ANKLE SPRAIN Nashville TN
Recently twisted your ankle? Recent fall or injury? The ligaments on the outside of the ankle are injured in most sprained ankles. When the ligaments are pushed past their natural range of motion, you have a sprained ankle. A sprained ankle, or any foot and ankle pain, should be immediately evaluated and treated by a podiatrist.
If you can’t walk after an injury and your swelling and pain haven’t changed or have become worse 24-48 hours after the sprain happened, you should see a podiatrist for a severe sprain evaluation.
Early diagnosis is important, and an ankle sprain or injury should not be left untreated. A podiatrist has a full treatment plan to reduce swelling and pain, and provides the best possible care to help you find relief.
A patient came in complaining about foot pain after coming home from an intense soccer game. He said he may have twisted his ankle after scoring a goal. He decided to see a podiatrist after feeling some leg tenderness, pain and swelling. Soon, he’ll be back to scoring more goals in no time.
Potential Complications From An Ankle Sprain:
1. While an ankle or foot fracture may be related to ankle injuries, ankle sprains are frequently misdiagnosed as fractures. If an ankle fracture occurs, it must be treated conservatively with a boot, cast, and sometimes crutches if the patient cannot bear weight on their leg. In severe cases, the patient may even require surgery.
2. If ankle sprains are not appropriately treated, they can result in persistent ankle instability, weakness when walking or jogging, and may lead to frequent and severe ankle sprains.
3. Early physical treatment is crucial for damaged ligaments to heal properly. Usually, the ligaments can heal with non surgical treatment.
4. Surgery to repair the ligaments may be necessary if they are damaged or ruptured.
Experiencing Foot and Ankle Pain?
Although self-care techniques and over-the-counter painkillers may help, a medical examination should be done to identify how severely your ankle has been sprained and to choose the best treatment for you. The severity of the ankle injury determines the course of treatment for the affected ankle.
If you experience pain in your ankles or lower extremity areas, the pain may be coming from:
• The Ankle Joint
• Achilles Tendon Injuries
• Damaged or Torn Ligaments
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Weak Ankle Conditions
• Sprained Ankles
• Sports Injuries
Why Do People Injure Their Foot and Ankle Joints So Often?
You’re not the only one who has this situation. It’s among the most prevalent orthopedic foot issues in adults. Many people become more prone to foot and ankle injuries as they get older and subject their feet and ankles to repetitive stress.
Some of the most typical causes of ankle injuries are stumbling, tripping, falling, running or walking on an uneven surface, and sudden occurrences like being involved in a vehicle accident or falling off a ladder.
Acute injuries include those that develop quickly, such as an Achilles tendon rupture, a foot fracture, or a severe ankle sprain. Pain might extend from your toes all the way up through your lower thigh.
Depending on the severity of the condition, some options to treat Ankle Injuries or Plantar Fasciitis are rest, an ice pack, and stretching exercises. However, other cases may require anti-inflammatory medicine to reduce swelling, and the use of a heel pad or walking boot, or possibly surgery.
We Specialize in Foot and Ankle Injuries and Wounds
You should never ignore pain in your ankles and feet. If you feel any discomfort or swelling, don’t hesitate to get help. It’s time to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist if you’re experiencing pain in your ankles or feet. Our Nashville-based clinics offer patients with painful foot and ankle conditions the comprehensive care and physical therapy they need to treat their symptoms.
Please make an appointment today at one of our four Nashville locations by clicking here:
https://www.cefootandankle.com/book-an-appointment/ or call 615-866-9639