Sprained Ankle

Foot, Ankle, & Leg Vein Center

Foot Doctors, Foot & Ankle Surgery & Vein Care located in Boca Raton, FL & Boynton, FL

A seemingly minor ankle sprain can lead to a lifetime of ankle instability and a higher risk of re-injury if you don’t have it properly treated. With the help of expert podiatrists Jason Gold, DPM, and Jodi Schoenhaus, DPM, FACFAS, of Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center, you can get comprehensive sprained ankle care in Boca Raton and Boynton, Florida. Book your sprained ankle evaluation as soon as your injury occurs either online or over the phone.

Sprained Ankle Q & A

What causes a sprained ankle?

A sprained ankle means that the connective ligaments in your ankle joint are either overstretched or torn (or both). You can sprain your ankle while:

  • Misstepping while walking or going downstairs
  • Training on hills or other uneven surfaces
  • Someone steps on your foot during a sporting event
  • Participating in activities that require sudden stops and twists, like basketball or soccer

You might also be more prone to developing sprained ankles because of having naturally weaker connective tissues, or because you’ve sprained your ankle in the past.

When should I see a doctor for a sprained ankle?

If you roll, twist, or otherwise injure your ankle, schedule an evaluation at Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center right away. The sooner your dedicated podiatrist, Dr. Gold or Dr. Schoenhaus, intervene, the more they can do to minimize ongoing discomfort and help your ankle heal properly. It’s especially important to have a sprained ankle exam if you experience:

  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Bruising
  • Inflammation
  • Ankle instability

Dr. Gold and Dr. Schoenhaus also recommend coming in right away if you’re having difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot and ankle. This could be a sign of a ligament rupture or even a bone fracture.

How is a sprained ankle treated?

You receive a personalized sprained ankle treatment plan at Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center based on the severity of your injury. Usually, it’s best to combine several different treatment options when treating a sprained ankle, such as:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Bracing, casting, or splinting
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Compression wrapping
  • Activity modifications
  • Balance training
  • Physical therapy

If your sprained ankle is continuing to cause discomfort, or if it’s severely injured, Dr. Gold or Dr. Schoenhaus may recommend foot and ankle surgery. Sprained ankle surgery, which is minimally invasive, involves reinforcing your ligaments, often with innovative FiberWire® or GRAFTJACKET™ supports, so you don’t have to sacrifice a tendon for a graft.

In any case, no matter which sprained ankle treatment may be right for your diagnosis you can expect personalized care at Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center.

If you have a sprained ankle, visit with the dedicated podiatrists at Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center to get started on treatment. Click on the online scheduler or call either location directly.