Could that sports-related injury actually be a sprained ankle?
An ankle sprain is nothing to ignore. Of course, it isn’t always easy to figure out whether or not you are dealing with a sprained ankle, which is where our Bloomington, IL, podiatrist, Dr. Gerald Paul, comes in. After reading this, if you suspect that you might have a sprained ankle it’s time to come in to have it checked out.
A sprained ankle is a very common sports injury; however, you don’t have to play sports in order to develop a sprain. After all, the ankle is pretty delicate and prone to injury. It’s important that if you suspect that you’ve sprained your ankle that you seek medical attention. Our Bloomington foot doctor will easily be able to determine whether you sprained your ankle and then create a treatment plan to help manage your symptoms until your ankle fully heals. It’s important to visit a doctor for a sprained ankle since not providing the ankle with proper treatment could lead to chronic ankle instability.
So, how do you know if you sprained your ankle? If you are dealing with a sprain you may notice these symptoms:
- Ankle pain, particularly when putting weight on the ankle
You may also have heard a popping sound at the moment of impact (this can happen if the sprain is related to a sports injury or accident). If ankle pain comes about immediately after an injury you should see a doctor right away, as you won’t know if it’s actually more serious than a sprain.
How is an ankle sprain treated?
The severity of your ankle sprain will determine the best course of action for treating your injury. Most ankle sprain symptoms can be properly managed with simple at-home treatment. The RICE method is usually the best approach (RICE stands for rest, ice, elevation, and compression). More moderate sprains may require you to stay off the foot and wear a protective boot or even use crutches.
You will also avoid most physical activities until your foot doctor in Bloomington, IL, has made sure your ankle has fully healed and cleared you to go back to your normal athletic routine. Sometimes physical therapy and rehabilitation are recommended to help restore the ankle and rebuild the muscles, tendons, and ligaments around it. Very rarely is surgery necessary to treat an ankle sprain.
McLean County Foot and Ankle in Bloomington, IL, is here to provide you with thorough and comprehensive care whenever you need it. Whether you just need to schedule a routine checkup or you think you’ve sprained your ankle, give us a call and we will schedule an appointment right away.