Ankle Sprains

Family Foot & Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Greenville, TX & Rockwall, TX

Your ankle joint is bound together by durable bands — known as ligaments — that stretch and absorb shock. But rolling or twisting your ankle can overstretch or tear your ligaments, which causes a painful sprain that Steven Brancheau, DPM; Paul Brancheau, DPM; and Ryan Pinedo, DPM, at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists can help treat. Whether your ankle sprain seems minor or severe, contact the practice location in Greenville or Rockwall, Texas, right away. After all, without immediate treatment, your ankle can become severely unstable. Find out more information by booking an appointment online or by calling to speak with a team member directly.

Ankle Sprains Q & A

What is an ankle sprain?

Your ankle joint is very flexible and allows you to point or flex your foot and even rotate your foot from side to side. It’s because of connective tissues, including ligaments, that these motions are possible.

Even though ligaments are strong enough to stretch and bounce back into place, they’re prone to overuse or injury. An ankle sprain means that you overstretched or tore one or more of the ligaments in your ankle joint. 

While less common, you can even rupture a ligament entirely. In any case, it’s important to see a podiatrist when you sprain an ankle since permanent ankle instability can occur if your ankle doesn’t properly heal. 

What are the symptoms of an ankle sprain?

An ankle sprain is known for causing agonizing pain. Your ankle pain may become so severe that you can’t walk or put weight on your ankle. Depending on the severity of your sprain, you may also experience:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising 
  • Tingling
  • Numbness 
  • Tenderness 
  • Ankle instability
  • Limited range of motion

Because many of these symptoms also occur with a broken bone, early intervention is very important. 

If any of these symptoms are present, the podiatrists at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists can help. They perform comprehensive diagnostic exams and imaging analyses, so you can learn about your diagnosis and get started on treatment quickly. 

How does a podiatrist treat an ankle sprain?

One of the most important components of an ankle pain treatment plan includes immobilization. Your podiatrist at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists may recommend a walking boot or splint to support your weakened ankle joint. 

To alleviate pain and promote healing, your podiatrist may recommend:

  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE therapy)
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Range of motion exercises and physical therapy
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Regular icing 

In most cases, these conservative types of treatments are effective for resolving your ankle sprain over time. Surgery is the last resort for severe ankle instability, ligament ruptures, or related bone fractures.

Once your podiatrist treats your ankle sprain, they counsel you about preventive care. While not completely avoidable, you can often curb ankle sprains by wearing supportive footwear and custom orthotics, as well as by properly stretching before physical activity. 

If you have an ankle sprain, the expert podiatrists at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists can help. Click on the online scheduler or call the office nearest you to schedule.