Sprained Ankle

Up to two million Americans experience a sprained ankle each year. At The Frazier Foot and Ankle Center in Spring, Texas, experienced podiatrist Michael Frazier, DPM, offers high-quality care for sprained ankles. His knowledge and evidence-based treatment approach eliminates pain, promotes healing, and helps people quickly return to their favorite activities. Call The Frazier Foot and Ankle Center today to schedule treatment for a sprained ankle, or book your visit online.

What is a sprained ankle?

A sprained ankle occurs when you step down awkwardly or roll your ankle, causing your ankle ligaments to overextend and tear.

Most sprained ankles are minor, but seeking treatment is still essential. It prevents the injury from worsening and helps you return to activity sooner.

What are the symptoms of a sprained ankle?

Sprained ankle symptoms include:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Difficulty walking
  • Pain that worsens when putting weight on the ankle
  • Tenderness to the touch

Anyone can experience a sprained ankle, but they’re particularly common in runners, athletes, and other active people.

Will a sprained ankle heal on its own?

Most sprained ankles heal within a few days or weeks, but you should still visit The Frazier Foot and Ankle Center. After an exam and X-rays, your provider makes recommendations to relieve uncomfortable symptoms.

How does a podiatrist diagnose a sprained ankle?

The Frazier Foot and Ankle Center providers review your medical records and ask about your injury, including what you were doing when it occurred, what the pain feels like, and if it’s worse when standing or walking.

Next, your provider examines your ankle, checking for bruising, redness, and swelling. They assess your ankle’s range of motion and gently press on your ankle and the surrounding skin to pinpoint sensitive places. Your provider also orders X-rays to check your ankle joint and the surrounding bones for damage.

How does a podiatrist treat a sprained ankle?

The podiatrists at The Frazier Foot and Ankle Center treat sprained ankles using a conservative approach. They might suggest:

  • Wearing a splint or brace to protect your ankle while it heals
  • Limiting physical activities
  • Icing your ankle several times daily
  • Wrapping your ankle with a compression bandage to encourage healing
  • Elevating your ankle
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medication

Your podiatrist might recommend physical therapy if your ankle joint is unstable to help you regain muscle strength and mobility.

Can a sprained ankle be prevented?

There are several things you can do to prevent a sprained ankle. The Frazier Foot and Ankle Center recommends warming up before exercise, avoiding uneven surfaces when walking or running, and listening to your body. Stop exercising if your ankle hurts or feels unstable.