You demand a lot of your feet on a daily basis, and the stress and pressure of walking, exercising, and participating in recreational activity can sometimes lead to sprains, fractures, or deformities that can cause intense pain and reduce mobility. Our skilled foot and ankle surgery specialist offers a broad array of surgical and non-surgical treatment options that can address many common conditions as well as more advanced issues.
At Towson Orthopaedic Associates, we emphasize a conservative approach using the most effective minimally invasive methods available to help you regain function with the shortest recovery time possible. Dr. Brodie will advise surgery only in the event that less invasive options are unsuccessful. If you’re experiencing pain in your foot or ankle, a customized treatment plan from our practice may be right for you.
What happens when you sprain your ankle?
Ligaments help keep your foot and ankle bones in the correct position when running, jumping, landing, and changing direction. If you turn, twist, or roll beyond the acceptable range of motion, the ligaments can become strained or torn. Pain, swelling, and difficulty walking are common symptoms after experiencing a sprain.
Fortunately, most sprains don’t require surgery and can be treated with ice, compression, elevation, pain medication, and immobilization. In some cases, a severe sprain may require physical therapy, a cast, or, in extreme instances, surgery. Our specialist will discuss your unique situation with your during your initial consultation and detail your available treatment options.
What’s the difference between an ankle sprain and an ankle fracture?
Ankle fractures and sprains often occur in similar ways, and they usually will have similar symptoms, including swelling, pain, and immobility. As a result, typically only an X-ray can determine if a bone has broken following an injury to this area. If only the ligaments tear, you have a sprain; if one or more bones break, you have a fracture. Click to read more about Ankle Fractures.