Ankle Sprains, unfortunately, occur with little to no notice. There are a variety of ankle conditions that can cause sprains for a number of reasons. Ankle sprains involve a sudden twist of the ankle joint whereby the ligaments that the ankle joint is held by are stretched far beyond their boundaries. This condition can negatively affect mobility in everyday situations or in high-stress activities such as participating in sporting events.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- Elevation to decrease swelling.
- Covering the ankle with a dressing to reduce swelling.
- Ice therapy to reduce inflammation.
- Physical therapy that strengthens the ligaments of the ankle and also significantly reduces the chance of incurring a subsequent sprain. If the ankle does not heal correctly, this condition can become chronic.
- Support devices such as crutches to lessen the weight-bearing amount placed on the ankle.
- Surgical procedures to treat an ankle sprain that does not fully heal with conventional methods. This is accomplished via a cut in the ankle to reach the ligaments to repair them adequately. Furthermore, arthroscopy can be a great form of minimally invasive surgery whereby the ankle is repaired with miniature tools utilizing a remote camera system that is placed into the ankle area for viewing.
Ankle sprains may become a significant issue, but only if not treated timely. Please contact us for a detailed prognosis of your ankle health and to start proper treatment to relieve the pain from your sprained ankle! Here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, located in Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668, MI, our team of podiatrists Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, can get your heel back to normal in no time. Moreover, take the time to make an appointment today by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above and don’t forget to review our Patient Education section for a more in-depth learning experience on the pitfalls and traps that can lead to poor foot and ankle health.