Ankle sprains and strains are a very common occurrence that often happen unexpectedly like when you misjudge a curb and trip because you were staring at your phone! The ankle joint is comprised of many soft tissues including ligaments and tendons that can become overstretched and even torn, causing extreme swelling, pain, and immobility. Severe injuries to the ankle may require surgery, and a rigid boot will have to be worn to immobilize the foot so proper healing can occur
It can be hard to tell how severe an ankle sprain is without a proper evaluation. Getting proper treatment is essential to avoid future complications, so be sure to see your foot doctor.
2 major reasons to treat ankle sprains promptly and properly include the following:
- To prevent chronic instability of the joint—If the ankle joint doesn’t heal completely and another injury occurs, your ankle can become chronically unstable leading to instability and a higher likelihood of falling and suffering other injuries.
- To rule out other injuries—Since a severe foot injury may also involve a fracture, it’s important to have an evaluation done by your foot doctor. A physical exam of the affected foot followed by imaging studies is often necessary to see the true extent of any damage.
For ankle sprains or any other problems you may be having with your feet and ankles, it is always best to see your foot doctor to receive the proper diagnosis and treatment. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high-quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.