Sprained ankles are among the most common injuries that affect people of all ages. Skilled podiatrist Ajitha Nair, DPM, MPH, treats ankle sprains for adults and children at her Bay Area practice, Propel Foot and Ankle in Oakland, California. If you or a loved one has suffered a sprained ankle, call or book an appointment online today.
Strong bands of tissue called ligaments support and stabilize your foot and ankle. When one or more of these ligaments stretch beyond their means or becomes torn, you have an ankle sprain.
Ankle sprains range from mild to severe depending on the amount of damage to the ligament. Grades of ankle sprains include:
All grades of ankle sprains require medical attention. Without proper treatment, a sprained ankle may heal improperly and lead to problems like chronic ankle instability.
Ankle sprains may result from twisting or rolling your ankle unexpectedly. This can occur during various situations, including:
People of all ages and activity levels get ankle sprains, but you may be at higher risk if you play sports.
Signs and symptoms of a sprained ankle vary depending on the severity of your injury, but may include:
Symptoms of an ankle sprain resemble those of other common sports injuries, like fractures. It’s important to get an accurate diagnosis from Dr. Nair so you can receive the proper treatment.
First, Dr. Nair carefully examines your foot, ankle, and lower leg and asks you to describe how the injury occurred. She evaluates your range of motion and checks for points of tenderness. She may also take an imaging test, like an X-ray or musculoskeletal ultrasound, to rule out a bone fracture and assess the damage to your ligaments.
Then, she develops an individualized treatment plan that may include:
If your ankle pain and symptoms persist despite treatment, Dr. Nair may recommend surgery.
For the highest quality care of ankle sprains, call Propel Foot and Ankle or book an appointment online today.