What is a Sprained Ankle?
A sprained ankle, also known as an ankle sprain, occurs when the ligaments that hold ankle bones together are stretched or torn. When ankle ligaments are pushed beyond the normal range of motion, a sprain occurs.
Causes of a Sprained Ankle
While there are many potential causes of a sprained ankle, ankle sprain causes include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Falling and twisting the ankle,
- Landing awkwardly after jumping or moving the foot,
- Walking on an uneven surface,
- Something falling on the foot,
- Sports injuries
Sprained Ankle Symptoms
Symptoms of a sprained ankle include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Ankle pain
- Ankle tenderness
- Ankle swelling
- Bruising on or near the ankle
- Limited range of motion
- Ankle instability
- Hearing or feeling a pop when the injury occurs
As a sprained ankle risks getting worse, it's important to see a doctor if you or a loved one have sprained ankle symptoms.
Diagnosing and Treating a Sprained Ankle
The SOS team of ankle doctors and ankle surgeons have the experience and state-of-the-art technology to diagnose and treat a sprained ankle.
In addition to being able to diagnose a sprained ankle, the SOS team provides total orthopedic care for a sprained ankle.
Sprained ankle treatment options include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Rest, applying ice, compressing the ankle with an elastic bandage and elevating the ankle
- Pain relief medications
- Physical therapy
- Surgery, if necessary
The SOS team prioritizes conservative treatment for a sprained ankle. An SOS ankle doctor can create a comprehensive care plan that's personalized to you or your loved one's health needs.
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