A sprained ankle is an unfortunate, painful situation which many people experience at some point in their lives. However, treating your sprained ankle does not have to mean a long and uncomfortable recovery with help from your podiatrist. Find out more about sprained ankles and how your foot doctor can help treat your condition with Dr. Gary Rogers at North Shore Podiatry in Wilmette, IL.
What is a sprained ankle?
While a broken bone affects the bone itself, a sprain affects the soft tissues around the bone. A sprain occurs when a tendon becomes irritated or injured, causing swelling and pain. A sprain often occurs due to the tendon over-stretching or becoming torn. Though strains can affect any tendon, they most commonly affect the ankles. The symptoms of a sprain include pain, swelling, bruising, and decreased range of motion and mobility in the affected area.
Is my ankle sprained or broken?
Though sprains and breaks have similar symptoms, there are some tell-tale signs that your ankle is sprained, not broken. A broken bone will not allow you to put any weight whatsoever on the affected foot. If you can put some weight on the foot or are able to limp, you probably have a sprain. Additionally, if the pain and swelling are concentrated over the ankle bone itself, it may be a break. If the pain radiates from the soft tissues around the joint, it is likely to be a sprain. A break will not get better with rest and ice, but a sprain will begin to feel better with proper care.
Sprained Ankle Treatments in Wilmette, IL
Your foot doctor will need to use imaging techniques like x-rays to rule out a broken bone and diagnose your sprain. Sprained ankle treatments begin conservatively with the RICE method. Rest, ice, compression, and elevation are often enough to treat a sprained ankle. However, if this method fails to produce results or you have recurring sprains in a short period of time, your doctor may suggest more invasive treatments or even surgery.
For more information on sprained ankles, please contact Dr. Rogers at North Shore Podiatry in Wilmette, IL. Call (847) 256-4434 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Rogers today!