Julie A. Grundberg, DPM
Location and Office HoursDes Moines Orthopaedic Surgeons PC
West Des Moines, IA 50266
- Blank Children's Hospital
- Boone County Hospital
- Broadlawns Medical Center
- Grinnell Regional Medical Center
- Guthrie County Hospital
- Iowa Lutheran Hospital
- Iowa Methodist Medical Center
- Knoxville Hospital & Clinics
- Lucas County Health Center
- Mercy Medical Center Des Moines
- Skiff Medical Center
What can I do for an inversion ankle sprain?
National Academy of Sports Medicine answeredIf you have an inversion ankle sprain, you should perform a combination of flexibility and strengthening techniques to help your body heal and prevent further injury. Begin by foam rolling your calves and IT-band. Foam rolling is a form of self-massage that can help relax tight muscles before you stretch them. Hold the tender spots for 30 seconds to allow your muscle time to relax and release the knots that are causing tension in the muscle. After you have completed the foam rolling, statically stretch your calves and hip flexor complex. Hold each stretch for 30 seconds so that your muscles have time to elongate. Next, perform strengthening exercises for the foot, ankle, and hip. Single-leg calf raises will help strengthen the muscles that support your foot and ankle. Perform ball bridges to strengthen the muscles in your hips that help control your foot and ankle. Lastly, perform a single-leg balance exercise to strengthen the muscles of the entire leg. When performing any single-leg exercise, ensure that you keep the arch of your foot lifted while performing the exercise. Perform 1-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions of each of these exercises.
What is the most common fracture of the foot and ankle?
The most common type of fracture is an ankle fracture. In this video, Christopher Hodgkins, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Baptist Health South Florida, explains that with more than 20 bones in the foot, there is a wide scope of vulnerability.
What kind of doctor should I see if I have a sprained ankle?
A family doctor can be a good person to treat your sprained ankle. Doctors who specialize in family medicine typically have a broad range of medical knowledge and can provide services including treating minor injuries.
If your family doctor determines that your injury is especially serious or complex, you may be referred to another type of specialist, such as an orthopedic surgeon. Family doctors often work together with specialists to optimize their patients' care.
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