If you tear a piece of the tissue (known as a ligament) connecting bones and joints, you have a sprain. If the ligament was simply over-stretched, it is minor. If the ligament is completely torn, it can be debilitating. An injury to connector tissue that attaches a muscle or group of muscles to a bone is considered a strain. Like a sprain, it also may be minor or serious depending on whether it is over-stretched or torn. The treatment for the two is essentially the same. The injured area should be immobilized, elevated, and iced. Anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen are recommended. The podiatrist may want to use a traditional or air cast. In some instances, surgery is necessary.
Central Massachusetts Podiatry has been specially trained to diagnose the strains, sprains, fractures, and other problems that can occur to your feet. Don't rely on home diagnosis to determine what is wrong. Visit professionals who have had years of education and experience treating injuries, conditions, diseases, and deformities of the feet. New patients are always welcome at 299 Lincoln Street, Suite 202 Worcester. Call 508-757-4003 for an appointment.