Ankle sprains can develop all of a sudden and cause severe pain. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can help to diagnose the seriousness of your ankle sprain and provide the appropriate treatment options as needed. You can reach us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut.
Ankle Sprains can cause a meaningful amount of pain since they involve the ligaments, muscles and tendons of the ankle joint. Although the ankle is highly stable, it is still subject to the risk of injury due to the constant amount forces placed upon it through high intensity activities or routine walks over an extended amount of time. As this condition occurs, the ligaments that hold the ankle are stretched outside their normal boundaries or torn.
Factors leading to this condition include:
- Traumas forcing the ankle joint beyond its normal motion capabilities like tripping suddenly.
- Injuries resulting from pressure applied repeatedly in increments over time.
- Severe injuries sustained with huge impact or forces such as those seen in sports.
When this condition is not treated timely, chronic ankle sprains can start occurring due to the likelihood of the ligaments tearing or stretching more easily.
Treatment can include:
- getting plenty of rest
- use of ice to reduce swelling
- elevating the ankle
- refraining from walking or applying too much pressure on the foot to allow for the ankle to heal correctly
- taping or casting to help stabilize and support the injured ankle
- physical therapy to help strengthen the ankle as it continues to heal
Surgery can always be used if the situation calls for it and could involve arthroscopy, reconstruction and transplants of tissue to fix the ankle.
Even though the above information is helpful, please also review our Patient Education section for information about other foot complications so that you have a chance of preventing them before they occur. Please contact our offices now to treat your ankle sprain with care.