Sprained Ankle

Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Southeast Georgia and South Carolina

A sprained ankle is an injury to your ankle ligaments. Because your ligaments stabilize your ankle joint, a sprained ankle can cause some serious discomfort and instability. The best way to recover is by seeing a foot and ankle expert, and that’s where Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, can come in. Call one of the 12 locations throughout Southern Georgia and South Carolina or use the online booking tool to request an appointment today.

Sprained Ankle Q & A

What is a sprained ankle?

A sprained ankle is one of the most common sports injuries of the foot and ankle, but it can happen to anyone. This injury occurs when you turn, twist, or roll your ankle in the wrong way accidentally. This motion causes overstretching or tearing of a ligament within your ankle, which can lead to pain and other problems. 

Usually, a sprained ankle happens in the ligaments on the outside of your ankle, including the anterior talofibular and calcaneofibular ligaments.

How do I know if my ankle is sprained?

A sprained ankle can cause sudden pain, which usually starts when you roll, twist, or otherwise move your ankle in an unintended, awkward way. You might hear a popping noise at the time of the injury, which is usually an indication of a ligament tear. 

Other common symptoms of an ankle sprain include:

  • Tenderness 
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Limited range of motion
  • Instability

In a serious sprain, you may have trouble bearing weight on your foot for very long, too. The best way to know for certain whether you have a sprained ankle is to visit Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment. 

How is a sprained ankle diagnosed?

Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, makes it convenient, fast, and easy to get the treatment you need. This starts with a weight-bearing X-ray. This type of X-ray is the most accurate because your feet and ankles bear the weight of your whole body whenever you’re standing or moving. 

The weight-bearing position allows your podiatrist to accurately identify even the smallest changes, while a non-weight-bearing X-ray could easily obscure the source of damage. The X-ray can help determine whether you have a sprain or a different issue, like a stress fracture.

If X-rays are inconclusive, you’ll typically have an ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to show the soft tissues more clearly, which aids in your diagnosis and treatment. 

What is the best treatment for a sprained ankle?

Sprained ankle treatment typically focuses on keeping your ankle stable by immobilizing it so the ligament can heal. Usually, that means you’ll wear a walking boot or an ankle brace. 

You also have to change your routine while you heal, generally resting more until your ligament is fully healed. Your podiatrist may also suggest anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, to help with swelling and pain.

Depending on the sprain’s severity, you might need other treatments like physical therapy to heal fully. 

Call the Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, located nearest you, or use the online booking tool to request an appointment at any time.