Many people suffer from a sprained ankle at some point. Ankle sprains occur when the ankle joint twists in an unnatural way, which can also cause ligaments on the outside of the ankle to stretch or tear. Left untreated, a sprained ankle might not heal properly and could lead to long-term problems like chronic ankle instability. Dr. Jeremy Thomas, the board-certified podiatrist at Triangle Foot and Ankle Specialist in Southern Pines, NC, evaluates and treats sprained ankles.
Signs and Symptoms of an Ankle Sprain
Sprained ankles occur when the ankle joint twists in a different direction than the foot. The force of the twisting motion often causes ligaments around the ankle to stretch out or be torn, which can lead to pain, discomfort, and instability. Some typical signs and symptoms that you’ve sprained your ankle include:
- Difficulty walking
- Pain or discomfort
- Ankle instability
- Limited range of motion
Certain activities can increase the risk of spraining an ankle. Walking, jogging, or running on rough or uneven surfaces, such as trails, can put you at risk for a sprained ankle. Participating in sports and activities with a lot of jumping or high-impact movements also increases the likelihood of spraining an ankle. Another factor that can increase the risk of developing a sprained ankle is wearing shoes with high heels or insufficient support.
Treating Sprained Ankles
If you are suffering from a sprained ankle it is important to seek proper treatment to ensure the ankle heals properly. Ankle sprains that do not heal correctly can lead to long-term problems, including chronic pain and ankle instability. The skilled podiatrist at our Southern Pines, NC, podiatry office treats ankle sprains. The doctor will develop a treatment plan to help your ankle heal properly.
Treating a sprained ankle can include many phases, from resting the ankle to building strength and flexibility to minimize the risk of future sprains. Common methods for treating an ankle sprain include:
- Resting the injured ankle
- Elevating the injured ankle
- Limiting physical activity during recovery
- Applying a cold compress or ice to the ankle
- Medications to alleviate pain and reduce swelling
- Wearing a splint, brace, or compression bandage for support
- Strength and flexibility exercises
If you are suffering from a sprained ankle, we can help. The experienced podiatrist at our office in Southern Pines, NC, has helped many patients recover from ankle sprains. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Thomas, call Triangle Foot and Ankle Specialist at (910) 757-0058.