When the temperatures hover around freezing slippery sidewalks and driveways can create the ideal conditions for twisting your ankle. Ankle sprains occur when the ligaments that surround the ankle bones are over-stretched or even torn due to a sudden, twisting force exerted on the ankle from a fall, injury or heavy blow. At Edmond Norman Foot & Ankle we want to let our patients know how important it is to seek treatment for an ankle sprain as soon as possible after it occurs. Ankle sprains have varying degrees of severity and too many times we see patients with long term ankle issues—chronic instability, pain, stiffness and repeated sprains—which could have been prevented had a previous sprain been completely rehabilitated in a timely manner.
The specific treatment for your ankle sprain will depend on how badly the ankle is sprained and if there are additional complications such as a fracture resulting from the same injury. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. A. Bil Buksh, will examine your ankle and ask questions about just how the injury occurred. It’s likely that x-rays and/or other imaging studies will be done as well to get a complete and accurate picture of the condition of your ankle.
Treatment for the sprain may include the following:
- Resting the ankle from all activity and weight bearing for some period of time
- Nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen to relieve pain
- Icing and elevating the ankle to reduce swelling
- Compression bandages to limit motion and provide support to the injured ankle
- Physical therapy and exercises to strengthen muscles that surround and support the ankle ligaments
In cases of severe sprains that involve ligament tears or extreme over-stretching, surgery may be necessary to repair the damage.
Regardless of the type of treatment you will receive, one of the most important factors in fast and complete recovery is starting the treatment as quickly as possible. If you have suffered an injury to your ankle, contact our Edmond or Norman office for an appointment immediately by calling: 405-285-7408.