Strains and Sprains Heath OH

Sprains and broken bones can be major problems when travelling in the backcountry. Learn how to deal with these injuries.

Larry T. Cremeans, DPM
(740) 345-6205
21E.LocustSt.
Newark, OH
 
David M. Skrobot, DPM
(740) 453-4444
860BethesdaDr.#4CondoII
Zanesville, OH
 
Foot and Ankle Specialists of Ohio - Willoughby
(440) 510-1548
36060 Euclid Ave
Willoughby, OH
Hours
Monday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Foot Orthotics, Podiatric Deformities, Podiatric Disorder Treatment, Podiatric Orthopedics, Podiatric Paralytic Treatment, Podiatric Sports Therapy, Podiatric Surgery, Podiatrists

Columbus Podiatry & Surgery
(614) 707-5385
4605 Morse Rd.
Columbus, OH
Promotion
25 % off on all shoes, including Crocs, athletic wear, even socks!
Hours
Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday Closed
Services
Diabetic Shoes, Foot Orthotics, Podiatric Deformities, Podiatric Disorder Treatment, Podiatric Orthopedics, Podiatric Paralytic Treatment, Podiatric Sports Therapy, Podiatric Surgery, Podiatrists

Foot and Ankle Specialists of Ohio - Mentor
(440) 210-7649
7062 Wayside Dr.
Mentor, OH
Hours
Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Foot Orthotics, Podiatric Deformities, Podiatric Disorder Treatment, Podiatric Orthopedics, Podiatric Paralytic Treatment, Podiatric Sports Therapy, Podiatric Surgery, Podiatrists

Daniel B. Logan, DPM
(740) 344-8286
Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central OH , 1950 Tamarack Rd.
Newark, OH
 
Mark Wayne Scott, DPM
(740) 450-3294
3777 James Ct.
Zanesville, OH
 
Columbus Podiatry & Surgery
(614) 385-3750
117 Lazelle Rd E # B
Columbus, OH
Promotion
25 % off on all shoes, including Crocs, athletic wear, even socks!
Hours
Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday Closed
Services
Diabetic Shoes, Foot Orthotics, Podiatric Deformities, Podiatric Disorder Treatment, Podiatric Orthopedics, Podiatric Paralytic Treatment, Podiatric Sports Therapy, Podiatric Surgery, Podiatrists

Foot and Ankle Specialists of Ohio - Chardon
(440) 682-0143
325 Center ST.
Chardon, OH
Hours
Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Foot Orthotics, Podiatric Deformities, Podiatric Disorder Treatment, Podiatric Orthopedics, Podiatric Paralytic Treatment, Podiatric Sports Therapy, Podiatric Surgery, Podiatrists

Foot and Ankle Specialists of Ohio - Concord
(440) 296-5434
Tri-point Medical Center
New Concord, OH
Hours
Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Foot Orthotics, Podiatric Deformities, Podiatric Disorder Treatment, Podiatric Orthopedics, Podiatric Paralytic Treatment, Podiatric Sports Therapy, Podiatric Surgery, Podiatrists

Strains and Sprains

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Strains and Sprains

Twist and shout on the dance floor not the trail

Exhilarating as they are, outdoor adventures strain the body in ways that controlled gym workouts don't. Pulling yourself up steep slopes , maneuvering through narrow caves or tramping uneven paths can twist, torque and torture your muscles and joints. While it's tempting to push yourself when testing your outdoor limits, too much physical exertion can leave you regretting that extra drive. Both strains and sprains result from overstretching or moving beyond your body's range of motion. The distinction between these two exertion injuries relates to the type of tissue involved:

  • Sprain: This ligament injury usually occurs when a joint is moved beyond its normal range of motion. Ankles, wrists and knees are most vulnerable to sprains.
  • Strain: Similar to a sprain, this injury occurs when a muscle is overstretched. Sometimes called a pulled muscle, the most common strains are hamstring and back injuries.

Prevention

Stiff joints and weak muscles are prone to injury, so being in good shape is your best protection. Previous injuries can also make joints and muscles more susceptible, so reinforce vulnerable areas when possible. Be sure to

  • Wear proper footwear.
  • Brace or wrap vulnerable areas.
  • Warm up and stretch before heading out.
  • Don't push yourself if tired or in pain.

Signs and Symptoms

Many people claim to hear a "pop" or feel a tear when they injure themselves, but even without these blatant signals, your body is a great communicator - the greater the pain and swelling, the more serious the injury. Symptoms range with severity but include

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Instability
  • Inability to move or use the joint (sprain)
  • Stiffness (strain).

Treatment

Strains and sprains are treated in a similar manner. You might want to take some over-the-counter medication, but mild or moderate sprains or strains both respond well to the RICE method.

  • R = Rest: Rest and protect the injured area from further harm.
  • I = Ice: Apply an ice pack immediately to reduce swelling. Do this three to five times a day. To avoid frostbite , put a towel between the ice and skin and don't ice for longer than 20 minutes at a stretch.
  • C = Compression: Wrap the injured area with an elastic bandage to reduce swelling. You've wrapped the bandage too tightly if the area becomes numb, tingles, feels cool, hurts more or swells below the bandage. Hiking boots and s...

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