February, 2019

Steps to Take for Knee and Ankle Injuries

Friday, February 15th, 2019

If you have a knee or ankle injury, it is important that you take the appropriate steps in first aid to avoid the injury from worsening. Knee and ankle injuries can cause quite a few complications if they are not handled appropriately. In some cases, knee and ankle injuries can lead to a lifetime of chronic pain and joint problems. Make sure you follow these steps to ensure that your injury is not worse than it needs to be.

Do Not Put Weight on the Joint

If you are unsure how severe the injury might be, do not put any weight on the joint. You should get someone to help you to your vehicle to seek medical attention. Do not try to walk normally. If you have crutches available, use them. If not, put all of your weight on the person helping you and as little as possible on the affected limb. Putting unnecessary weight on the injury could make it quite a bit worse.

Apply Ice to Reduce Swelling

Most knee and ankle injuries swell considerably fairly quickly. The swelling can make it difficult for a doctor to diagnose the severity of the injury and provide treatment. While you are waiting to be seen by a doctor, apply ice for fifteen minutes on and ten minutes off to help reduce the swelling and pain in the injured area.

Seek Medical Attention

Only a trained medical professional can determine how severe your knee or ankle injury might be. It may be necessary to take X-rays of the affected area to ensure that nothing is broken or torn within the joint. Sometimes, diagnosis can be made without X-rays. The doctor will also be able to bind the joint with a brace or wrap in such as way that it will be protected. You may also be given crutches to keep weight off of the joint.

If you or your loved one have suffered a knee or ankle injury and you don’t want to have high medical bills from the emergency room, urgent care is a viable option. You can come to our offices and we can diagnose and treat your injury.

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