Acute injuries such as fractures, strains and top of the foot sprains can occur in people of all ages. Anyone can experience a twist in the ankle, which can cause intermittent sharp pain on the top of the foot. Let’s look at how to identify each of these injuries, as well as treatment tips and options.
The type of injury is determined by the kind of tissue that’s affected. A fracture is a break in a hard bone. But the difference between a sprain and strain isn’t always easy to detect. A sprain occurs when the ligament that attaches bones together is injured, while a strain is a tear in a tendon or muscle.
Here are a few signs that you may have a strain, a sprain or top of foot injury:
Before you visit your doctor to examine the injury, use the proven RICE therapy as top of foot pain treatment to reduce swelling:
You should also avoid taking hot baths or drinking alcoholic beverages for the first two days after the injury. You may use over-the-counter medication to reduce pain.
For a severe injury, you need to treat it as an emergency and see your doctor immediately. For less severe cases with minimal swelling and pain, you should apply RICE first for a couple of days and then consult your physician. If you have a sports injury, you should consult your doctor for treatment right away.
Not all sprains or strains require physical therapy. In most cases, exercises and basic joint movements can improve the speed of healing. Therapy is particularly useful when you experience weakness or stiffness at the area of the injury. Therapy also helps increase muscle strength and range of motion at the joint.
In most cases, fractures, sprains and strains will heal within 6 to 12 weeks, depending on the severity and how well you follow the instructions of your doctor and therapist. Joint injuries usually take about three months to heal, while those outside the joint may heal within six weeks.
If you have a sprain, strain or intense pain in your foot, then give us a call now. You can speak to one of our highly skilled orthopedic surgeons who will answer all your questions in a way that you can easily understand. We’re waiting to receive you and treat you like a member of our family.