Ankle Sprains

Conditions We Treat

What is an Ankle Sprain?

An ankle sprain is an injury to one or more ligaments in the ankle, usually on the outside of the ankle.

What Causes a Sprained Ankle

Sprained ankles often result from a fall, a sudden twist, or a blow that forces the ankle joint out of its normal position.

Signs and Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of ankle sprains may include:
• Pain or soreness
• Swelling
• Bruising
• Difficulty walking
• Stiffness in the joint

Why Prompt Medical Attention is Needed

There are four key reasons why an ankle sprain should be promptly evaluated and treated by a foot and ankle surgeon:
1. An untreated ankle sprain may lead to chronic ankle instability
2. You may have suffered a more severe ankle injury along with the sprain
3. An ankle sprain may be accompanied by a foot injury that causes discomfort but has gone unnoticed thus far
4. Rehabilitation of a sprained ankle needs to begin right away

Non-Surgical Treatment and Rehabilitation

When you have an ankle sprain, rehabilitation is crucial. Your foot and ankle surgeon may recommend one of the following treatment options:
• Immobilization
• Early physical therapy
• Medications
• Icing
• Compression wraps

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