An ankle sprain can happen unexpectedly in a variety of everyday situations such as by misjudging a step, tripping on a curb, or coming down awkwardly after a high jump. Since your ankle joint is held together by many tendons and ligaments that are susceptible to overstretching and breaking, it’s always a good idea to have an ankle injury evaluated by your foot doctor to determine the extent of the damage.
Prompt medical attention and proper treatment are essential for adequate healing and to avoid chronic ankle pain and discomfort.
Some other important reasons to treat ankle strains and sprains promptly include:
- An untreated or poorly treated ankle sprain may lead to chronic ankle instability and leg weakness. This can make you more likely to succumb to future ankle injuries.
- Pain and discomfort from an ankle sprain could be indicative of another injury such as a break or hairline fracture, so see your foot doctor for a complete diagnosis.
- To avoid making a bad situation worse, immediately after an ankle injury, use the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, and elevation).
Other treatments for ankle sprains:
After employing the RICE protocol, pain medications such as ibuprofen will help relieve pain and swelling. Additional treatment may include a wearing a rigid boot to immobilize the ankle. Physical therapy exercises will then need to be slowly added to rebuild strength and flexibility in the ankle.
If you have suffered an ankle sprain, see your foot doctor right away. 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.