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When to Seek Help for Your Ankle Pain

Ankle pain is caused by an injury, arthritis, or another kind of medical condition. While the bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscles of the ankle allow it to easily bear your weight, they are also susceptible to injury. Sometimes you can treat ankle pain at home. When your ankle pain is more severe, however, it's time to visit your podiatrist in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, IN. Dr. Yong Chae is available to assist you with any podiatry needs, including those relating to the ankle. Read on to learn when you should seek help for your ankle pain.

The majority of ankle sprains are treatable at home. When you experience a mild or moderate ankle sprain, follow the RICE method. This acronym stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevate:

  • You should rest your ankle by avoiding putting weight on it, apply ice to your ankle to bring down any swelling, use compression to reduce the swelling and immobilize the injury, and elevate the ankle by propping it up.

These methods can help you treat your ankle pain until you can return to normal activity. When the RICE method doesn't work, it's time to schedule an appointment with your podiatrist.

You should visit one of our offices in Indianapolis or Crawfordsville if:

  • You have severe swelling or ankle pain.
  • You have persistent pain that doesn't go away after several weeks.
  • You have persistent swelling that doesn't get better after two to five days of home treatment.
  • The affected area is red, warm, or tender.
  • You have an open wound or ankle deformity.
  • You can't put weight on your foot.

If you need an Indianapolis podiatrist, schedule an appointment with Dr. Yong Chae. He provides a wide range of podiatry services, including treatment for ankle pain. Schedule your visit by contacting us at our Indianapolis or Crawfordsville office. You can reach our Indianapolis office at 317-328-6622. Call our Crawfordsville office at 765-362-7200.

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