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Ankle Sprain Specialist

Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists, PLLC

Podiatry located in Mesquite, TX, Rockwall, TX, Wylie, TX, Forney, TX & Kaufman, TX

Caused by a ligament tear or overstretching tissue, an ankle sprain can lead to unbearable pain and tenderness, as well as ankle instability. If you suffered from an ankle sprain, contact Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists, PLLC, which has locations in Mesquite, Rockwall, Wylie, Forney, and Kaufman, Texas, for an evaluation. The leading podiatry team provides customized ankle sprain treatment plans designed to provide relief and help you rebuild your joint strength. Get started on your ankle sprain treatment by booking an exam through the website or by calling the clinic nearest you directly.

Ankle Sprain Q & A

Why do ankle sprains occur?

Bound by fibrous ligaments that stretch and absorb shock, your ankle joint can rotate in nearly every direction. But too much rotation or a sudden twisting motion can damage your ankle ligaments. This is an ankle sprain.

Most ankle sprains affect the ligaments on the outside of your ankle, although you can certainly injure any of your ligaments due to:

  • Direct blow to your ankle
  • Tripping or falling down stairs
  • Wearing ill-fitting, unsupportive shoes
  • Walking or running on any uneven surface (like hills)

For some, ankle sprains occur because of inherited weak ankle joints and connective tissues. Ankle sprains are also more likely to occur if you had a previous foot or ankle injury, especially if it didn’t heal right. 

When should I see a podiatrist for an ankle sprain?

Ankle sprains vary in severity, from a minor overstretching to a complex tear. In any case, without proper treatment, your ankle can become permanently sore and unstable. 

To ensure you get a proper diagnosis, rule out an ankle fracture, and get started on the right treatment, the podiatrists at Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists encourage you to come in if you have:

  • Stiffness 
  • Tenderness
  • Bruising or redness
  • Difficulty walking or balancing

Ankle sprain symptoms may worsen for a few days, especially if you continue to put weight on your ankle. Even if your symptoms seem mild now after an ankle twist or fall, schedule an evaluation to prevent further issues. 

How does a podiatrist treat an ankle sprain?

To diagnose your ankle injury, your podiatrist obtains a thorough history of your symptoms and physically examines your foot. They may also gather a digital X-ray or diagnostic ultrasound right in the office. 

Depending on the severity of your ankle sprain, your treatment plan from Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists can include:

  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE therapy)
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Ankle brace, wrap, or tape
  • Early physical therapy
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Walking boot

Ankle sprain surgery may be necessary if you have serious ankle instability issues, often due to weak or damaged ligaments. In this case, your podiatrist at Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists can surgically graft and repair your ligaments to restore your normal ankle functions and lower your risk of re-injury. 

Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists, PLLC provides integrative ankle sprain treatments for all grades of sprains. Start your treatment by booking an exam online or over the phone today.