Get Immediate Treatment for a Sprained Ankle

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Have you ever heard the old adage, “It’s better to break an ankle than to sprain one”? Good news! With prompt treatment from your podiatrist, that doesn’t have to be true. A sprained ankle is typically rather painful, but not all ankle pain is due to a sprain. Never diagnose your own injury. If your ankle hurts for more than 24 hours, especially following any sort of trauma to the area, a visit to your foot doctor is essential. With years of specialized training and experience, your podiatrist is the best-qualified medical professional to help you.

A sprained ankle – a painful overstretching or tearing of the ankle ligaments – is a common reason for patients to visit Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care.  Men, women, and children can easily injure an ankle during sports, but everyday activities such as slipping and falling can also be to blame. An old ankle injury that was not well-addressed at the time can result in chronic instability and repeated problems.

Doctors divide ankle sprains into grades 1 to 3 (1 is the least severe), depending on the severity of symptoms including:

  • stretching and tearing of the lateral ankle ligaments
  • joint instability
  • pain
  • swelling
  • bruising
  • impact on walking or running

Treatment of a sprained ankle can be separated into two responses: short-term first aid and long-term rehabilitation and strengthening.In many cases, the sooner that immediate response begins, the shorter and less intense long-term treatment will be. Initial treatment may include:

  • RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation)
  • over-the-counter and prescription medication for pain and swelling
  • crutches to keep weight off the injured area
  • immobilization of the joint with a cast or boot
  • surgery, but only in severe cases

Once your ankle begins to heal, physical therapy including strengthening and stretching exercises will probably be necessary. Your podiatrist may prescribe custom orthotics to provide increased stability when you’re wearing shoes.

If you’re worried that you have sprained your ankle or if you have any other concerns about the health and well-being of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, it’s time to visit the podiatrist. Call Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care at 443-872-7052 or click here to schedule a convenient appointment with Dr. Boris Abramov and Dr. Tatyana Abramova in our modern, comfortable Pikesville office. Our doctors will conduct a thorough examination resulting in a specific diagnosis, then work with you to create an effective an individualized plan for treatment and ongoing care.