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Meridian Podiatrist | Meridian Sprains/Strains | ID | Blackmer Foot & Ankle |

Dr. David A. Blackmer, D.P.M.
Address:
3080 E Gentry Way Suite 201
Meridian, ID 83642
Telephone:
208-319-0497
Fax:
208-426-0016

Sprains/Strains

 

When you experience a pain when working out, you may wonder what kind of injury you have actually incurred. Most often, you’ll have a sprain or a strain of your muscle. How do you know the difference and how do you treat them?Ankle_Sprain.jpg

A sprain is a stretch and/or tear of a ligament. A ligament is the fibrous band of connective tissue that joins the ends two bones together. Ligaments stabilize and support the body's joints. For example, ligaments in the knee connect the upper leg with the lower leg, enabling people to walk and run.

A sprain is caused by direct or indirect trauma that knocks a joint out of position, overstretches it or, in severe cases, ruptures the supporting ligaments. Typically, this injury occurs when an individual falls and lands on an outstretched arm, the side of the foot or runs on an uneven surface. Symptoms of a sprain include: pain, bruising, swelling, and inflammation. The individual oftentimes feels a tear or pop in the joint. In severe cases this may make the joint nonfunctional. In other cases, where the sprain partially tears the ligament, some swelling may occur.

A strain is an injury of a muscle or tendon. Tendons are fibrous cords of tissue that attach muscles to bone.

Chronic strains are the result of prolonged, repetitive movements of muscles and tendons. Insufficient breaks during intensive training oftentimes lead to a strain. Symptoms of a strain include pain, muscle spasm, muscle weakness, swelling, inflammation, and cramping. In severe strains, the muscle and/or tendon are partially or completely ruptured, often incapacitating the individual.

There is no way to make yourself immune to sprains and strains, but proper stretching, appropriate footwear and warming up before engaging in physical activity will help alleviate these potential problems.

 

Disclaimer: The advice on this website is not intended to substitute for a visit to your health care provider. We will not be held liable for any diagnosis made or treatment recommended. Consult your doctor if you feel you have a medical problem.

 
 
Meridian Podiatrist Blackmer Foot & Ankle is a poidiatry office providing Sprains/Strains, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Meridian , ID. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Bunions (Big Toe Joint Pain), Corns and Calluses, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches & Arch Pain), Ganglion Cyst, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus Big Toe Joint Arthritis), Hammertoes , Heel Pain/Plantar Fasciitis, Foot and Ankle Pain & Injuries, Metatarsalgia/Ball of Foot Pain, Morton's Neuroma/Ball of Foot Pain, Running Injuries, Sprains/Strains, Tailor's Bunion, Toe Deformities, Ingrown Toenails, Ankle Instability, Ankle Sprain, Equinus, Flatfoot in Children, Heel Pain in Children/Calcaneal Apophysitis, Plantar Fibroma and all work related in the 83642 area and surrounding areas in Meridian