Dr. Rigby discusses foot and ankle sprains and treatment.
Would you like to know the secret solution to nearly all foot and ankle pain?
The answer is quite simple; move to the beach and walk barefoot on the sand! It’s more mentally therapeutic than physically therapeutic, but there is nothing else like the crisp sea breeze on your face and soft white sand beneath your feet.
However, if trading your hard concrete floor for a beach bungalow isn’t
an option right now, there is still hope for your feet. There are great
advancements and techniques available right here at Logan RegionalOrthopedics to help eliminate your foot and ankle pain.
One of the most common things I see in the office is weak and
unstable ankles. Many of these are the result of a simple ankle sprain.
Fortunately, four out of five sprains heal on their own with no long-term
complications. However, that leaves 20 percent of people who, after an
ordinary ankle sprain, experience long-term pain or weakness. This may
result in additional injuries and pain. One such example is called a “high
ankle sprain” or syndesmotic injury. These often feel like regular ankle
sprains, but if not diagnosed and treated correctly can be career-ending
injuries for athletes.
It is important to have an ankle sprain examined if pain and swelling persist
for more than a few days...
as this may be the sign of severely damaged
ligaments. During an examination, we will identify the ligaments or
tendons which are struggling to heal. Then we will determine together
the best treatment option for you.
For most people, non-operative treatment is very effective. Antiinflammatories
and topical medications can be used to decrease the pain
and inflammation which are caused from the torn ligaments as they
heal. Most people will also feel much better after doing targeted physical
therapy developed to strengthen the ligaments.
So what do we do about ankles that continue to hurt or feel weak and
Fortunately, there are minimally invasive operative techniques
available that will repair these damaged ligaments. During my training I
had the opportunity to help to pioneer a new method for repairing these
damaged ligaments arthroscopically. By using tiny cameras we are able to
inspect the ankle joint for any cartilage damage, while at the same time
repair the ankle ligaments. At the end of the procedure only two or three
stitches are needed. As a result patients typically recover much faster.
There are many exciting things happening in the world of foot and ankle
care, which will keep each of us moving, exercising, and doing the things
we enjoy. At least until we find a way to have beach-front property here
in Cache Valley.