Ankle X-Ray: Do I Need One?

Ankle injuries are one of the most common injuries between men and women.  Because of the tissue and bones surrounding this major joint, ankles are prone to injury and can take time to heal if not treated properly.  Diagnosing an ankle injury is important in determining the proper care precautions to take

A Rundown On Ankle Injuries

Ankle injuries are defined by the kind of tissue. There is either bone, ligament, or tendon that’s damaged. So what’s the difference between a fracture and a sprain? A fracture describes a break in one or more of the bones. A sprain is the term that describes damage to ligaments when they are stretched beyond their normal range of motion.

Ankle Sprain

Many people injure their ankle by playing sports, wearing shoes that don’t fit well, walking on uneven surfaces, etc. So next time you try to wear someone else’s shoes, be careful! Some symptoms of an ankle sprain are ankle pain, which can be mild to severe swelling, a popping sound during the injury, difficulty moving the ankle, bruising and instability.

Another interesting fact, ankle sprains are divided into three grades. People with Grade I sprains may thankfully be able to walk without pain or a limp. But those with Grade III sprains are often in such pain that they can’t walk at all. If you think you have a Grade III sprain, call 911 for further assistance to the hospital.

So do I need an x-ray for my ankle injury?

After you visit the hospital or your doctor, they will likely send you to get an x-ray or MRI to see if it really is just an ankle sprain or it’s something more serious. We offer affordable low prices for both these procedures so you can schedule them with us!

Even Grade III sprains, in which the ligament is completely torn, may heal naturally. In rare cases, you might need surgery. Don’t worry, these surgeries are rarely done! During the operation, the surgeon might remove bits of torn ligament, bone, and cartilage. The ligament may also be repaired or reconstructed if necessary. After surgery, you may need a cast for one to two months to help with healing.

After your ankle injury, it’s important you don’t push the boundaries. For example, never try to run or do any strenuous physical activity. Also after your first sprain, you will be more likely to experience problems with your ankles resulting in more sprains that people who have never been injured. Yikes!!

Ankle injuries are by no means fun, but they can easily be treated when diagnosed properly. Be sure to consult with your doctor on which procedure is best for your injury. If you need an x-ray or MRI, call us to make an appoitnement!

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