How To Tell a Foot Sprain From a Fracture!

If you’re like me, you probably jump at every opportunity to get out side and play. Whether that mean going for a walk at Sugar Loaf, playing a game of bocce ball in the yard or volleyball at the beach, just about any outdoor activity can sometimes lead to an injured foot or ankle, if we aren’t careful! So if you happen to injure your foot or ankle, how can you tell if it’s a sprain or fracture?

A sprain is trauma to the ligaments. It can range in severity and may involve damage to the surrounding tissues. You may find that you have bruising, pain, swelling and inflammation. To treat a sprain, you must rest your feet by following the RICE method: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Discontinue the activity that caused the sprain while your foot heals. You may find that physical therapy or MLS Laser Therapy can help get you back to full strength.

A fracture is an injury to the bones. A bone can be broken in one place or in multiple areas. When a bone breaks, it can cause damage to surrounding parts of the foot including the ligaments and the joints. You will feel immediate pain, and there might be swelling, bruising and redness. In most cases where there is a fracture, you will not be able to put any weight on the foot because of the pain and instability. Any time you suspect a broken bone, come in and see us as soon as possible so that treatment can occur. Your bone may need to be set back into its correct position, and you will have to immobilize the area (by way of a cast or splint) until it heals.

For more information on treating a foot sprain or a break, call Dr. John Hollander at 707-578-1222 to schedule an appointment. You want any injury—to you or your child—to be treated quickly and so it will heal well and avoid future complications, so please, do not hesitate to give us a call.