K.G. Gauntt, D.P.M.
Foot Notes
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June is National
Safety Month
Stay safe, but if an ankle injury happens we can help

So you were out playing, running, dancing, stepped in a hole or just walking down the sidewalk and you rolled your ankle… how bad is it?  What to do?  Is it a sprain or a strain?

A sprained ankle is a very common and painful injury that can be fairly minor, needing some gentle care to heal, or can be so severe that recovery is not all that unlike a broken ankle.

First off, a sprain is the stretching of a ligament past its normal length and causes either minor tearing of the tissue or a complete tear.  (A ligament is tissue that connects one bone to another bone as opposed to a tendon which attaches a muscle to a bone.)  A strain on the other hand is a similar over stretching, and perhaps minor tearing of tissue, but of muscle instead of ligament.

Most all ankle sprains cause some level of swelling and frequently within minutes of the injury a large lump will appear, usually on the outside of the ankle.  Bearing weight on the injured part is painful at best and in some cases nearly impossible.  The level of pain, however is not always an accurate indication of the seriousness of the injury.  That needs to be determined by your podiatrist.

So what to do until you can be seen?  As with any injury, simple steps can be undertaken that will not only reduce the pain but reduce the swelling and the chance that further injury occurs because the injury is ignored or not taken seriously.   First get off of the ankle, use crutches as needed, and get some help walking.  Then follow the simple acronym of RICE…Rest, Ice, Elevate and Compress.  Rest, get off of the injured part as continued weight bearing causes continued tissue injury. Ice the area using an ice pack.   I am not a big fan of placing ice directly on the skin for more than a few minutes at a time, but it can be placed over a sock or towel almost constantly.  Compress: use an elastic type wrap with mild to moderate compression. This reduces swelling and gives some element of support when you need to bear some weight on the ankle.  Elevating your ankle at least 6 inches above your waist level will reduce the amount of swelling that occurs and reduce what has already occurred.

Taking an anti-inflammatory may be helpful as well, something like Ibuprofen or Naproxen Sodium; read the label and follow directions. These medications help with the swelling, as well as pain.

Give Oregon Foot Care Centers a call so an appropriate exam may be done as soon as possible.  A plan to get you up and going again can be made.

K.G. Gauntt, DPM

Recipe Corner
We still have some chilly nights ahead of us, speaking of chilly.....one of Dr. Gauntt's favorites
Beef & Sweet Potato Chili
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 medium serrano chili, seeded and finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch chunks (about 2 cups)
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground chipotle chile pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt, plus more as needed
  • Chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
  • Sliced green onions (optional)


1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.

2. Add the ground beef, onions, serrano chile, and garlic and cook, stirring frequently and breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until the meat is browned, about 5 minutes.

3. Stir in the tomatoes with their juices, broth, sweet potato, bell pepper, chili powder, chipotle, and salt and bring to a boil.

4. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sweet potato is tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

5. If desired, season with additional salt. Serve the chili topped with cilantro and green onions, if desired.



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