Sprained Ankle Q & A
What is a sprained ankle?
Rolling, twisting, or turning your ankle awkwardly can result in a sprain, a painful injury that requires rest and treatment to fully cure. Injuries or accidents can stretch or tear the ligaments that hold your ankle bone in place and allow for the proper, fluid range of motion.
There are varying degrees to which you can sprain your ankle. While most sprains are minor and only require rest and at-home care, more severe cases may involve more comprehensive treatment plans.
What are common signs and symptoms of a sprained ankle?
The signs and symptoms of a sprained ankle can vary widely depending on the severity of the sprain. Here are some common signs to look out for:
- Pain when you put weight on your foot
- Your ankle is tender to the touch
- A limited or strained range of motion
- A popping sound when you get injured
If swelling, bruising, and other symptoms persist for more than a few days or prove severe, it’s probably a good idea to have your ankle checked out by Dr. Deacon to rule out serious damage to a ligament or bone.
What causes a sprained ankle?
The most common cause of sprained ankles is a fall. Many people fall and land awkwardly on their ankle while playing sports. For example, when playing basketball you can land awkwardly after jumping or have another player land on your ankle, resulting in a sprain.
Wearing improper shoes for exercise can make you more susceptible to suffering a sprained ankle. Also, if you’re in poor physical condition and your ankles aren’t particularly strong or flexible, you may be more likely to sprain your ankle during exercise.
How is a sprained ankle treated?
Most sprained ankles can be treated with rest and at-home remedies. Dr. Deacon can evaluate your sprain and determine the severity of your injury. If it’s not too serious, he’ll prescribe conservative treatments, such as over-the-counter pain medication, plenty of rest, icing, and elevation to reduce swelling.
In some rare cases, severely sprained ankles that don’t respond well to conservative treatment may require surgery. This is necessary when a ligament or tendon won’t heal without surgery.
If you’ve sprained your ankle and would like Dr. Deacon’s professional opinion, call Milwaukee Advanced Foot & Ankle Clinic or schedule an appointment online today.