Ankle sprains are sudden in nature and can cause severe pain. Our podiatrist, John Schilero, DPM, at the Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, will do his best to treat your ankle sprain with the very best methods available. Please call us at 561-694-7776 EXT. 41 or visit us at our West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida locations to learn more about ankle sprains. Our Patient Education section is another valuable tool for you to use to learn more about foot and ankle conditions.
Ankle Sprains happen when the ligaments that maintain ankle balance are stretched outside their capabilities, causing tears. The tears can be minor or severe, which left untreated can weaken the ankle and make it more likely to be reinjured. The instability in the ankle that is thereby caused can damage the bones and cartilage of the ankle. This constant cycle of ankle sprains will cause long-term issues such as arthritis or ankle damage. When this condition occurs, it generally affects the lateral ligaments on the outside of the ankle.
When the ankle sprains, it is generally caused by an unexpected twist that can occur when walking or exercising on uneven surfaces, falling down, high intensity activities and when someone steps on your foot during an athletic event and the foot moves with the ankle.
Early symptoms of this condition include inflammation or tenderness.
Methods of treatment include getting plenty of rest, using ice, using compression via elastic wraps, elevating the ankle to reduce inflammation, physical therapy to increase the range of motion and medicines such as anti-inflammatories to reduce pain and swelling. When these methods of treatment are not successful in correcting this injury, surgery will be required to repair the damaged ligaments. In severe cases, ankle replacement surgery may be needed if multiple sprains cause severe damage to the ligaments. Rehabilitation will be very important since it will ensure that the ankle gets back to full motion and decreases the chances of it spraining again and again in the future. Once proper ankle function is restored, it will be able to handle the forces of pressure put upon it. If you have a sprained ankle, please contact us right away to get your ankles moving in the right direction!