Podiatrist & Foot Surgeon located in Midtown East, New York, NY
Sprains and strains are the most common injuries resulting in loss of work time. If you’ve hurt your ankle, chances are you have a sprain or strain. Board-certified podiatrist John Jurcisin, DPM, ABPS, FACFAS, at Precision Footcare in Midtown East, New York City, can diagnose and treat your ankle sprain or strain. Use the online scheduling tool or call the practice for an appointment today.
Sprains and Strains Q & A
What is the difference between a sprain and a strain?
A sprain occurs when the ligaments connecting two bones together are stretched or torn, while a sprain involves injury to the muscle or band of tissue attaching muscle to bone. Ankles are the most common location for sprains. Strains can happen in any muscle, but most commonly affect your lower back, neck, hamstring, and shoulder.
How can I tell if I have a sprained ankle or a strain?
The symptoms of sprains and strains are similar, as both cause pain and swelling. However, there are a few notable differences.
Sprains involve difficulty moving the joint where the ligament is located. When the injury occurs, sprains often result in a popping sound in the joint.
A strain involves cramping around the injury. Strains may also cause muscle spasms or make it difficult to move the injured muscle.
You can treat minor sprains and strains at home with rest, ice, compression, and elevation of the injured area.
When should I see a doctor for a sprained ankle?
The same injuries that cause ankle sprains can also cause serious injuries, such as bone fractures. You should visit Dr. Jurcisin if you:
- Can’t bear weight on the affected joint
- Can’t move the affected joint
- Experience numbness in or around the injury
- Have pain over the bones of the injured joint
If you experience any of the signs of a serious injury, schedule an appointment with Dr. Jurcisin for diagnosis and a treatment plan, which may involve physical therapy or surgery.
When should I see a doctor for a muscle strain?
Most muscle strains are mild to moderate injuries and home treatment is enough. But you should seek medical attention if any of the following occurs:
- The pain isn’t decreasing after a week
- Your injury is bleeding
- You can’t move your arms or legs
- The injured area is numb
- You can’t walk
Dr. Jurcisin performs a physical exam of your injury, along with X-rays or MRI scans if necessary, to determine the extent of injury and an appropriate treatment plan.
If you’ve experienced a severe ankle sprain or strain, use the online booking tool or call Precision Footcare to schedule an appointment today.
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