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A Common Injury That Needs the Right Treatment

An ankle sprain can happen to anyone and it doesn’t require much for one to happen. Stepping off a curb the wrong way, landing on your foot during a sports game, a misstep in high heels, or tripping over your child’s toy can move your ankle too far the wrong way. The severity of the injury impacts the extent of damage – and the healing and recovery time. Your response to an ankle sprain also impacts your foot health in the future.

Dr. Philip Pinsker and his staff care for this type of injury on a regular basis at our podiatric office in Washington, PA. Learn more about how to tell if you have a sprain, and why it is so important to contact us as soon as symptoms develop.

What is a sprain?

There are two main sets of ligaments surrounding your ankle – on the inside and on the outside. These ligaments have the important role of holding bones together and keeping the ankle in proper alignment. When they are forced into an unnatural position, beyond their normal range of motion, these ligaments can be stretched, torn, or completely ruptured. The most common way a sprain occurs is when the foot turns inward and the outside of the ankle rolls beyond its limits.

How can I know if I have sprained my ankle?

Sometimes a sprain is misunderstood as a strain. Strains involve injury to muscle, whereas a sprain involves ligaments. There are levels of severity when it comes to this type of ankle injury. The symptoms you would experience as a result of an ankle sprain will vary depending on the nature of your injury. You may feel an immediate twinge of pain and notice swelling with a mild sprain. A more severe injury may cause a pop or snapping sound at the time of injury, bruising, tenderness, and stiffness in the joint, and it could leave you with an inability to put any weight on the ankle at all.

The bottom line is that you really have no way of truly knowing if the injury is indeed a sprain or something different. There are several causes for ankle pain, and what you suspect is a simple sprain could in reality be a fracture. For this reason, it is important to seek treatment promptly.

Why You Should Seek Treatment from a Podiatrist

Even if your injury is minor in nature, a sprain should never be ignored. Foot pain in general isn’t normal, and even if you suspect that nothing is going on and the pain will eventually just go away, it is better to be safe than sorry. As soon as symptoms arise, let us ensure that the cause of your pain gets treated appropriately. It may indeed be a minor sprain that will heal with rest and ice and elevation. There have been many situations over the years in our practice when patients have come in with nagging foot pain thinking it is a sprain when it was truly a broken bone causing the discomfort. Repeated use of an injured ankle will further weaken the joint. This makes your ankle vulnerable to re-injury and could result in chronic ankle pain and problems.

Dr. Philip Pinkser will use a physical exam, X-ray, MRI or even a CAT scan to get an accurate picture of the reason for your ankle pain. He will then be able to provide a tailored treatment plan suitable to the nature of your injury. If you have suffered a sprain, do not wait to seek treatment. The health of your ankle is at stake and delayed or improper treatment will make your injury less likely to heal properly.

The right rehabilitation needs to start as soon as possible for an ankle injury, and this may include following the RICE protocol: rest, ice, compression and elevation. We may also implement physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications. If you have a more severe injury, surgery may be necessary to repair damaged ligaments.

If you suspect an ankle injury, take quick action and call us for treatment. Make an appointment at our office in Washington, PA by calling (724) 225-7410.