Ankle sprains are one of the most common reasons that patients visit our podiatry office. These injuries happen easily as the result of a fall or a twist. We see them often in athletes and dancers, but everyone is at risk – men, women, and children of all ages.
What Is a Sprained Ankle?
Your ankle is a complex joint made of three bones held together. The ankle joint allows the foot to move up and down and to rotate. When an ankle is sprained, one of those ligaments has been overstretched, partially torn, or even completely torn.
Symptoms of a Sprained Ankle
A sprained ankle is typically rather painful. Standing and walking can become difficult. The ankle may be tender and uncomfortable to touch. Swelling and bruising are also common side effects of a sprain.
Treating a Sprained Ankle
When you call our podiatrist to report a potential ankle sprain, he will probably want to see you as quickly as possible. The sooner treatment begins, the more effective it will be and the less time it will take for you to heal. Possible treatment methods will include:
● RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
● over-the-counter or prescription medication for pain and swelling
● immobilization with a bandage, boot, or cast
● follow up with physical therapy
● custom orthotics for improved cushioning and support
● surgery, but only in the most extreme cases
If you are worried that you have sprained your ankle or if you have any other concerns about the health and well-being of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, a visit to a podiatrist like James M. McKee, DPM, FACFAS is in order. With years of training and experience, these specialists are the best-qualified medical professionals to help you. Schedule a convenient appointment in Podiatry Group of Annapolis’s comfortable, modern office in Annapolis, MD today. Call our friendly staff at 410-224-4448 or click here to get started.