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It's Just an Ankle Sprain - No Big Deal...Right?

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I have friends, family, and patients ask me all the time about their feet – it’s an occupational hazard!  One of the most common problems that people ask me about is what to do if they suffer from an ankle sprain.  Our website is updated with great information on how to treat ankle sprains, but the bigger question is WHEN and WHY should you see a doctor when you roll your ankle?

The answer is simple – ankle sprains involve as series of ligaments on the outside part of your foot and ankle.  These ligaments attach to the bones of your ankle and foot and get torn when you invert the ankle.  The biggest reason why you should see a doctor right away is sometimes those bones are also broken when you have a sprain.  Just because you can bear weight (or walk) on it, doesn’t mean it’s not a serious injury!

Getting x-rays and possibly immobilizing the affected foot will dramatically decrease healing and recovery time of these all too common injuries.  For every day we don’t practice PRICE therapy, we add almost 1 week to healing time.

This is critically important for even the most casual of athletes (which we all are!) because if we don’t evaluate and treat these injuries right away, we can end up with lateral ankle instability or an unhealed fracture.

Don’t just “walk it off”!  Call 309-661-9975 for same day or a Saturday appointment to avoid prompt care lines and immediate service!

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