Ankle Sprain

Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Care & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Scottsdale, AZ and servicing the greater Phoenix area
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Ankle Sprain services offered in Scottsdale, AZ

Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries we see in the clinic, and they can be quite painful. David Larson, DPM, a fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeon, specializes in Ankle Sprains. After an exam, Dr. Larson can determine your risk and make treatment recommendations. To make an appointment, call the office in Mesa or Phoenix, Arizona, or request an appointment online today.

Ankle Sprain Q&A

What is an Ankle Sprain?

Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries we see in the clinic, and they can be quite painful. The ankle joint – which connects the foot with the lower leg – is easily injured. An ankle sprain is an injury to the ligaments or tendons of the ankle. Ankle sprains are a frequent injury among athletes, notably runners. 

What Causes an Ankle Sprain? 

- Twisting motions when the foot is placed on uneven ground or in an awkward position

- Stepping into a hole

-An unusual amount of force on the joint

What are the Symptoms of an Ankle Sprain?

Ankle sprains and ankle fractures can present with similar symptoms. If pain continues for more than a few days after the injury, it’s important to be evaluated by a doctor. 

Inflammation is a primary symptom of an ankle sprain. With inflammation, these changes typically occur:

- Swelling due to the increase of fluid in the tissue
- Throbbing and pain in the joint
- Pain due to increased nerve sensitivity
- Pain worsens when you press on the sore area
- Increased pain with movement or weight-bearing
- Redness and warmth in the injured area

When Should I Seek Medical Care for an Ankle Sprain?

An ankle sprain will often resolve without treatment. However, because ankle sprains and fractures have similar symptoms, seek medical care if:  

  • Your pain is severe or uncontrolled, even with over-the-counter medications, elevation and icing.  
  • You can’t walk or walk without severe pain.
  • Your ankle pain does not improve within 5-7 days. You may still have pain, but it should be improving.

What Can I Do at Home for an Ankle Sprain?

Home care for an ankle sprain is focused on lessening the pain, decreasing inflammation and promoting healing. 

Reduce inflammation with R.I.C.E.: 

  • Rest prevents further injury and avoids stress on already inflamed tissue. Wear a brace or splint.
  • Ice will counteract the increased blood flow to the injured area and reduce swelling, redness and warmth. Apply ice soon after the injury to prevent inflammation. 
  • Compression can help keep swelling down. Use compression wraps, such as Ace bandages (do not apply tightly). 
  • Elevation to keep the injured area above the level of the heart to help the body absorb fluid that has leaked into the tissue.
  • Anti-inflammatory pain medications will reduce the pain and combat swelling. Over-the-counter options include ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and naproxen (Aleve). Check with your doctor first if you have any medical problems or take any other medicines.

To learn more about Ankle Sprains, make an appointment with David Larson, DPM, today. Call the nearest office to speak with a staff member or request an appointment online.

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