Signs You May Have Sprained Your Ankle
Find out if you could be dealing with a sprain and the best way to treat it if you do.
You were in the heat of the game and didn’t realize right away that your ankle hurt until the adrenaline started to wear off. Now you are worried that you may have sprained your ankle. Did you? Our podiatrists - Dr. Eric Feit and Dr. Alona Kashanian at Precision Foot and Ankle Centers in San Pedro, Los Angeles and Torrance, CA are here to share some of the signs and symptoms that you could just mean that you sprained your ankle.
Symptoms of a sprained ankle include:
- Pain and tenderness
- Stiffness and limited range-of-motion
In more serious cases, you may find it difficult or even impossible to put weight on the foot. Of course, these symptoms could also be indicative of many other foot injuries so it’s important that you seek a proper diagnosis from our Torrance foot doctor so that you know how to properly treat your injured foot.
What is a sprained ankle?
Inside the ankle is an array of ligaments that are designed to support the overall structure of your ankle and also connect the leg bones to the foot. If your leg suddenly twists into an unnatural position this can cause the ligaments to overstretch or even tear. Sprained ankles can range from minor overstretching to complete ligament tears.
How is a sprained ankle treated?
In most cases, we may recommend some easy at-home ways to help speed up the healing process and to make sure that everything heals properly. First and foremost, the most important thing is that you give your ankle some rest so that it can heal. The more you stay off the ankle the better. This means avoiding certain activities until we give you the go ahead to return to them.
In the meantime, you will want to elevate the ankle whenever you are resting to reduce swelling. To combat both pain and swelling you can also take over-the-counter anti-inflammatories (we may prescribe a stronger medication for those with more moderate-to-severe sprains). You may also want to wear a supportive brace to provide stability and protection when walking or moving around. In some cases, we may also advice you to use crutches. On average, it will take around six weeks for the ankle to heal.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of a sprained ankle, do not delay. Call Precision Foot and Ankle Centers in San Pedro, Los Angeles and Torrance, CA, today to find out what’s going on. We can get you on the road to recovery in no time.