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Heading to the emergency room is often the last thing that anyone will want to do. However, in the case of a more serious injury such as a sprain, strain, or broken ankle, you are likely to need proper medical care. This care cannot wait days for your primary care physician to be available and the long waits and high costs of an emergency room can be staggering. AFC Urgent Care Downingtown offers an alternative, cost-effective option that does not sacrifice high-quality medical care.
Here at AFC Urgent Care Downingtown, we can treat various medical complaints and ensure that you receive prompt and professional care no matter the issue. Not only this, but our walk-in urgent care center could be as much as a third of the cost of visiting a traditional emergency room.
Being physically active is good for us all. That said, we can all push ourselves too hard while we are trying to get in shape or being competitive in an athletic sport. This could result in an injury. An injury that needs treatment before you injure yourself more severely.
We are an expert team of medical professionals here to provide advice and treatment for various illnesses and injuries. A common issue with ankle injuries is determining if they are broken, strained, or sprained.
Unless you are a medical professional it can be hard to know whether you have sprained, strained, or broken your ankle. To help you to understand more, we have put together the main differences between each type of injury.
If you have a sprain in your ankle, then you have damaged the ligament that connects the bones. This usually comes in the form of a stretch or a tear. You will notice that it hurts to walk, run or make any type of sudden movement. While a sprain can be a minor injury, depending on the cause or the size of the tear, it can be debilitating if not properly treated.
Pulling your muscle or tendon is called a strain. Muscles and tendons are responsible for making sure that your body can move and injuries can be a result of not stretching properly before you work out, or perhaps pushing yourself too hard while you are training. While they are more common in the hamstring and back areas, strains can also occur in your ankle and other areas too.
Broken ankles are the most serious of the three injuries and must be checked immediately by a physician. A break is the most painful of the three injuries, and it can also be the most noticeable. This is especially true if there are any bone protrusions or deformities. If you suspect a broken ankle, you need to ensure you receive swift treatment, or else you could find yourself with long term issues. At our walk-in medical clinic, we have a Digital X-Ray onsite. We’ll be able to x-ray the affected area, interpret the results, and at your request, forward a copy to your primary care physician. We have this powerful diagnostic tool available to best determine your treatment.
If you suspect any of the above injuries, you should make sure you head to AFC Urgent Care Downingtown. No appointment is needed, and you can walk in at a time that suits you. Our extended and weekend hours make it very convenient to take advantage of our services. You can receive the treatment you need when you need it.
Third-degree strains of sprains, where tissue has been completely torn, will need surgical repair from a specialist. Some 2nd-degree sprains and strains also need to be seen by a specialist. Generally, if there is a complete loss of motion in a limb or severe pain, it will need more specialized care.
Any fracture that results in the skin being pierced or loss of limb function needs to be immediately seen in an emergency room.