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Untreated ankle sprain can cause long term disability

Dr. Saviet talks about the importance of seeing a specialist after an ankle sprain

Untreated ankle sprain can cause long term disability 

 

An ankle sprain that is left untreated or that is not properly diagnosed can cause chronic pain and lead to arthritis or long term disability.

Studies show that once you sprain your ankle, you are four times more likely to sprain it again within that year. And recurring ankle sprains might indicate other conditions like balance issues, foot deformities or problems with muscles and ligaments that also need to be treated. 

This is why seeking high quality podiatry care for foot and ankle injuries right after they happen is the key to prevent the worsening of symptoms that can hinder everyday life activities and work.

 

Go straight to a specialist

Due to the nature of emergency rooms and urgent care facilities, the severity of an ankle and foot injury can be misdiagnosed or undertreated.

Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries seen in the ER. But an x-ray doesn't always show the full extent of an injury, and the symptoms might be misleading. This includes possible missed diagnosis of the actual injury itself that a general provider may just categorize as a sprain but could be more severe and require surgical intervention.

As soon as an injury occurs, most people should go straight to see a specialist. At Central Massachusetts Podiatry, we offer same day appointments for emergencies, in Worcester and Westborough.

We look at the full picture of the foot and ankle, with in-office x-rays, ultrasound and, more importantly, a comprehensive analysis of the patient's situation and needs for return to activity. And we come together as a team with the patient to evaluate the most challenging cases before proposing a full treatment plan that will heal and strengthen the foot and ankle.

 

Non-surgical treatments

About 80% of ankle sprains will get better with non-surgical treatment. Appropriate rehabilitation, bracing and care of foot deformities are all essential to prevent recurrence and reinjury. 

If the ankle does not improve, there are surgical techniques that can get patients back to full activity on a stable ankle.

 

Dr. Benjamin Saviet is a Podiatrist at Central Massachusetts Podiatry, in Worcester and Westborough. He is a board certified rearfoot and ankle surgeon, runner and triathlete. As a former Division 1 runner, he understands how important activities are to his patients. His most important goal when treating all patients is to get them back the activities they love as quickly and safely as possible.

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