Ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis often aren't serious

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

By: Jeff Ash

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Sprained ankles and plantar fasciitis are two of the most common injuries seen by podiatrists. They can be a pain, but the good news is that neither usually requires surgery.


They do deserve some attention, though. That’s where Dr. Jason George DeVries, a board-certified podiatrist with Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic, comes in.


With proper care, “85 percent of sprains should heal correctly,” DeVries said.


When you sprain an ankle, you stretch or tear the ligaments on the outside of the ankle.


The first line of treatment is the RICE strategy – rest, icing the ankle, compression and elevating the ankle. Compression often means an over-the-counter ankle wrap or ankle brace as needed. For more serious sprains, treatment may include splints, walking boots or physical therapy.


To get back in action, gradually stretch and strengthen the ankle. Whatever your activity, wear proper shoes to lend stability to the ankle.


“Most people won’t need surgery” for plantar fasciitis, either, said DeVries, who is fellowship trained in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery.


Plantar fasciitis is pain on bottom of the heel, often felt first thing in the morning. It’s an overuse injury in which the tissue connecting the heel bone to the base of the toes becomes inflamed.


The first line of treatment is stretching. Ice also helps, along with over-the counter medications, such as ibuprofen or naproxen. Other treatments may include over-the-counter or custom sole inserts or massage therapy.


Dr. Jason George DeVries sees patients at the Foot & Ankle Center at 2020 Riverside Drive in Green Bay. He also sees patients in Manitowoc and Chilton. To request an appointment, call 920-288-5555 or 877-884-8796 in Green Bay or 920-682-6376 in Manitowoc or request an appointment online.

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