Houston Foot and Ankle Care
DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Podiatrist located in Houston, TX
Sprained Ankle Q & A
What is a sprained ankle?
A sprained ankle often occurs simply as a result of twisting or rolling your foot in an awkward manner. This can stretch or tear the ligaments that connect the bones in your feet, and may be very painful. Oftentimes, it’s hard to tell if you sprained your ankle or broke a bone.
It’s easy to roll your ankle inward, resulting in an inversion injury, or roll it outward, resulting in an eversion injury. Inversion injuries are the most common types of twisted ankles, and can lead to long-term pain if you don’t treat the injury properly or don’t get treatment soon enough.
If your injured ankle doesn’t respond to home remedies like ice and rest, it could be the sign of a more complicated problem that needs medical attention. If symptoms persist, it’s better to be safe than sorry by seeking the expertise of a board-certified podiatrist like Dr. Maislos.
What are the symptoms of a sprained ankle?
Common symptoms of a sprained ankle include:
- Inability to put weight on your ankle
- Pain and swelling
- An area that’s tender to the touch around your ankle
- Popping sensation at the time of the injury or if you try to move
- Limited range of motion
These signs usually indicate a sprained ankle, but you may need an exam and X-ray to determine the severity of your injury. Ankle ligament tears and ruptures often occur on the outside of your ankle, involving the anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL). Such injuries may be acute, meaning it heals over time, or chronic, leaving you with painful symptoms long after it heals.
How is a sprained ankle treated?
How Dr. Maislos treats your twisted ankle depends on the severity of your symptoms and if you’ve torn a ligament or simply stretched it too far past its normal range of motion. Rest, ice, and immobilization while your ligaments heal is often enough, but if you ruptured a ligament, surgery may be the best treatment method for complete recovery.
Once your ankle is feeling better, Dr. Maislos provides you with stretching exercises to rehabilitate your ankle and restore mobility and flexibility. After a rehabilitation phase, Dr. Maislos advises you when your ankle is strong enough to resume normal activities, such as playing your favorite sports.
If you’ve twisted your ankle and are experiencing pain, swelling, and visible bruising around the joint, call Houston Foot and Ankle Care or use online booking to schedule an appointment so Dr. Maislos can evaluate your condition and speed you on the road to recovery.