Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are a common injury that can happen to anyone, whether you are an athlete or not. At Premier Podiatry and Orthopedics, we understand the discomfort and inconvenience that ankle sprains can bring. On this page, we aim to provide you with comprehensive information about ankle sprains, including their causes, symptoms, prevention strategies, and the various ways we can assist you in recovering from this injury.

What are Ankle Sprains?

An ankle sprain occurs when the ligaments that connect the bones in the ankle joint are stretched or torn due to sudden twisting, rolling, or turning of the foot. This injury can lead to pain, swelling, and limited mobility. The severity of an ankle sprain can be categorized into three grades:

  • Grade 1: Mild stretching and microscopic tearing of ligaments, resulting in minimal swelling and discomfort.
  • Grade 2: Partial tearing of ligaments, causing moderate swelling, pain, and limited ability to bear weight.
  • Grade 3: Complete tearing or rupture of ligaments, leading to severe swelling, pain, and significant instability of the ankle joint.
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What Causes Ankle Sprains?

Ankle sprains often occur during activities that involve sudden changes in direction, uneven surfaces, or improper footwear. Athletes who participate in sports such as basketball, soccer, and tennis are particularly susceptible. Additionally, walking or running on slippery surfaces increases the risk of ankle sprains.

Prevention of Ankle Sprains

While ankle sprains are common, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of experiencing this injury:

  • Choose Appropriate Footwear: Opt for shoes that provide proper support and stability for your activities.
  • Warm Up: Always warm up your muscles before engaging in physical activities.
  • Strengthen Your Ankles: Incorporate ankle-strengthening exercises into your routine to improve joint stability.
  • Use Caution on Uneven Surfaces: Be cautious when walking or running on uneven terrain to prevent accidental twists or rolls.
  • Balance Training: Engage in balance exercises to enhance your proprioception and prevent ankle instability.
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How We Can Help You with Ankle Sprains

At Premier Podiatry and Orthopedics, we offer a range of treatments to help you recover from ankle sprains:

RICE Protocol

The initial response to an ankle sprain is crucial for managing pain and reducing swelling. Our team at Premier Podiatry and Orthopedics recommends the RICE protocol as a fundamental step in your recovery process:

  • Rest: Give your injured ankle time to heal by avoiding weight-bearing activities that can exacerbate the injury.
  • Ice: Applying ice to the affected area in 20-minute intervals can help reduce inflammation and numb the pain.
  • Compression: Wrapping the injured ankle with a bandage or compression sleeve can provide support and limit swelling.
  • Elevation: Elevating your ankle above heart level whenever possible can assist in reducing swelling.

Physical Therapy

Our team is filled with experts in designing rehabilitation programs tailored to your specific needs. They will guide you through a series of exercises aimed at improving ankle strength, flexibility, and stability. Through targeted movements and progressive training, you will regain your strength and confidence in your ankle’s capabilities.

Laser Therapy

We offer laser therapy as an advanced treatment option to expedite the healing process. This non-invasive procedure uses a combination of wavelengths to reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and promote tissue regeneration at a cellular level. Laser therapy is a painless and efficient way to enhance your body’s natural healing mechanisms.

For Severe Cases – Surgery

In instances where the ankle ligaments are severely damaged and conservative treatments are not providing the desired results, surgical intervention may be considered. Our skilled orthopedic surgeons specialize in ankle surgeries, including ligament repair and reconstruction. Rest assured, we will discuss all available options with you and collaborate to determine the best course of action for your situation.

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Leading Sports Injury Experts

The discomfort of an ankle sprain should never hold you back from enjoying your daily activities or pursuing your passions. At Premier Podiatry and Orthopedics, our dedicated team is committed to providing comprehensive care to help you bounce back stronger than before.

Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment and initiate your journey toward a full recovery. Whether you are an athlete aiming to return to the field or an individual seeking pain relief and functionality, we are here to support you every step of the way.

Your well-being is our top priority. Let Premier Podiatry and Orthopedics be your partner in overcoming ankle sprains and regaining the active lifestyle you cherish. Contact us today to embark on a path toward healing and renewed vitality.


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