First Med Urgent Care: All about sprains
So, you happened to be walking along and, seemingly, out of nowhere a divot in the ground catches you off guard. Your foot slips into the hole knocking you off balance and before you can blink an eye your ankle rolls awkwardly. This is a typical scenario for urgent care patients that have been diagnosed with a sprained ankle. The sprained ankle injury is common and occurs as a result of a twist, turn or stretching of the ankle that isn’t normal. You don’t want to avoid treating a sprained ankle (at an urgent care or otherwise) as leaving it untreated can cause other problems.
Is it really an urgent care worthy problem? Truthfully, it really does depend on the nature of your injury. It’s always better to be safe by getting checked out by an urgent care specialist. A simple sprained ankle can go from just that to causing a tear in the bands of tissue called ligaments. These ligaments are important to your ankle, because they help hold the bones together. More specifically, ligaments stabilize the joints. When the ligaments are forced beyond the normal range of motion into a sprain that is untreated it can cause further damage.
A few treatments you should be aware of include rest, the use of crutches and the possible use of a splint. Resting the ankle in question is the main key to recovery. If walking with a sprained ankle is too painful, you may be required to use crutches until the pain subsides. An urgent care doctor may also recommend that you use a splint to keep your ankle stable.
If you have a sprained ankle and want to know the severity of the injury, please visit your local First Med. Our First Med facilities are walk-in urgent care medical clinics so there is no appointment necessary. We are open 7 days a week 8:00am – 7:30pm.