Don’t underestimate the ‘sprained ankle’, an injury that can be chronic if treated improperly.

Pain and swelling around the astragalus, bruising, or unable to walk with weight is a characteristic feature of the symptoms ‘Sprained ankle’ that can be observed physically after an accident or playing sports However, these symptoms can alsocan indicate certain disease groups but must be diagnosed by an experienced specialist

Don’t underestimate the ‘sprained ankle’, an injury that can be chronic if treated improperly.

Dr. Kawin Wongthongsri, a specialist in orthopedic surgery Subspecialty of Foot and Ankle Surgery has gathered basic information about the symptoms ‘Ankle sprain’ useful for everyone in early detection of abnormalities. as a guideline for entering the treatment process in a timely manner

sprained ankle is an injury of the tendon in the outer astragalus It is very common from accidents, playing sports, about 80% of which can heal on its own. without surgery if given the right and proper treatment

symptom

  • Pain and swelling in the outer area of ​​the eye
  • Bleeding spots under the face, bruises, bruises
  • can’t walk without weight

Which such symptoms may have a group of diseases that show similar symptoms, such as ankle fractures Fracture of the foot of the fifth toe, the external astragalus ligament dislodged. Broken heel bones, etc., however, should be diagnosed differently by a specialized doctor for further treatment.

treatment

  • should take a break and use of the injured foot
  • cold compress to the injured area
  • Elevate your legs to reduce swelling in your feet.
  • Your doctor may consider treatment with a splint. In case of severe injury Duration is about 1-2 weeks.
  • Take medication to reduce ankle inflammation.

A follow-up appointment should be made approximately 1-2 weeks after treatment if the injury has not improved. may consider additional treatment By physical therapy, and if within 6 weeks the injury has not improved, the doctor will perform an MRI to diagnose other concomitant diseases such as cartilage injury or torn ligaments above the ankle.

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prevention of re-injury

  • After the injury has improved. Should practice ankle management. To make the injured ligaments around the ankle line up better. and prevent recurrence of ankle sprains in the future
  • Avoid wearing high heels.
  • put on ankle support to prevent repeated ankle sprains
  • Refrain from playing sports that have a high risk of re-injury.

However, approximately 20% of patients with ankle sprains There will be symptoms of ankle instability left. which need to be treated by surgical methods. At present, the surgery is divided into 2 methods:

1. Open surgery is an open surgery to repair an injured tendon It is the standard method of treatment.

2. Laparoscopic surgery as a current treatment option. Helps to reduce the size of the surgical wound which the patient must consult with a doctor to jointly decide on further treatment


Information: Dr. Kawin Wongthongsri, a specialist in orthopedic surgery Subspecialty of Foot and Ankle Surgery Musculoskeletal Center, Nawavej Hospital

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