Ankle sprains are caused by an unnatural twisting or force on the ankle bones of the foot, which may result in excessive stretching or tearing of one or more ligaments on the outside of the ankle. The severity of the sprain can impact the degree of damage as well as the type and duration of treatment. If not properly treated by a Seattle podiatrist, ankle sprains may develop into long-term problems. Primary symptoms of ankle sprains are pain following a twist or injury, swelling, and bruising.
It is important that you contact a podiatrist in Everett, Renton, or Kirkland if you are experiencing any ailments that require immediate medical attention.
These might include the following:
Treatment includes resting and elevating the ankle and applying ice to reduce swelling. Compressive bandages also may be used to immobilize and support the injury during healing. Serious ankle sprains, particularly among competitive athletes, may require surgery to repair and tighten the damaged ligaments.
Here are some commonly recommended at-home treatments:
Icing the ankle immediately after injury and for at least three days afterward will be critical to reducing swelling. Resting the ankle will also allow the ligaments to heal and set properly. Most of the time, ankle pain can be treated without needing surgery. The most severe of ankle sprains and strains can find relief with proper attention to healing. Physical therapy might also be necessary to begin strengthening the muscles that support the ankle. Without doing this, the ankle itself could become unstable, and make the ankle more susceptible to re-injury.
To prevent ankle sprains, try to maintain strength, balance, and flexibility in the foot and ankle through exercising, stretching, and wearing well-fitted shoes.
Call our Seattle podiatrists today at (425) 678-3877 to learn more about ankle sprains and how to handle them.