Southern Oregon Podiatrists Answer Your Top Questions About Foot and Ankle Pain
Stop questioning your foot and ankle pain. Start getting answers! Read our FAQ articles for tips from our Southern Oregon podiatrists to help you feel better and get healthy.
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Do I need surgery for an ankle sprain?
Sprained ankles are very common injuries, both for athletes and non-athletes. This condition happens when a foot twists beyond its normal range of motion and one of the ligaments becomes overly stretched or even tears. You will experience pain and discomfort from the injury, but needing surgical repair is quite rare for an ankle sprain.
Typically, this injury is effectively treated with conservative methods, which include following the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation), protecting the affected ankle with a brace, and easing back into physical activity.
When a procedure is required, options include either arthroscopy, which is a minimally invasive procedure, or reconstructive surgery. These are only necessary for injuries that fail to respond to conservative treatment options and persist after months of physical rehab, which is atypical for this kind of injury.
If you have any questions or are experiencing a stubborn sprained ankle that is not recovering normally, contact Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, L.L.C., and make an appointment to see Dr. Evan Merrill at our Medford, OR, office. Call us at (541) 776-3338 and get the pain relief you need today!
What does R.I.C.E. stand for?
Staying physically active is very important—for weight management, cardiovascular fitness, and many other health benefits. There is a risk of injury though, particularly in a sport such as running. Taking training too far, too quickly, wearing a poor-fitting pair of shoes, or landing on an uneven surface can lead to a number of foot or ankle injuries. The term R.I.C.E. is an acronym used to describe the treatment you should take immediately after an injury. With an ankle sprain for example you would start with “R” which stands for rest—taking weight off your foot to remove pressure and further strain. Second, “I” stands for icing your ankle to alleviate pain and swelling. Third, the “C” stands for compression, which means wearing a bandage or compression sock to also help with inflammation. Last, the “E” is for elevation—keeping your ankle elevated above your heart will also help reduce swelling and pain.
If you have a foot or ankle injury or require further information about foot care, contact Dr. Evan Merrill at Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle. You can reach our Medford, OR office by calling (541) 776-3338 or you can request an appointment online.