this special footwear. Here are some factors that may determine whether compression socks are right for you:
Are you a frequent flier who spends many hours sitting on a plane? Do you work for an airline as a pilot or flight attendant? If so, then compression stockings may be essential for healthy legs and feet. After all, long flights can put a lot of strain on your body in ways that you may not even notice. Even a four-hour flight is enough to cause blood to pool in the legs, resulting in stiffness and swelling. This can happen to everyone, not just elderly fliers. Besides getting up every half hour to stretch your legs and get the blood circulating, it’s also a good idea to have a reliable pair of compression stockings handy.
We are all aware of the changes in hormones that occur during pregnancy. These hormonal changes also affect the health and function of your veins. While wearing compression stockings may reduce your chances of developing unsightly and potentially painful spider and varicose veins, the most important part of wearing these socks is that it can also prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Since DVT is one of the most common complications of pregnancy it’s important that you talk to your foot doctor about whether compression stockings are a good option for you during your pregnancy.
Prolonged Bed Rest
Whether you are recovering from a serious surgery or you are dealing with a high-risk pregnancy, there are many reasons why someone may be required to stay in bed for several months. Since you won’t be moving around enough for blood to properly flow and circulate to all areas of your body, it’s important that you consider wearing compression stockings during this time. Not only can it prevent a blood clot from forming but it can also ease cramping and other uncomfortable symptoms.
If you have questions about compression socks and whether they can benefit you then it’s time you turned to a foot specialist who can help answer your questions and make sure your feet are getting the proper day-to-day care they need to stay healthy.
Do you notice that your feet seem to sweat quite often? Are you looking for a way to tame this embarrassing condition so that you can wear shoes without leaving a puddle behind? Have you tried a variety of products but not found relief? If so, then you may have been told that baby powder is a great way to dry up the sweat and prevent odor. Can baby powder really be all that you need to clear up your sweaty feet?
Baby powder can be made from either cornstarch or talcum powder. If you also have sensitive skin then you may be looking for a product that will tackle your sweat problem without irritating your delicate skin. If this is the case, there are products on the market that are medicated and provide safe relief with a pleasant cooling effect.
Of course, baby powders aren’t without their cons. Some people dislike how messy this product can be. If you sweat a lot you might end up with clumps of baby powder on your feet and in your shoes. Even though baby powder won’t be as effective as an antiperspirant, it can be a good way to reduce sweaty feet.
However, there are certainly other ways to tackle foot sweat and odor without resorting to baby powder. One effective way is to make sure that you change your socks often and opt for a light, breathable material like cotton. Also, choose leather or canvas shoes that allow your feet to breathe, and don’t wear the same shoes twice in a row. After wearing your shoes, apply a talcum powder or antiperspirant to the shoes and allow them to thoroughly dry for at least a day before wearing them again.
When washing your feet everyday opt for an antibacterial soap, which can help fight the bacteria that cause offensive foot odor and sweat. While sweaty feet may seem like a rather self-limiting problem, if you are having trouble tackling this issue on your own (or if nothing seems to help reduce how much your feet sweat) then this could be caused by a medical condition. This is when you should turn to a podiatrist who can determine the cause of your excessively sweaty feet and how to treat the problem.
Don’t let sweaty feet embarrass you any longer. Turn to a foot doctor who can help!