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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Is it a Sprain or a Strain? | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT
Daniel Phan, D.P.M.

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Is it a Sprain or a Strain?

If you’ve injured yourself or are just experiencing pain after exercise, how do you know if it’s a strain or a sprain? One common misconception is that a strain is a lesser injury than a sprain. In actuality, the difference between a strain and a sprain is the part of the foot or ankle that’s affected. At Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care we believe that educating our patients about how their feet and ankles work and the best ways to prevent injury is very important.

It’s a Strain: If the injury is to a muscle or tendon, it’s a strain. Tendons are the fibrous cords of tissue that attach muscles to bones. If your injury is a strain, you’ll likely feel weakness or spasms in your muscle. You may also have swelling, inflammation, and muscle cramps. In severe cases where the muscle and/or tendon are partially or completely ruptured, you may be unable to walk on the injured foot. Strains are usually more of a chronic problem caused by repetitive movements of muscles and tendons over a prolonged period of time. Failure to take sufficient breaks during intensive training is a major cause of strains.

It’s a Sprain: When a ligament is stretched or torn, it’s a sprain. Ligaments are the bands of connective tissue that join the ends of two bones together. They stabilize and support the body’s joints. Sprains are usually the result of a direct or indirect trauma, most often a fall, which forces the joint out of position, thereby overstretching, tearing, or in extreme cases, rupturing the ligaments. If you have a sprain, you’ll experience pain, bruising, swelling, and inflammation. You may even have felt a tear or a pop in the joint when the injury occurred.


Of course the only way to know for sure what your injury is and its extent is through an examination by a trained foot and ankle surgeon. Our board certified podiatrists, Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M. and Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M. offer years of experience and leading edge care for Monmouth County patients. If you suspect a strain or a sprain, contact our Aberdeen office to set up an appointment by calling: 732-566-2841 or visiting our online scheduler. Until the time of your appointment, both strains and sprains will receive temporary relief by following the RICE regimen: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.

Of course the best treatment is prevention. Be sure to wear properly fitted footwear that’s right for the activity you plan to do and to warm up and stretch before beginning to help reduce your risk of sprains and strains.

Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Is it a Sprain or a Strain?, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, 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, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen