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 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.
- 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
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
An ankle sprain will often resolve without treatment. However, because ankle sprains and fractures have similar symptoms, seek medical care if:
Home care for an ankle sprain is focused on lessening the pain, decreasing inflammation and promoting healing.
Reduce inflammation with R.I.C.E.:
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.