• Ankle Injuries: Sprains vs. Fractures

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    Ankle injuries aren’t reserved for athletes. Something as simple as stumbling over an uneven piece of pavement can lead to a problem with your ankle. This is why over one million people head to the emergency room annually with an ankle injury. Sprains and fractures account for the vast majority of ankle injuries, but many people confuse these two conditions. Your orthopaedic doctor will help you understand the specific nature of your injury, but here is an introduction to what you need to know about the distinction between ankle sprains and fractures:

    Ankle Sprains

    Ankle sprains are injuries that involve the ligaments. In your ankle, a series of ligaments hold the tibia and fibula bones of your lower leg together with the talus bone in your foot. With an ankle sprain, either a number of small tears inflict the ligaments or a ligament ruptures or tears completely. This often is the result of twisting your ankle or landing on it in an awkward position. When you sprain your ankle, you will feel sudden pain and may be unable to bear weight on the injured side. Bruising, swelling, and stiffness are also likely. Treatment usually involves rest, ice, compression, and elevation. However, it’s crucial to see your orthopaedic doctor, as sometimes more serious fractures are mistaken for sprains.

    Ankle Fractures

    If one or more of the bones in your ankle breaks, you have an ankle fracture. Much like a sprain, if you fracture your ankle, you will experience immediate pain. Swelling and bruising will usually follow. Unlike a sprain, a fracture may cause your ankle to look deformed. You may also hear a crack when the bone breaks. An orthopaedic doctor can treat an ankle fracture by immobilizing the ankle in a cast or performing surgery if more than one bone is broken. Fast treatment is critical, as an untreated fracture can lead to long-term ankle instability and arthritis.

    If you believe you have an ankle injury, make an appointment with MK Orthopaedics of Joliet. In addition to treating these injuries, our orthopaedic doctors and surgeons offer hip and knee replacements and more. You can reach our office at (815) 741-6900.

  • Meet Your MK Physician: Dr. Joe Mathew George


    Dr. Joe Mathew George, DPM, is a skilled podiatric surgeon on the MK Orthopaedics team who specializes in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. An expert in his field, Dr. George has received several awards and honors and has completed a three-year podiatric medicine and surgical residency. He has been trained in treatment of foot and ankle trauma and reconstruction in both the U.S. and Europe.

    Much of Dr. George’s experience is in foot and ankle sports injuries. He also has experience in training other surgeons in surgical and conservative management of the ankle and foot. Among his areas of interest are ankle joint replacements, peripheral nerve decompression, arthroscopic surgery, limb salvage, sports medicine, and Charcot reconstruction.

    MK Orthopaedics is a full-service rehabilitation practice that treats sports-related injuries, performs knee and hip replacement surgeries, and more. Our surgeons specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and diseases of bones, muscles, nerves, ligaments, and tendons. We also provide on-site physical therapy. Call us at (815) 741-6900 for a consultation at our Joliet or Bolingbrook location.

  • Foods to Eat for Healthy Joints

    You run and walk on hard surfaces every day, but this seemingly harmless activity can case wear and tear on your joints. Fortunately, you can greatly improve joint health and counteract everyday wear by making smart food choices.

    Foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids can decrease inflammation in your joints, for example. You find omega-3 in fatty fish, such as salmon and sardines. You can also find healthy fatty acids in flax seed, which you can easily add to your breakfast cereal. Whole grains such as oats, brown rice, and whole wheat also improve your joint health and decrease inflammation. Just look for “whole grain” on the label of your pasta or bread. Foods like spinach, broccoli, and sweet potatoes can also decrease your risk for inflammatory polyarthritis. Watch this video to learn about other foods that improve joint health.

    The doctors at MK Orthopaedics specialize in joint repair and replacement. We offer knee and hip replacement surgeries, among many other procedures. To schedule a consultation at our Joliet or Bolingbrook location, contact us at (815) 741-6900.