Sprained Ankle Specialists
Sprained Ankle Q & A
What is a sprained ankle?
A sprained ankle is a common musculoskeletal injury that occurs when you roll, twist, or step down on your ankle in an awkward way. Ultimately, this causes the ligaments that surround your ankle joint –– tough bands of fibrous tissue –– to stretch and overextended. The overextended ligaments swell and bruise, causing pain, discomfort, and in serious cases, immobility.
Sprained ankles are usually associated with physical activity, such as playing sports. But it’s possible to sprain your ankle as a result of walking on an uneven surface or stepping in a hole.
What are the symptoms of a sprained ankle?
The symptoms of a sprained ankle vary. However, telltale signs include:
- Restricted range of motion
- Ankle instability
If you experience an ankle sprain, you might also hear a popping or snapping sound at the time of the injury.
Who is at risk of experiencing a sprained ankle?
Anyone can experience a sprained ankle, but there are several factors that increase your risk, including:
- Playing sports
- Walking or running on uneven surfaces
- Experiencing a prior ankle injury
- Being in poor physical condition
The type of shoes you wear can also put you at risk. For example, if you wear high heels or shoes without adequate support, you are at greater risk of rolling or twisting your ankle.
How is a sprained ankle diagnosed?
How is a sprained ankle treated?
Whenever possible, the caring providers at Eastside Podiatry PLLC use conservative, nonsurgical treatments to ease pain caused by a sprained ankle. Usually, they recommend rest, ice, compression, and elevation, also known as the RICE protocol. If your pain persists or gets worse, you might benefit from an ankle brace or physical therapy. If your sprain doesn’t heal or your ankle joint remains unstable, surgical intervention may be necessary.
To learn more about your treatment options for a sprained ankle, make an appointment at Eastside Podiatry PLLC today by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool.