ankle sprain

One of the most common causes of pain felt in the ankle region is a sprain. When ligaments in the ankle are torn or overstretched, an ankle sprain is likely to occur. There are three types of sprains that may develop: mild, moderate, and severe. In the case of a mild ankle sprain, the ankle is stable. The ligaments, however, are stretched. A moderate sprain consists of one or more ligaments being partially torn, and there’s limited movement. Severe ankle sprains include one or more torn ligaments, the ankle being unstable, and an inability to move the foot.

Ankle sprains are a common occurrence for those who are particularly active in sports. Volleyball, basketball, and soccer are just a few of the types of sports that are prone to producing ankle injuries, including ankle sprains. Many athletes have found that compressing the ankle by wrapping it in bandages is an effective method for helping to prevent injury. Exercising using a balance board has also been found useful for strengthening the ankle and increasing its stability.

If you’re experiencing ankle pain and believe you might have a sprain, it’s highly recommended that you consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and advised treatment plan.

What are the symptoms of a sprained ankle?

Ankle sprains vary in severity and can lead to a broad spectrum of symptoms, which can continue progressing over a period of several days. When you roll or twist your ankle, the ligaments that bind your ankle together become overstretched or torn. This can lead to:

  • Difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot
  • Extreme tenderness
  • Swelling or bruising
  • Ankle instability

An ankle sprain can also lead to a limited range of motion and difficulty flexing or pointing your foot.

Do I need to see a podiatrist for a sprained ankle?

Yes! Even though home remedies such as rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) are beneficial for promoting healing when you have an ankle sprain, you need to have a comprehensive evaluation to ensure you don’t have a broken bone or torn ligament.

Without proper treatment, your ankle may never properly heal. This can lead to a lifetime of ankle soreness and ongoing issues with instability, which could increase your risk of future ankle sprains.

Dr. Frank Henry uses in-office digital X-ray and musculoskeletal ultrasound technology to confirm an ankle sprain diagnosis and rule out related conditions. Dr. Frank Henry will get you started on your ankle sprain treatment plan right away.

How are sprained ankles treated?

Your sprained ankle treatment plan from Dr. Frank Henry is entirely tailored to your specific diagnosis and any symptoms you’re experiencing. Generally, Dr. Frank Henry begins by immobilizing your ankle joint with a removable walking boot or compression wrapping. He can also prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to help with pain and inflammation.

As your swelling and bruising start to subside, Dr. Frank Henry can get you started on additional ankle sprain treatments, including:

  • Physical therapy
  • Injection therapy
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Range of motion exercises
  • Custom-designed supportive orthotics or ankle braces

Dr. Frank Henry cares for you every step of the way, so you can fully recover from your sprained ankle.

Schedule your sprained ankle evaluation with Dr. Frank Henry right away to get started on early treatment. You can conveniently book an appointment either online or over the phone.

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