Posts for tag: ankle sprain

By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando
July 12, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: ankle pain   ankle sprain  

Sprained AnkleHave you ever sprained your ankle? At some point in your life, you probably have because it's one of most common lower extremity injuries Americans experience. Usually mild and what doctors call "self-limiting," this overstretching of connective tissue on the outside of the ankle can be serious. Your podiatrists, Dr. Timothy Mason and Dr. Jason Hancock, at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando in Orlando and Oviedo, FL, urge you to know the signs of ankle sprains and what you should do it one happens to you.

You and your ankles

You and your ankles function together every day--walking, running, exercising, going up and down stairs. Made up of the tibia, fibula and talus bones and also fibrous ligaments and tendons composed of collagen, your ankles are strong. However, like any jointed part of your body, they are subject to injury from outside stressors.

For ankles, the more injurious of stressors is sudden sideways, twisting movement. That's why so many runners, dancers, and basketball players suffer ankle sprains. However, simply walking quickly down an uneven surface, such as a lawn, or stepping off a curb can sprain an ankle.

When you sprain an ankle, your ligaments and tendons, especially those on the outer aspect of the ankle, overstretch or even tear depending on the severity of the injury. When this happens, various symptoms show up and they should not be ignored. While most sprains heal well by themselves, some lead to chronic ankle instability and immobility. Your podiatrists in Orlando and Oviedo are fully qualified ankle surgeons and can tell if your ankle needs a surgical intervention of if less invasive remedies would suffice.

Signs you sprained your ankle

American Family Physician reports that 2 million Americans sprain their ankles each year. Commonplace signs of ankle sprains include:

  • Noticeable swelling and stiffness
  • Pain
  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Tenderness to touch

Because major ankle ligaments stabilize the foot and leg when you stand, walk, and run, any injury to them limits the range of motion in the ankle and the ability to bear weight on the affected limb.

Treating ankle sprains

After an examination and X-rays at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando, Dr. Mason or Dr. Hancock will outline an at-home treatment plan to allow your ankle to fully heal over the next several weeks. It can include:

  • Over-the-counter analgesics for pain
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression with an elastic bandage
  • Elevation above the level of the heart
  • Stretching exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Support with a walking cast and/or crutches for more severe injuries

In addition, your podiatrist will want you to strengthen your ankles with conditioning exercises. Many people sprain their ankles because they are not physically active and therefore, more prone to injury.

Contact us

If you suspect you've sprained an ankle, call Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando in Orlando and Oviedo, FL, right away for advice and a same-day appointment as needed. Phone (407) 365-9511 to speak to a friendly team member.

By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando
May 31, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: ankle sprain  

Could that pain in your ankle be a sprain? Dr. Timothy Mason of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando in Oviedo and Orlando, FL, shares ankle sprainsigns and symptoms of ankle sprains and explains what you can do to ease your pain.

Sprained ankle signs and symptoms

You may have a sprained ankle if you notice any of these symptoms:

  • Pain: Depending on the severity of a sprain, pain may be constant or intermittent and will probably become worse when you attempt to stand or walk. You may also experience pain if you simply press on your ankle.
  • Difficulty Moving Your Ankle: Because sprains stretch or tear the ligaments that connect the bones in your joint, it's not surprising that you may notice decreased range of motion after an ankle sprain. If the sprain is severe, you may not be able to walk easily.
  • Swelling and Bruising: Swelling can occur fairly soon after you hurt your ankle. You may also notice bruising.
  • Popping: At the moment you experience your ankle injury, you may hear a popping or snapping sound.

Sprained ankle treatment

Resting your ankle is one of the most important and easiest things you can do to promote healing. Avoid unnecessary walking for at least the first few days after your injury. Keep your ankle elevated at home and at work, if possible. Reduce swelling and pain by applying ice to your ankle four times per day for no longer than 15 or 20 minutes at a time. Wrapping your ankle with a compression bandage will also reduce swelling. In many cases, you're ankle will feel much better in a week or two.

If you have severe pain, or you continue to experience pain or difficulty walking after caring for your ankle at home, it's a good idea to make an appointment at our Orlando or Oviedo offices. Depending on the extent of your sprain, you may benefit from a boot or brace and crutches. Physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around your ankle may also be helpful. If your ankle has become unstable, you may need surgery.

Not sure if your pain is caused by a sprain or other condition? Call Dr. Mason of Foot & Ankle Specialists at (407) 365-9511 to make an appointment in the Orlando or Oviedo offices.