Acclaim Foot and Ankle Center
David F. Corcoran, DPM
Podiatrist located in Phoenix, AZ & Scottsdale, AZ
A slip, a sports injury, or a work accident can leave you with a sprain or strain, which can take weeks or months to heal. To make sure you’re on the right path to recovery, visit Dr. David F. Corcoran, DPM, at Acclaim Foot & Ankle Center. Serving patients in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona, Dr. Corcoran offers straightforward solutions that help you relieve pain and regain mobility in your body. For a personalized consultation, book an appointment online or call the office today.
Sprains and Strains Q & A
What are sprains and strains?
Sprains and strains are injuries that commonly occur on areas like the ankles, feet, lower back, or neck. While they have similar names, sprains and strains are not the same thing. A strain happens when there is injury to a muscle or tendon, usually a stretch or tear. A sprain, in contrast, affects a ligament, which is the tissue that connects a bone to its joint.
The ankle is one of the most common areas to sustain a sprain or strain, and these types of injuries can take a long time to heal, especially if you don’t receive proper medical care.
What are the symptoms of sprains and strains?
The symptoms associated with a sprain or strain vary from one person to the next, depending on the area affected and the severity of the injury. Some of the most common signs of a sprain or strain may include:
- Pain: usually rapid onset, sometimes associated with movement or activity
- Swelling: may be accompanied by heat, redness of the skin, or tenderness to the touch
- Immobility: limited range of motion; inability to use the injured area normally
A sprain or strain might also cause muscle spasms, stiffness, or numbness and tingling. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms and they aren’t getting better with rest or home remedies, contact Acclaim Foot & Ankle Center for an evaluation.
How are sprains and strains treated?
The first step of treatment when it comes to a sprain or strain is to determine the location and severity of the injury. Dr. Corcoran might recommend an X-ray or conduct movement tests to assess your range of motion.
Once he has an understanding of the injury, he can create a customized treatment plan, which may include:
- Topical medications or anti-inflammatory drugs
- Injections to manage pain and reduce swelling
- A pneumatic walking boot, which helps to compress and immobilize the foot
If you’re suffering from a new injury or have chronic pain from an old one, contact Acclaim Foot & Ankle Center today. Call the office or schedule a consultation online to get started.