Advanced Foot & Ankle Institute of Georgia

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Sprained Ankle Marietta, GA

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Lateral Ankle Sprain

An Ankle sprain can result from tripping or slipping while walking, jumping, or exercising. Ankle sprains occur as a result of the stretching or tearing of the outer ankle ligaments. The outer ankle ligaments are generally not as strong as the inner ankle ligaments. Certain positioning of the ankle joint can cause the outer ankle ligaments to stretch and tear partially or completely during an accident or fall. The sprain may or may not involve bruises and swelling of the outer ankle and foot. Proper evaluation of the ankle sprain is needed so as not to miss serious complications such as nerve impingement or an ankle fracture, which could then result in prolonged recovery or  chronic lateral ankle pain.

Your Treatment With Us

Your evaluation here at Advanced Foot & Ankle Institute of Georgia will involve an accurate history assessment and a physical, as well as digital X-rays of your ankle to ensure that no fractures have occurred. Occasionally, an ultrasound of the ankle joint and surrounding ligaments and tendons may be performed to further assist in your diagnosis. The course of your treatment will depend on the type of ankle sprain and the severity of associated injuries. Throughout your treatment, we will be with you every step of the way. Treatment of a sprained ankle involves resting the injured ligament so that it can heal properly. This may be achieved using an ankle brace and elastic compression wrap to reduce swelling. Applying ice to the injured ankle while elevating it may also help to reduce the extent of swelling and pain. Anti-inflammatory medications can also help reduce pain and swelling of the sprained ankle.

Rehabilitation

Effective treatment of lateral ankle sprains also involves physical therapy for the injured ankle over a reasonable period of time. Strengthening of the outer ankle ligaments and tendons, and other modalities may also be employed in your rehabilitation. Foot deformities such as supinated type or high-arched foot with inward tilting of the heel may render the ankle prone to being sprained. Depending on your foot structure, your feet might also be fitted for fabrication of custom orthotics or other bracing devices with appropriate modifications to reduce the risk of further injury to the ankle.

Prognosis

With proper treatment, ankle surgery may be avoided. However, in the event that the injury remains chronic with continued pain, performing surgical repair of the ligaments and stabilization of the ankle may be required. If you or someone you know has sustained an ankle sprain, please call us or book an appointment online for an evaluation.

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If you or someone you know has sustained an ankle sprain, you are encouraged to call us or book an appointment online for evaluation of the ankle pain.

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