Ankle Sprain

Apple Podiatry Group

Podiatrists located in Arlington, TX & Irving, TX

Ankle sprains are the most common musculoskeletal injury reported to primary care physicians, making up about one-third of all sports injuries. Since an ankle sprain can lead to chronic ankle instability, Jarna Rathod-Bhatt, DPM, and Rahul Bhatt, DPM, of Apple Podiatry Group provide comprehensive ankle sprain treatments. Click the online scheduler to book your ankle sprain evaluation or call the Arlington or Irving, Texas, clinic.

Ankle Sprain Q & A

What causes an ankle sprain?

Being diagnosed with an ankle sprain means that the ligaments that bind your ankle joint together are either overstretched or torn.

Even though ankle sprains are one of the leading types of sports injuries, you don’t have to be an athlete to sprain your ankle. Some of the most common causes of ankle sprains include:

  • Trips and falls
  • Misstepping on a flight of stairs
  • Exercising on an uneven surface
  • Landing incorrectly while running, walking, or jumping

Your risk of suffering from an ankle sprain is even higher if you had one in the past and never had it properly treated.

When should I see a podiatrist for an ankle sprain?

Since ankle sprains can be serious and commonly lead to agonizing pain, the leading podiatrists at Apple Podiatry Group want to evaluate you as soon as your injury occurs. It’s important to schedule an ankle sprain exam if your ankle is:

  • Swollen
  • Tender
  • Bruised
  • Unstable

You should also see a dedicated podiatrist right away if you have difficulty bearing weight on your affected ankle. This could be a sign of a severe sprain or even an ankle fracture.

Do I need treatment for an ankle sprain?

Yes. Without proper treatment early on, an ankle sprain leads to chronic pain and instability. At Apple Podiatry Group, your dedicated podiatrist examines your ankle and talks with you about how the injury occurred.

After gathering any necessary X-ray or ultrasound images right in the office, you get started on treatment. Most ankle-sprain treatment plans include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE)
  • Bracing, casting, or splinting

As your ankle heals and swelling subsides, your podiatrist gets you started on balance training and flexibility exercises. They may also schedule you for physical therapy.

In severe cases where you have a torn ligament in your ankle, you may need surgery to repair the injury and restore ankle stability.

No matter which treatment is right for you, the expert podiatrists at Apple Podiatry Group care for you every step of the way to ensure you have a full recovery from your ankle sprain.

The foot and ankle experts at Apple Podiatry Group provide comprehensive ankle sprain treatments to restore ankle function. Book your ankle sprain exam online or over the phone.