After suffering from an ankle injury you may be quick to judge that you have broken a bone; however, spraining your ankle can be just as painful. While there are many similarities between a broken bone and a sprain, it’s important to know all of the signs to look for so you can get the proper treatment. Depending on how bad the sprain is will let you know if you need to go to a professional, or if you can stay home and ice it for a week. Either way, you must allow your injury to properly heal before putting pressure on it. If you are still unsure if you should have a professional check out your injury, it’s always better to come in just to be safe. Luckily, our team at Green Health Consulting LLC can take a look at your injury and let you know how we think you should proceed. This way you will have a professional opinion on whether you can stay home and treat it, or if you should consider other options. To learn more about all of the signs of a sprained ankle, keep reading.
What are the Signs of a Sprained Ankle?
While some of the signs of a sprained ankle are very similar to those of a broken ankle, the pain levels will be much different. Sprain ankles are usually very temporary and will not hinder your day to day routine too much in comparison to a broken ankle that will require you to change things up a little bit to accommodate your injury. Whether you think the injury is a sprain or a fracture, knowing the signs can help you at least know that something is wrong. Some of the common signs of a sprained ankle are:
- Popping sensation when the injury occurred
- Tenderness to the touch
- Pain when you stand on your ankle
When you notice some of the above signs you must take a step back from physical activity such as sports and focus on recovery. If it is a sprain, you are going to want to make sure you let it heal completely before getting back into the swing of things. While a fracture sounds worse on paper, a sprain can result in worse injuries in the future due to many people not allowing it to fully heal. Think about it this way, would you rather have to lay low for 2-3 weeks or 2-3 months? A sprain is very temporary but only if you take care of it the right way with no shortcuts.
When Should You See a Doctor?
Seeing a doctor is not always necessary when you have injured yourself. Many minor and temporary injuries are those that can be treated from the comfort of your home, similar to how you would treat a head cold. However, if you are finding yourself getting anxious about your injury then we recommend either speaking with your doctor over the phone or setting up an appointment. This way you can have peace of mind and receive an expert’s opinion on treatment. If you decide to treat yourself at home and notice your injury is not getting better over time but is instead, getting increasingly worse, then you may not have a sprain. In this situation, you should most definitely go see a doctor and have your ankle evaluated. The last thing you want is to not get your fracture treated and continue to put pressure on it.
Here at Green Health Consulting LLC, our team can help you with many different medical issues. From a sprained ankle to helping you apply for your medical marijuana card, we are here for you when it comes to just about anything. If you have injured yourself recently and are unsure of the severity of it, give us a call and we can schedule an appointment for you. Worst case scenario you come in and there ends up being nothing to be concerned about. To learn more about our services and how we can help you, give us a call today at (954) 755-4880.