Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries among athletes, but also affect approximately 10% of the general population. Without proper treatment, most people will experience another ankle sprain later in life due to ankle joint instability. To ensure this does not happen, people should see their podiatrist right away to start treatment.
Ankle sprains usually occur from a twisting motion during sports or from a misstep on uneven ground. Symptoms include swelling, bruising, instability, and chronic pain around the ankle joint. Most people have difficulty walking due to the pain after an ankle sprain and may have a limp.
Treatment varies depending n the severity of the ankle sprain, but initial treatment involves immobilization or splinting with a cast, boot, or brace. If the sprain is severe enough, treatment will be adjusted, and may include surgery. For more minor sprains, the RICE protocol will be an important part of treatment. This is rest, ice, compression, and elevation; all of which are necessary in the initial stages of treatment. After a short period of immobilization, physical therapy is started to improve muscle strength, balance, and ankle joint range of motion. Long term bracing is often required for a full recovery when returning to sports.
If you have suffered from an ankle injury, call us today to set up an appointment for an evaluation and to begin your road to recovery. At Alpine Foot Specialists, we are able to provide the best foot care possible. Rather than a general practitioner for any foot problems you are experiencing, turn to a licensed podiatrist so you can be fully confident in the treatment you receive.