Academy Road

10431 Academy Road Unit M

Philadelphia, PA 19114

Red Lion Rd Location

10800 Knight's Road (3998 Red Lion), Suite 212

Philadelphia, PA 19114

215-612-2072

Pratt Street Location

1546 Pratt St.

Philadelphia, PA 19124

215-533-8555

Jefferson Health System/Torresdale Campus
10800 Knight's Road (3998 Red Lion) , Suite 212
Philadelphia, PA 19114
Tel: 215-824-4141
Fax: 215-824-3640

Academy Road

10431 Academy Road Unit M
Philadelphia, PA 19114
Tel: 215-612-2072

Pratt Street
1546 Pratt Street
Philadelphia, PA 19124
Tel: 215-533-2600
Fax: 215-533-8656

Jefferson Health System/Torresdale Campus
10800 Knight's Road (3998 Red Lion) , Suite 212
Philadelphia, PA 19114
Tel: 215-824-4141
Fax: 215-824-3640

Academy Road

10431 Academy Road Unit M
Philadelphia, PA 19114
Tel: 215-612-2072

Pratt Street
1546 Pratt Street
Philadelphia, PA 19124
Tel: 215-533-2600
Fax: 215-533-8656

Sprains/Strains

sprains

Sprains and strains are common. You might sprain or strain your ankle while participating in your favorite athletic activity, or while simply walking to work as you do every morning.

Sprains

A sprain is the stretching or tearing of a ligament. A ligament is a fibrous band of connective tissue that joins the ends of two bones together. Ligaments stabilize and support the body's joints. Ligaments in the knee, for instance, connect the upper leg with the lower leg, allowing you to walk and run. Ankle sprains are common, and typically occur when the ankle rolls suddenly inward or outward.

Symptoms of a sprain include pain, bruising, swelling, and inflammation. The individual often feels a tear or pop in the joint. In severe cases, this may make the joint nonfunctional.

In other cases, where the sprain partially tears the ligament, some swelling may occur.

Strains

Chronic strains are the result of prolonged, repetitive movements of muscles and tendons.Insufficient breaks during intensive training oftentimes lead to a strain. Symptoms of a strain include pain, muscle spasm, muscle weakness, swelling, inflammation, and cramping. In severe strains, the muscle and/or tendon are partially or completely ruptured, often incapacitating the individual.

Prevention and Treatment

There is no way to make yourself immune to sprains and strains, but proper stretching, appropriate footwear and warming up before engaging in physical activity will help alleviate these potential problems.Treatment regimens can vary depending on the severity of your injury, but one thing never changes ­ visiting your podiatrist as soon as possible can help prevent risk of complication or long term injury. If you’ve suffered a sprain or strain, contact our office today.

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