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Strains, sprains, and contusions are all similar injuries that commonly affect active individuals. All three types of soft tissue injuries often affect the feet, ankles, or knees as well as other parts of the body. Pain is associated with strains, sprains, and contusions; however with proper treatment, they usually all heal without any permanent effects.

In most cases, a strain, sprain, or contusion is a result of a single incident, accident, or injury. Treatment for sprained ankles, strained ankles, and bruised feet include the common R.I.C.E. acronym: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. If you are concerned that you might have a strain, sprain, or contusion in your foot or ankle, call us at 561-793-6170 today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced podiatrists at any of our South Florida locations, likeRoyal Palm Beach.

What are Strains, Sprains, and Contusions

Strains, sprains, and contusions are all similar soft tissue injuries. A strain is also often referred to as a pulled muscle; it is an injury to a muscle or a tendon (the tissue that connects muscle to bone). A sprain is an injury to a ligament (the tissue that connects bones to other bones). A contusion is a bruise that caused bleeding underneath the skin without breaking the skin. Any of these three injuries are usually caused during a particular event such as an accident or an injury while performing sports or other strenuous activities. In some cases, the strain, sprain, or contusion can be a result of overuse or misuse. If you are engaging in the same repetitive acts, but are not performing them correctly, the result could be the gradual onset of a strain, sprain, or contusion.

Symptoms of Strains, Sprains, and Constusions

All three injuries are usually painful. Strains and sprains also can often prevent you from being able to move the affected area and often cause swelling. Contusions are usually less serious, but if you have bruising that is preventing you from moving that area, you should see a doctor. Only a doctor can determine if the contusion is part of a larger problem that could be much more serious.

Treatment for Strains, Sprains, and Constusions

Treatment for sprained ankles, strained leg muscles, and bruised feet is something that we are familiar with in our offices. We have a high rate of success treating these soft tissue injuries with rest, icing, compression, and elevation. It is the most common technique used along with over the counter pain medications. If the pain or swelling still persists, the podiatrist might prescribe anti-inflammatory medications and a stronger pain reliever. Patience is very important, especially when treating sprained ankles and strains, because they can take a couple months to heal. Inactivity during this time is very important so as to not further injure the area or make the original injury worse. In some cases, a cast or walking boot might be necessary as determined by your doctor. In rare cases of complications or further injuries, like a muscle or ligament tearing, might require surgery.

Diagnostic Strains, Sprains and Contusions

What should you expect when visiting the South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers for strains, sprains, and contusions? No need to feel nervous about a trip to the podiatrist. The South Florida Foot and Ankle Centers doctors’ first priority is to address your area of concern and make you feel comfortable. All of our doctors have specialized training and have a great deal of clinical experience so they are able to give you all of the information that you need to help you make an informed decision, understand the options, and be a part of the treatment plan. Our podiatrists diagnose strains, sprains, and contusions after a physical examination and talking to you about your daily activities including work and sports. An x-ray or other imaging scans will be used to determine the severity of the injury and see if it is a strain, sprain, or contusion. This can also rule out a more serious injury like a fracture, torn tendon, or torn muscle. You should be prepared to discuss the level of pain, when pain occurs, and how long you have been experiencing the pain with your doctor.


The podiatrists at South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers have extensive training and clinical experience when it comes to evaluating, diagnosing patients and providing treatment for strains, sprains, and contusions. We understand that you do not like being sidelined from your favorite sports and activities and we will get you back on your feet. Remember that patience and following the doctor’s orders are vital to preventing further injury. Our doctors will concentrate on relieving pain and discomfort and getting you back to health. We pride ourselves on providing a good experience during your office visits where you are involved in our plan of care.

Don’t live with foot pain or ankle pain another day! Our Royal Palm Beach podiatrists are very experienced in diagnosing and treating sprains, strains, and contusions. We accept all major insurance providers. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment.

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