Have a Question About Foot Pain or Treatment? Find the Answer Here

We get asked a lot of questions about foot and ankle pain. In fact, we’ve compiled a list of frequently-asked questions (and their answers) to give our patients fast access to common podiatry issues. Use the search bar on this page or browse through our list of frequent questions for solutions to your problem.

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  • How long does it take to heal an ankle sprain?

    Ankle sprains are painful and annoying. The swelling, inflammation, and ache that come with the injury hinder your ability to live your active life. This can be especially disturbing for athletes. Treatment plans and recovery time to heal an ankle sprain vary depending on the severity of the injury and where within the ankle the sprain has occurred. Whether or not you require surgery, you will likely have to wear a cast, boot, or splint to help immobilize your ankle. This will help accelerate the healing process. Four to six weeks is usually a sufficient amount of time to heal before you can begin to slowly return to your usual activities. However, if the injury is severe, the recovery time might be extended further. You can help the process by elevating your leg, applying ice to swollen areas, and getting plenty of rest. Once you start returning to your normal lifestyle, keep an eye out for any signs of significant pain, increased swelling, or numbness, as these could indicate you are not fully healed.

    Dr. Victoria Melhuish of Sierra Foot and Ankle can help answer your questions about ankle sprains. Call (775) 783-8037 or visit our locations in Carson City or Gardnerville, NV.

  • Why do my ankles curve in?

    Typically ankles curve in because your arches are too low or have fallen. Without the arch in the proper position, the ankle angles inward, adding stress to the foot. Sometimes naturally flat feet don’t have any painful symptoms. Often, though, the strain on the midfoot and the ankles can bring pain along the arch and in the heel. Adult acquired flatfoot is a more serious problem. Part of the bone structure in your foot suffers damage and allows the arch to collapse. Usually you are left with discomfort along the posterior tibial tendon, the outside of the ankle joint, or in the midfoot.

    If your ankles curve or angle in, have our expert staff examine your feet, even if you aren’t experiencing pain yet. This condition is easiest to treat when it is caught early. Don’t wait until discomfort keeps you sitting down—contact Sierra Foot & Ankle in Gardnerville, NV, for an appointment or more information by calling (775) 783-8037 or using the website contact page.