Ankle and foot sprains are some of the most common podiatric injuries, usually caused by a fall or a sudden twist that forces the ligaments out of their normal position. Whether you play sports or simply lose your footing or twist your ankle walking down the street, sprains can happen at any time and range in severity from mild to severe.
Typically, most sprains can be divided into three categories:
The treatment and recovery period for a sprain will depend on the degree of the sprain and whether there is additional damage to the soft tissue in and around the injury. In many cases, the RICE method is both a conservative yet effective treatment used to treat ankle sprains. While you should still seek a consultation with a board-certified podiatrist to make sure that it is not something more serious than a sprain, common treatment options for managing your symptoms before your appointment include:
If after one to two weeks you don’t see improvement with the RICE method, or if you believe that you may have a more moderate to severe sprain, you should make an appointment with a podiatrist who will conduct an exam and use X-rays or an MRI to further pinpoint the exact issue. If the sprain does not heal with conservative treatment, your podiatrist may recommend treatment with medication, physical therapy or supportive devices such as walking boots and crutches to relieve pressure and allowing the sprain to heal. In very rare cases, such as if your joints have become unstable, surgery may be necessary to repair the damage.
Failing to treat ankle sprain symptoms in a timely manner or completely can lead to chronic pain or joint instability.
Don’t let a sprained ankle keep you off your feet a second longer than necessary. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Richard Hochman today by calling (305) 442-1780 today to discuss your specific treatment options.