Symptoms Of An Ankle Sprain And How We Can Help
Ankle sprains happen in an instant. You're running to catch a pass, or maybe you're just walking your dog and your foot rolls inward when you step on a stone. No matter how they occur, these injuries are painful and can put you out of action for days or weeks. George Tjamaloukas, DPM, FACFAS and Kathy Tjamaloukas, DPM, FACCWS, your Wesley Chapel podiatrists, share some information about ankle sprain symptoms and treatment.
What is an ankle sprain?
Ankle sprains occur when you tear the ligaments in your ankle joint. Ligaments are bands of tough tissue that connect bones together. Although sprains can occur on the inside of your ankle, they're more common the outside. They can occur if you twist or roll your foot and often happen if you fall, walk or run on an uneven surface, or participate in a sport that requires quick foot movements, such as tennis or football.
What are the symptoms of a sprained ankle?
If you sprain your ankle, you may notice some or all of the following symptoms:
- Tenderness at the site of the sprain
- An unstable feeling when you walk
How are ankle sprains treated?
Most ankle sprains respond very well to ice, rest, elevation and over-the-counter pain relievers. If your pain persists or worsens, it's a good idea to see your Wesley Chapel podiatrists. They may recommend that you wear a walking boot and use crutches until your ligaments begin to heal.
Physical therapy can also be very helpful. During therapy sessions, you'll learn exercises that will help strengthen the muscles around your ankle, which can reduce symptoms and help prevent a recurrence of the problem. In most cases, surgery isn't needed, but it may be recommended if a severe strain causes chronic instability in your ankle.
Are you concerned about a foot or ankle injury? Call Dr. George Tjamaloukas, and Dr. Kathy Tjamaloukas, your Wesley Chapel podiatrists, at (813) 909-0865 and schedule an appointment today.