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Sprained Ankle Specialist

Miklos Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists located in Garfield Ridge, Chicago, IL

Ankle sprains are common injuries that affect people of all ages. Accurate diagnosis and early treatment from the podiatry team at Miklos Foot and Ankle Specialists in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood of Chicago can get you back to your favorite activities as quickly as possible. If you think you have a sprained ankle, call or book an appointment online today.

Sprained Ankle Q & A

What is a sprained ankle?

A sprained ankle is one of the most common sports and running injuries. This condition involves damage to one or more of the thick bands of tissue (ligaments) that bind the bones of your ankle joint.

Ankle sprains range in severity from mild to severe. The severity of a sprained ankle depends on whether the ligament is stretched, partially torn, or completely torn.

How does an ankle sprain occur?

An ankle sprain happens when the ligaments that support and stabilize your ankle joint become stretched or torn. You can stretch or tear these ligaments during various activities, such as:

  • Running or walking on an uneven surface, like a rocky trail
  • Playing sports that involve rapid changes in direction, such as soccer
  • Having another person step on your foot or ankle during sports
  • Falling in a way that twists or rolls your ankle
  • Landing improperly from a jump

Wearing shoes that don’t fit properly or are inappropriate for a particular activity, such as running, can also make your ankles more prone to injuries.

What are symptoms of a sprained ankle?

Signs and symptoms of a sprained ankle vary depending on the severity of the sprain. Common symptoms of an ankle sprain include:

  • Pain in the injured foot
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Tenderness to the touch

Severe ligament tears may cause a popping sound or sensation at the time of injury. If this happens, you should seek medical care immediately.

How are ankle sprains diagnosed and treated?

To diagnose an ankle sprain, your doctor at Miklos Foot and Ankle Specialists carefully examines your foot, ankle, and lower leg. They gently touch the skin around your injury to check for areas of tenderness and move your ankle to evaluate the range of motion.

They may also take imaging tests, such as an X-ray or MRI, to rule out fractures and view the structures of your ankle.

Then, they recommend the best course of treatment for your specific type of ankle sprain. Treatment typically begins with physical therapy to reduce pain and inflammation while strengthening your muscles.

Other treatments for ankle sprains include:

  • Electrical nerve stimulation
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Wearing an ankle brace or air cast

If your ankle sprain is severe, the team at Miklos Foot and Ankle Specialists may recommend surgery, such as minimally invasive ankle arthroscopy to repair and stabilize the ligaments.  

For accurate diagnosis and timely treatment of ankle sprains, call Miklos Foot and Ankle Specialists or book an appointment online today.

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