Sprained Ankle

Center for Podiatric Medicine

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Chicago, IL, Schaumburg, IL, Elmhurst, IL & Highland, IN

Even though ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries runners suffer from, really anyone can struggle with a sprained ankle. Whether you had a misstep, slip and fall, sports injury, or another issue that led to your ankle injury, schedule an evaluation at the Center for Podiatric Medicine. With locations in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, Schaumburg, and Elmhurst, Illinois, and Highland, Indiana, you have a convenient office nearby. Book your exam online or call any location directly.

Sprained Ankle

How does a sprained ankle happen?

The joints and three primary bones of your ankle joint — the talus of your foot, as well as the tibia and fibula from your lower leg — all stay connected because of connective tissues, such as ligaments. Even though ligaments can easily stretch and allow you to move your foot in many directions, it’s possible to overstretch or even tear ligaments. An ankle sprain can occur when you:

  • Roll your ankle
  • Miss a step or fall down
  • Land incorrectly while jumping or running

Sprained ankles happen during athletic events, too, like if someone steps on your foot and you continue moving forward. Understanding the signs and symptoms of a sprained ankle and getting treatment right away can prevent long-term issues, such as ankle instability.

What are the symptoms of a sprained ankle?

Ankle sprains vary in severity, but one symptom is always common: Ankle pain. Depending on your specific injury, your ankle sprain may also lead to:

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Inflammation

It’s also common to feel like your ankle is going to give way when you walk on it, which is a clear sign of instability. Getting proper medical treatment early on is essential, but with a team of board-certified podiatrists from the Center for Podiatric Medicine on your side, you can expect to get relief from pain and experience a full recovery.

How is an ankle sprain treated?

Your ankle sprain treatment plan often begins with immobilization and pain relief, then transitions into building up strength and flexibility. To accomplish these things, your podiatrist may provide:

  • Rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE)
  • Bracing, splinting, or casting
  • Activity modifications
  • Physical therapy
  • Custom orthotic inserts
  • Extracorporeal pulse activation technology (EPAT)
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

The practice’s foot and ankle specialists also specialize in regenerative medicine, such as amniotic membrane injections, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and extracorporeal pulse activation technology (EPAT). These soft tissue treatments are designed to promote healing and relieve chronic inflammation after a severe ankle sprain.

Schedule your sprained ankle appointment at the Center for Podiatric Medicine today. Click on the online scheduler or call any office directly to speak with a team member.

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