Sprained ankles account for about 25% of all sports-related injuries. If you run or lead a physically active lifestyle, you’re more likely to twist an ankle. Fortunately, early intervention and treatment can provide lasting relief. At Greenwood Foot Clinic, board-certified podiatrist and foot surgeon Mark Lazar, DPM and his team provide complete care for sprained ankles. To make an appointment, call our office or request an appointment online today.
A sprained ankle occurs when you roll, bend, or twist your ankle joint. This causes the ligaments––thick bands of tough tissue––around your ankle to overextend, causing pain, bruising, and inflammation.
An ankle sprain can be mild or severe. Most sprains respond to at-home treatments, like ice and rest, but if your symptoms affect your mobility or quality of life, contact Greenwood Foot Clinic immediately.
Symptoms of a sprained ankle include:
Depending on the severity of the sprain, you might also hear a popping or clicking sound when the injury occurs.
Make an appointment at Greenwood Foot Clinic if you suspect you’ve sprained your ankle and it’s bruised, swollen, or sensitive to the touch. You might also make an appointment if your symptoms get worse or affect your ability to exercise or do other activities.
Ankle sprains occur for various reasons, including:
You’re also more likely to experience a sprained ankle if you don’t wear comfortable or supportive shoes. If you’re running or exercising, make sure your shoes fit and provide adequate support.
The team at Greenwood Foot Clinic diagnoses a sprained ankle during an in-office visit.
Your provider reviews your medical records and asks about your sprain, including what you were doing when it occurred, the type of symptoms you’re experiencing, and if the swelling responds to ice or over-the-counter medication.
Next, your provider examines your foot, heel, and ankle, looking for bruising and redness. They also check your ankle’s range of motion, flexibility, and muscle strength. If these steps don’t provide enough insight, your provider might also order X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI to get a closer look at your bones, joints, and soft tissues.
Treatment of a sprained ankle depends on several factors, including your age, the severity of the sprain, and its effect on your daily routine. The team at Greenwood Foot Clinic might recommend:
If your sprain doesn’t heal, or your ankle remains unstable, the team might recommend surgery. During surgery, your provider uses special tools to repair or reconstruct the ligaments around your ankle joint.
To receive treatment for a sprained ankle, make an appointment by calling Greenwood Foot Clinic or requesting an appointment online today.