Did you know that more than one million people visit the emergency room every year as the result of ankle sprains? At North Central Texas Foot & Ankle, in Decatur and Roanoke, Texas, the team regularly works with men, women, and children suffering from an ankle sprain. If you’re physically active and roll your ankle while playing sports, or otherwise, don’t hesitate to seek treatment. Make an appointment by calling the office nearest you or by clicking the online booking tool today.

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What is an ankle sprain?

If you twist, roll, or step down on your ankle in an awkward way, you might suffer an ankle sprain. This type of injury occurs when the ligaments––tough bands of fibrous tissue that surround your ankle joint––stretch and overextend. Ligaments help stabilize your joints, but when they’re forced beyond their normal range of motion, they develop small tears and become swollen and inflamed.

Minor ankle sprains don’t always require medical intervention. However, ankle sprains that affect your mobility or prevent you from placing weight on your affected foot may point to a more serious, underlying problem.

What are the symptoms of an ankle sprain?

The symptoms of an ankle sprain depend on the severity of your injury. However, common telltale signs to watch out for include:

  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Ankle instability
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Restricted range of motion

If you sprain your ankle, you might also notice a popping or clicking sound every time you rotate or twist your ankle.

When should I see a doctor regarding an ankle sprain?

If you twist your ankle while running or playing sports and you experience pain and swelling, make an appointment with the team at North Central Texas Foot & Ankle. You may benefit from self-care measures, but you should share your symptoms with the team to determine whether you need further treatment. If your symptoms get worse or become unbearable, you may have damage to a ligament or a broken bone.

How is an ankle sprain treated?

Treatment for ankle sprains depends on the severity of your injury. However, the team at North Central Texas Foot & Ankle usually recommends conservative, at-home measures of care.

If you have a minor sprain, your podiatrist might recommend rest, ice, compression, and elevation (the RICE protocol). If this treatment doesn’t provide adequate relief, you might benefit from splints and custom orthotics, physical therapy, or medical-grade supplements and prescription medications. If your sprain is severe and you break a bone, surgical intervention might be necessary.

Is there any way to prevent an ankle sprain?

Unfortunately, there’s no way to prevent an ankle sprain entirely. However, there are steps you can take to significantly lower your risk. The team at North Central Texas Foot & Ankle recommends warming up prior to exercise, maintaining good muscle strength and flexibility, and wearing comfortable shoes that fit your feet.

If you suspect you’ve sprained an ankle, make an appointment at North Central Texas Foot & Ankle today––call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool to begin.