Ankle sprains are some of the most common orthopedic injuries. In fact, an estimated 25,000 people sprain their ankles every day in the United States. At the Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Frisco, Texas, orthopedic specialists Charles Cook, MD, and John Noack, MD, can evaluate your ankle sprain to choose the right course of treatment. If you see signs of an ankle sprain, call the Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration for an appointment today.
Ankle sprains are common injuries that often happen when you roll or twist your ankle as you step down. With an ankle sprain, the ligaments or fibrous bands of tissue that connect the bones in the joint to each other stretch and tear. Some ankle sprains are mild and heal easily on their own, but others are terribly painful and can weaken your ankle. Severe ankle sprains can leave you prone to more injuries in the future.
Ankle sprains often happen when you run, fall, play sports, or simply walk on an uneven surface. You can’t predict them, but you can reduce your chances of spraining an ankle by wearing stable shoes and stretching before you exercise.
Ankle sprains of all levels are painful: If you sprain your ankle, you know right away that you’re injured. The signs and symptoms of an ankle sprain include:
The moment the injury happens, you might hear a popping sound or feel a popping sensation as the ligament tears. If you suspect that you have an ankle sprain, you should call the Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration to find out if you need an evaluation.
Self-care measures like rest, heat, and ice are usually enough to treat a mild ankle sprain. However, more severe ankle sprains need professional treatment. At the Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration, the team evaluates your ankle sprain to determine the extent of the tear. They may take X-rays or other imaging to view the inside of your ankle.
Ankle sprain treatment typically starts with conservative measures before surgery is considered. Treatments for ankle sprains include:
The team may give you a cast, crutches, or walking boot to help stabilize and support your joint after an ankle sprain.
The team offers injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and fat cell injections with Lipogems® to help with tissue regeneration and repair.
Arthroscopy is a type of surgery that requires only a small incision. Your surgeon uses small tools and a camera called an arthroscope to view and repair the torn ligament.
Don’t risk injuring your ankle even more after an ankle sprain. For a thorough evaluation and treatment, call the Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration today.