How to Manage Lingering Soccer Ankle/Foot Injury?

How to Manage Lingering Soccer Ankle/Foot Injury?
Published on, 04 June, 2024. Answered by Dr. Adam Albaba and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


An ankle/foot injury occurred while playing soccer a week ago. The pain hasn't improved, but it hasn't worsened either. What are the recommended next steps and potential treatments for such an injury?


Answered by Dr. Adam Albaba


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Assessment: Persistent pain after a week warrants evaluation to assess the injury's severity accurately. Ankle and foot injuries in soccer can range from mild to severe.

Next Steps:

 1. Medical Evaluation: Seek assessment by a sports medicine specialist or orthopedic doctor. Diagnostic tests like X-rays or MRI scans may be needed.

 2. Rest and Management: Rest the affected area, apply ice, elevate, and consider compression to reduce swelling.

 3. Rehabilitation: Once the acute phase passes, engage in a gradual rehabilitation program, including strengthening exercises and proprioceptive training.

 4. Pain Management: Use over-the-counter pain relievers under medical guidance to manage discomfort.

 5. Return to Activity: Progress slowly with activities, avoiding pain-inducing movements.




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