Injuries of the foot and ankle are very common among athletes. Common injuries that may be faced include sprains, strains, and fractures.
The difference between these injuries is that a fracture is a broken bone, a sprain relates to the overstretching or tearing of ligaments, whereas a strain deals with the overstretching or tearing of tendons.
If you believe you have fractured a bone, seek medical treatment immediately.
Medical treatment for a sprain and or strain can include using the RICE acronym- Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
Rest- Be sure to allow your foot/ ankle time to rest for at least 24 hours
Ice- To prevent swelling, apply ice for 10-15 minutes every 2-3 hours
Compression- Wearing an elastic bandage for 2 days can reduce swelling
Elevation- The foot/ ankle should be elevated above the heart- this can reduce swelling
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If you have any doubt on what type of injury you may have, or if you feel like it’s not getting better, seek medical treatment from a professional. They will examine and run tests to be sure you are provided with the proper care.
How HRUC Can Help?
HRUC is unique in that it is the first urgent care center on the peninsula to have three specialties under one roof, one being orthopaedic medicine. Our center provides direct access to board-certified orthopaedic experts from Hampton Roads Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and on-site radiology services for patients who have acute, non-emergent orthopaedic needs. HRUC offers convenience, with no appointments necessary, and walk-ins are always welcome. Hours are extended beyond traditional business hours, Monday- Friday 8am-7pm and from 10am-4pm on Saturdays.