Without proper treatment, a sprained ankle can quickly progress and start lowering your quality of life. Before your sprained ankle worsens, get started on a personalized treatment plan at Animas Foot & Ankle in Loveland and Durango, Colorado. The team can help you properly stabilize your ankle and work to prevent future instability issues. You can request your sprained ankle evaluation online or call your closest office to book.
You have several ligaments in each of your ankles that connect bones to bones in an effort to provide stability and optimal range of motion. As flexible and durable as your ligaments may be, one swift move in the wrong direction, and you can quickly overstretch or even tear them. You can sprain your ankle by:
If you’re an athlete, you can also sprain your ankle if someone steps on your foot during a sporting event.
Usually, an ankle sprain results in clear signs and symptoms that can affect your quality of life. Although pain around the ankle joint is most common, you could also experience:
You might even feel a popping sensation — or hear it — when your ankle injury occurs. Because a sprained ankle often mimics the symptoms of a bone fracture, you should always have it evaluated at Animas Foot & Ankle, even if the injury seems minor.
The podiatry team at Animas Foot & Ankle may gather digital X-ray or ultrasound images to confirm an ankle sprain and rule out related injuries, such as a fracture. Depending on the severity of your sprained ankle and the symptoms you’re experiencing, your treatment plan may include:
If you have a ligament tear or if your ankle sprain seems to be getting worse, you might need surgery. The foot and ankle surgeons at Animas Foot & Ankle use minimally invasive techniques, such as an arthroscopy, to make repairs to your damaged tendon.
Because rebuilding ankle strength is so important after an ankle sprain — you want to prevent lingering instability — no matter which type of treatment is right for you, it’s generally recommended to start physical therapy after initial pain and inflammation subside.
Schedule your sprained ankle exam at Animas Foot & Ankle today. Request an appointment online, or call your nearby location.