ANKLE SPRAIN Q & A:
What is a sprained ankle?
An ankle sprain occurs when the ligaments supporting your ankle tear. An ankle sprain can be mild or severe, depending on which ligaments you damage and how critically you harmed them.
Even after minor sprains, you may have an increased risk of re-injuring your ankle. If you repeatedly sprain the same ankle, you may develop arthritis, balance issues, or even chronic pain.
Sometimes, you can recover from a sprained ankle by resting it. However, if you’re experiencing severe pain, swelling, or the inability to walk or put weight on your foot, it’s critical to have it assessed by a foot and ankle professional like the Foot Health Team of Dr. Peter F. Gregory, D.P.M.
What causes a sprained ankle?
Ankle sprains occur when your ankle twists or is forced out of its normal position, typically by a fall. You can sprain your ankle doing everyday activities, and this injury is common among those who engage in sports or athletics.
Other common ways you can sprain your ankle include:
- Tripping or falling down
- Walking on an uneven surface
- Wearing unsupportive shoes
How is a sprained ankle treated?
Dr. Gregory can diagnose an ankle sprain with a physical examination, which may include palpating the ankle to find the injured ligaments. He may gently move your ankle in different directions to determine your range of motion.
Dr. Gregory may also order an X-ray or MRI of your foot and ankle to ensure you didn’t fracture or break any bones.
After determining the location of your sprain, he designs a treatment plan that usually includes:
- Elevation of your foot
- Physical therapy exercises
How long does it take an ankle sprain to heal?
Ankle sprains can take 4-12 weeks to heal, depending on the severity. You may need crutches to help you stay off your feet for a while, and Dr. Gregory may advise ice therapy to reduce swelling.
With proper attention to your treatment plan, you’ll be healed and back on your feet as soon as possible.
If you suspect you have a sprained ankle, book an appointment with the Foot Health Team of Dr. Peter F. Gregory, D.P.M. today by calling our Livonia office at 734-522-7676.