What is the difference between an acute and chronic injury?

Essentially, acute injuries are ones that happen as the result of a singular event. Chronic injuries are caused by overuse. Ankle sprains and compound fractures are examples of acute injuries. Stress fractures and Achilles tendonitis are chronic injuries.

Pain and ankle injuryWhen it comes to distinguishing between acute and chronic pain, you can think of acute pain as the normal pain that lets you know when an injury has been sustained. It will usually have a sudden onset and rarely lasts for a long time. The acute pain will become better as the injury heals. Chronic pain, on the other hand, can last for an extended period of time, even years.

No matter if you are experiencing acute or chronic pain, you have an issue that needs to be addressed. You can find the effective treatment you need right here at Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida, so give us a call and find out what we can do for you. Either call 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if you call from Lake County), or request an appointment with any of our five Florida offices—Orlando, Lake Mary, Kissimmee, Altamonte Springs, or Tavares—online right now.