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What to Do if you have Foot or Ankle Pain?

Find out the best ways to manage symptoms and promote faster healing.

Have you worried that the pain and swelling you are experiencing in your foot or ankle could be the result of a fracture? If so, then it’s time you turned to our Aurora, CO, podiatrists Dr. Robert Anderson and Dr. Erik Thelander, for a proper diagnosis. Once we determine that you have a fracture we can create a treatment plan that will work best for you.

Once you’ve placed a call to our Aurora foot doctors for diagnosis and treatment, we know the next most important step is to keep pain and swelling to a minimum until you can come into our office for care. In a lot of cases, the RICE method is a great rule of thumb for addressing your symptoms and making sure the issue doesn’t get worse.

Rest: This is probably one of the most important things you can do when you have an injury. After all, the last thing you want to do is make the problem worse or exacerbate your symptoms. Also, avoid physical activities until the fracture has fully healed.

Ice: Icing is a great way to keep both swelling and pain to a minimum. Even if you aren’t experiencing pain in the moment, it’s never a bad idea to ice your foot or ankle for 10 to 15 minutes at a time a couple times a day for at least the first 24 to 72 hours after injury. This can help keep swelling and discomfort at bay.

Compress: Lightly wrapping or bracing the injured foot or ankle can also provide it with additional support and stabilization, particularly if you are walking or putting weight on the foot. Plus, this is just another way to reduce swelling. Just make sure not to wrap the foot or ankle too tightly that it cuts off circulation.

Elevation: When you are kicking back and taking it easy it’s a good idea to also elevate your foot at or above your heart when you can. Elevating your feet throughout the day can also combat swelling and inflammation.

Of course, we know that for some people, symptoms of a more serious foot or ankle issue can be unbearable and will need a lot more than ice to manage symptoms. If this is the case, taking over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers can at least provide you with the temporary relief you need when symptoms start to flare-up.

While these are easy at-home measures that you can take, if you have a fractured foot or ankle this shouldn’t take the place of a proper doctor’s visit. Those with more severe fractures may require immobilization or even surgery (in more extreme cases).

Centennial Foot and Ankle Specialists in Aurora, CO, is here to provide you with the comprehensive footcare you need whenever you need it. Think you have a fractured foot or ankle? Dealing with bunion pain? Then pick up the phone and give us a call.

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