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Great Falls Podiatrist | Great Falls Sprains/Strains | MT | Bruce D. Fisher |

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Bruce D. Fisher, DPM PC

Advanced Foot & Ankle Center of MT

 

1016 9th Street South
Great Falls, MT 59405

406.727.7771

or Toll free 1.866.985.7171

Sprains/Strains

 

When you experience a pain when working out, you may wonder what kind of injury you have actually incurred. Most often, you’ll have a sprain or a strain of your muscle. How do you know the difference and how do you treat them?

A sprain is a stretch and/or tear of a ligament. A ligament is the fibrous band of connective tissue that joins the ends two bones together. Ligaments stabilize and support the body's joints. For example, ligaments in the knee connect the upper leg with the lower leg, enabling people to walk and run.

A sprain is caused by direct or indirect trauma that knocks a joint out of position, overstretches it or, in severe cases, ruptures the supporting ligaments. Typically, this injury occurs when an individual falls and lands on an outstretched arm, the side of the foot or runs on an uneven surface. Symptoms of a sprain include pain, bruising, swelling, and inflammation. The individual oftentimes feels a tear or pop in the joint. In severe cases this may make the joint nonfunctional. In other cases, where the sprain partially tears the ligament, some swelling may occur.

A strain is an injury of a muscle or tendon. Tendons are fibrous cords of tissue that attach muscles to bone.

Chronic strains are the result of prolonged, repetitive movements of muscles and tendons. Insufficient breaks during intensive training oftentimes lead to a strain. Symptoms of a strain include pain, muscle spasm, muscle weakness, swelling, inflammation, and cramping. In severe strains, the muscle and/or tendon are partially or completely ruptured, often incapacitating the individual.

There is no way to make yourself immune to sprains and strains but proper stretching, appropriate footwear and warming up before engaging in physical activity will help alleviate these potential problems.

Great Falls Podiatrist | Great Falls Sprains/Strains | MT | Bruce D. Fisher |
 
 
 
Great Falls Podiatrist Bruce D. Fisher is a poidiatry office providing Sprains/Strains, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Great Falls, MT. We also do Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Taylor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 59405 area and surrounding areas in Great Falls