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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.
A sprained ankle can happen to anyone. Find out the most common treatment options and how your Torrance, CA podiatrists at Precision Foot and Ankle Centers can help get you back on your feet in no time.
What does a sprained ankle mean?
If your Torrance foot doctor has told you that you’ve sprained your ankle this simply means that at least one of the ligaments on the outer side of the ankle has been stretched or torn. Sometimes those with more severe sprains may have even felt a pop at the time of the injury.
Does a sprained ankle need treatment?
Yes, absolutely! You should come into our Torrance, CA podiatric office at the first sign of any ankle pain, swelling, bruising, etc. If an ankle sprain is left untreated you could be faced with long-term ankle problems like instability. Plus, when you come in for a diagnosis we will need to run an X-ray to make sure that you haven’t fractured any bones and to properly determine that your symptoms are due to a sprain.
How should I care for my sprained ankle?
By treating your sprained ankle immediately you can prevent issues such as chronic pain and instability. For those with minor, or what we call Grade I sprains you may find that conservative options like the R.I.C.E. method offer the relief you need:
- Rest: Try not to bear down on your ankle and avoid activities that could exacerbate your condition. Take it easy and rest whenever possible.
- Ice: Icing can go a long way to reducing swelling. Always wrap ice in a cloth or towel before applying to skin and never ice for more than 20 minutes at a time.
- Compression: This is another way to reduce swelling and to provide additional support and stability for your ankle.
- Elevation: Prop the foot up above the heart to keep swelling down.
You should notice that by adopting the R.I.C.E method that swelling goes down in a couple of days.
For those with Grade II sprains, the R.I.C.E method is still recommended but it may take longer for your sprain to heal. Your podiatrist in Torrance, CA may also recommend wearing a cast or splint to immobilize the ankle until it has healed.
Those with Grade III sprains are at a high risk of developing ankle instability if they leave this issue untreated. You may be required to wear a cast or boot for several weeks. While surgery is rarely needed, those with repeated ankle sprains may need surgery to tighten the ligaments in their ankles.
Don’t let ankle pain affect your quality of life. Turn to the podiatric experts of Precision Foot and Ankle Centers for all of your foot and ankle needs.