March Madness may be over, but that doesn’t mean basketball is gone for the season. Wham Basketball for kids in Gilbert, AZ and the men’s 5-on-5 leagues in Chandler keep the game alive into the summer, and then there are always those pickup games in the local parks. That means the risk of an ankle sprain or fracture hasn’t gone away, either.
If you or someone you know injures this joint, it can be hard to know exactly what’s wrong. That’s because both a sprain and a broken ankle can have the same sort of symptoms:
- Pain in the joint that is sudden and often severe
- Puffiness or swelling around the ankle
- Bruising from damaged capillaries under the skin
- Not being able to stand or walk on it
A sprain involves overstretching or tearing of ligaments that hold the bones in place, while a fracture is a break in any of the bones. So how do you tell one from the other? You may not be able to, because it often takes an x-ray to determine whether a bone in the joint is broken. People have struggled for days thinking it was “just a sprain,” while damaging a broken bone even further by hobbling around on it. That is why you should always have Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona check out any ankle injury.
We treat lots of sports injuries, so we know the right questions to ask about what you were doing when it happened, what movements cause pain, whether you have had ankle issues in the past, and so on. Then a combination of physical evaluation of the foot and imaging tests can give us the information we need to diagnose what’s wrong and design the best treatment for it.
You can get a head start with RICE first aid therapy until you get to our office. This includes rest (staying off the foot), icing, compression (elastic wrap to hold down swelling), and elevating the foot above hip level. A mild sprain may feel better after a day or two of this treatment, but you still want to come see us, because complete healing and reconditioning are necessary to prevent future issues.
Call Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona at the following numbers to get the best care for your foot and ankle injuries:
Chandler, AZ office: (480) 963-9000
Gilbert, AZ office: (480) 981-1800
We’ll help you heal properly so you can get back on the court again.