Ankle sprains are so common that many believe that at-home treatment is enough. But if you or your child sprains an ankle, it must be treated quickly and properly by an experienced podiatrist. Today, Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC are
dispelling some of the most common myths about ankle sprains.
Many assume that a fracture is not as serious as a broken bone. Although fractures are in different medical categories, they are the same thing as a broken bone. They are not less serious - they are actually the same thing.
Ankle braces are not recommended for athletes without a history of ankle or foot issues. While they provide weak and healing ankles with extra support, they are not considered to be a preventative measure.
Many people think that an elastic bandage is the only treatment needed for an ankle sprain. An injury is considered to be a sprain when the ligaments have been outstretched or torn. The best course of action to take is to visit a podiatrist for treatment.
While you might think that you would be able to feel the difference between a serious ankle sprain and a break or fracture, the truth is that it can be challenging to tell the difference. A lot of the bones in your feet are so small that a complete diagnosis cannot be made without an x-ray by an experienced podiatrist.
If you or your child has an injured ankle and you’re not sure if it’s fractured or sprained – don’t delay - take the time to schedule an appointment. Contact the offices of Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC right away.
We serve both New Haven County and Fairfield County areas. You can schedule an appointment by calling our Waterbury office at (203) 755-0489 or our Newtown location at (203) 270-6724. You can also request an appointment online.