Ankle sprains are a very common problem seen and treated by podiatrists. Sprains happen when the ligaments which support the ankle are twisted or stretched in an uncontrolled or excessive manner. Sprains cause pain, swelling, stiffness and gait dysfunction. Initial treatment should include rest, ice, compression (ace bandage) and elevation. If this does not improve symptoms, it is best to be evaluated by a podiatrist. An x-ray can be taken to make sure no bones are fractured. Tests can also be performed to determine if a ligament was torn. Depending on the severity of the injury, an ankle sprain may require a splint which can be worn in a shoe, a walking cast or even crutches for non-weight bearing. Worst case scenario is if there is a severe tear of a ligament requiring surgery.
Physical therapy can be used to strengthen the muscles around the ankle and allow it to be more stable after a sprain.
Our office is equipped with almost all aspects of treatment for ankle sprains. X-rays, splints, walking boots, crutches, some forms of physical therapy as available at your visit.