Ankle sprains are one of the most common podiatry injuries. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a sprained ankle results from strain or injury to the ligaments that help to keep the ankle stable and aligned in the joint. Like most soft tissue injuries, a sprained ankle can be mild, moderate or severe, depending on the size, location and extent (partial or full) of the tear. Dr. Mukesh Bhakta, a podiatrist at Prince William Foot & Ankle Center in Gainesville, VA, offers a range of diagnostic and treatment options for ankle sprains and other orthopedic injuries and conditions.
Ankle Sprain Diagnosis and Treatment in Gainesville, VA
The ankle is stabilized the lateral and medial ligaments, which are looked on the side and center front of the ankle. Although they are strong and designed to support the ankle's normal range of motion, a forceful twisting motion can create tears in the ligament, or a complete rupture in extreme cases.
The main symptoms of a sprained ankle are:
- Pain or tenderness when you touch it or apply pressure
- Ankle instability (severe sprains where a ligament has fully torn)
In most cases, a mild ankle sprain will heal on its own with conservative treatment like rest, elevation, icing, and over the counter pain relievers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) like Advil or Motrin. Moderate to severe sprains may require additional treatment that includes immobilizing the ankle and performing exercises to restore strength and range of motion. The treatment period can range from 2 to 12 weeks depending on the type of strain. Your podiatrist will physically examine the ankle and may order diagnostic imaging tests to determine the extent and severity of the injury.
Find a Podiatrist in Gainesville, VA
If you suspect that you have a sprained ankle but are not sure or are experiencing foot or ankle pain, contact Prince William Foot & Ankle Center by calling 703-753-3338 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bhakta today.