The ankle joint is stabilized and supported by a network of connective tissue (muscles, tendons, cartilage, and ligaments). A sprained ankle occurs when a forceful twisting motion of the foot strains one of the major ligaments that help to keep the ankle in alignment. Sprains range in intensity from mild to severe, depending on the extent of damage to the ligament. Mild to moderate ankle sprains can usually be treated with conservative options, while more severe strains may require diagnosis and treatment by a podiatrist. Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski, a foot doctor in Naperville, IL, recommends seeking treatment for pain, swelling, and mobility problems that persist for more than a week, and do not respond to rest and conservative treatments like icing and rest.
Ankle Sprain Treatment in Naperville, IL
The extent of damage after an ankle sprain can be difficult to self-diagnose, and symptoms may not develop right away. A foot doctor can determine the most appropriate form of treatment to ensure that the ankle heals properly, and to prevent further damage in the future. The most common symptoms of a sprained ankle include:
- Limited range of motion
An ankle injury can happen to anyone at any time. Some of the most common causes of a sprained ankle are a trip or fall, an unsteady or awkward landing from a jump or pivoting motion, and walking or running on uneven surfaces. People that play certain sports or have suffered a previous ankle injury can be more susceptible to sprains.
Moderate to severe sprains can be diagnosed through a physical exam and imaging tests. Depending on the extent of the injury, treatment typically includes medication, physical therapy and assistive devices to stabilize or temporarily immobilize the ankle such as crutches, casts or a walking boot. In rare cases of a severe ligament tear that does not respond to conservative treatment, surgery may be recommended to reattach the ligament.
Find a Foot Doctor in Naperville, IL
Don't let foot and ankle pain slow you down. If you are suffering from an ankle sprain, heel pain, or other foot and ankle problem, contact Ankle and Foot Center of Fox Valley by calling 630-778-7670 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jagodzinski today.