One minute you’re walking around and the next you find yourself losing your footing and within seconds feel pain in your ankle. Some may experience this type of injury by losing your balance while walking while others may injure themselves during exercise or while playing a sport but regardless of how the injury occurs, the question remains is it sprained or fractured?
A fracture is when the injury results in a break in the bone whereas a sprain is a stretched or torn ligament. Regardless of the diagnosis, both can be extremely painful. Before seeing an orthopedic doctor you can help gauge your injury by asking yourself these questions:
If you are unsure about the severity of your injury, wait between two to four days but in the process of waiting it out, treat your ankle injury using the RICE method.
Although life may be hectic, when an ankle injury occurs it is best to not push through as that can cause more damage such as ligament damage and weakness in the ankle.
After following the RICE method and the pain has not subsided and you have bruising or blisters and trouble putting weight on the ankle, calling our Atlanta orthopedic doctors should be your next step.
After meeting with your doctor they will determine what tests are need to be performed and those could be anything from an xray to an MRI. An x ray can determine if the bone is broken and the MRI can detect if there is ligament damage. Most injuries to the ankle can be healed without surgery but if surgery is necessary, plates and screws may be placed on the side of the bone and a rod may be used to realign the broken bone.
At AICA Orthopedics our specialists will work with you to treat your injury and get you back on your feet. Please call us today to schedule an appointment at (404) 855-2141!