Having a sprained ankle isn’t just painful, it can leave you more prone to a future ankle injury. If you have an ankle sprain, leading podiatrist Tim Grace, DPM, of Family Foot Health Center has a solution. Schedule your sprained ankle evaluation by clicking on the online booking feature, or by calling this Puyallup, Washington-based podiatry practice directly.
Sprained Ankle Q & A
What causes a sprained ankle?
Your ankle is a complex joint surrounded by durable ligaments that provide support. Because of your ligaments, you’re able to twist, roll, and flex your foot in many directions. But overstretching any of your ankle ligaments can quickly lead to an injury, possibly even a tear. You can sprain your ankle by:
- Running on an uneven surface
- Slipping and falling
- Skipping a step on a flight of stairs
While anyone of any age can suffer from a sprained ankle, it’s often one of the most common injuries athletes face. When someone accidentally lands on your foot during a sporting event, the swift movement you make to try to move can cause you to roll or twist your ankle.
What are the symptoms of a sprained ankle?
Even though sprained ankles are severe soft tissue injuries, most people who’ve had one explain that the pain is worse than with a broken bone. When you sprain your ankle, you may experience:
- Ankle instability
These signs and symptoms don’t always mean your ankle is sprained. You might have a different type of ankle injury, like a fracture, that’s causing your discomfort. Dr. Grace evaluates you and looks at imaging tests right in the office, so he can get to the root of your ankle pain.
Whether your ankle pain symptoms are minor or severe, you need to have your ankle evaluated and treated at Family Foot Health Center. Otherwise, your ankle remains unstable, which can dramatically increase your risk of reinjury in the future.
How is an ankle sprain treated?
Your sprained ankle treatment plan depends on the severity of your sprain. Initially, you might need rest, elevation, and compression wrapping to help with swelling. Dr. Grace may also prescribe painkillers or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to improve your pain levels.
Once swelling and inflammation start subsiding, it’s important to restore your ankle’s range of motion, and rebuild strength and flexibility. To accomplish these steps, Dr. Grace may suggest any of the following therapies:
- Physical therapy
- Bracing or splinting
- Balance training
- Daily range-of-motion exercises
Occasionally, though, an ankle sprain is so severe, the only approach to improving stability is surgery. No matter which type of ankle pain treatment is right for you, Dr. Grace cares for you every step of the way to ensure you can return to your regular activities as soon as possible.