Ankle Sprains Treatments / Surgery by our SJ Podiatrist
An ankle sprain is an injury that occurs in one or more ligaments in the ankle. Ligaments are a band of tissues that connect one bone to another. The ankle joint and ligament provides stability to the area, this limits the side-to-side movement. There are several levels of ankle sprain severity. This will depend on whether the ligament is stretched, partially torn, or completely torn. Our San Jose foot / ankle surgeon can help evaluate, diagnose, and treat any type of ankle sprain.
What Causes Ankle Sprains?
Most sprained ankles can result from a fall, sudden twist, or a blow that forces the joint out of its position. They commonly occur while participating in sports, walking or running on uneven surfaces, or wearing inappropriate shoes.
Other times sprained ankles are a result of having weak ankles. This is a condition that some people are born with. Having any previous ankle or foot injuries can cause weak ankles that can result in sprains.
Signs and Symptoms
-Pain or soreness
-Stiff ankle joint
These symptoms can vary in intensity depending on the how bad your sprain is. Pain and swelling are sometimes absent in people who have had previous ankle sprains. You may, however, experience a wobbly or unsteady feeling in their ankles when you are walking.
If you think that you have a sprained ankle you should contact your foot or ankle surgeon. Especially, since treating a sprained ankle is crucial and requires prompt medical attention. Before going to an ankle sprain doctor being using the ‘R.I.C.E’ method. This stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. All of these will help reduce the pain, swelling, and further injuring the area. Some strains can be so severe as to cause an ankle fracture.
Why is Prompt Medical Attention Needed?
There are four reasons why an ankle sprain needs to be examined by an ankle sprain doctor or ankle surgeon. During the evaluation of an ankle injury, the foot ankle doctor in San Jose will want to know how you injured your ankle. They will then examine the area, this can include x-rays, MRI, or a CT scan. All of these tests will help the ankle doctor determine how bad the injury is.
-An untreated ankle sprain can lead to chronic ankle instability. This is can result in persistent discomfort and a developed weakness in the leg.
-Your ankle injury could be the worst ankle injury. This can include a serious bone fracture that can cause complications if it goes untreated.
-Often times a sprained ankle can be accompanied by a foot injury.
-Rehabilitation of the ankle needs to begin right away. If it is delayed the sprained ankle may not heal properly.
Non-Surgical Treatment and Rehabilitation
There are several treatment plans that the ankle doctor in San Jose can recommend.
-Immobilization: Depending on the severity of your injury, the doctor could order that it be put in a cast, walking boot, or a brace. All of these options will prevent you from moving your ankle.
-Physical therapy: A rehabilitation program will help promote healing. It will also help increase your range of motion.
-Medication: Your doctor may also recommend Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like ibuprofen. This can help reduce pain and inflammation.
-Icing: Icing your injured ankle several times a day can help resolve pain and swelling. You can wrap ice cubes or bags of frozen vegetable in a towel.
-Compression wraps: To prevent further ankle swelling, you may have to wrap your ankle in an elastic bandage or stocking.
Is surgery needed for an ankle sprain / strain?
Surgery is needed in only severe cases, to help treat ankle sprains. This can involve repairing the damaged ligament. Your surgeon will pick the best procedure for you based the severity of your injury, and your activity level.
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