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How your podiatrists in Boise, ID, can help you with an ankle sprain
Ankle sprains are a common injury, especially if you are an active runner or participate in sports. However, anyone can experience an ankle sprain just from walking on uneven ground, stepping into a hole in the ground, or walking off of a curb on the way to work.
Fortunately, the podiatrists here at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates have a wide range of foot and ankle treatments, including those that can help with a sprained ankle. With several convenient office locations in Boise, Nampa/Caldwell, and Meridian, ID, read on to learn how we can help you!
Ankle sprain treatments
So, what should you do when you sprain your ankle? The idea is to keep the swelling down and relieve pain. You can:
- Place ice packs on your ankle several times each day
- Elevate your ankle and try to keep your weight off of it
- Wrap your ankle in compression bandages to support it
- Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
In the event that ankle sprain pain doesn't go away, your podiatrist can evaluate the issue and help you find relief. When you visit the podiatrists at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates, they may recommend:
- Using crutches when you walk to take the stress off of your ankle
- Wearing a walking boot, splint, or cast to support your ankle so it can heal
- Physical therapy and stretching exercises to maintain strength and flexibility
- Taking prescription-strength anti-inflammatory and pain medication.
Need relief? Give us a call
You don’t have to suffer from an ankle sprain when help and relief are just a phone call away. To learn more about treating ankle sprains and other podiatry services, call the podiatrists here at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates with offices in Boise, Nampa/Caldwell, and Meridian, Idaho. Call today:
- (208) 327-0627 - Boise
- (208) 463-1660 - Nampa/Caldwell
- (208) 888-9876 - Meridian
One wrong step and you could just end up dealing with a sprained ankle. A sprain occurs when the ankle suddenly rolls inwards or outwards, which jolts the ankle joint out of place and also overstretches (and perhaps even tears) the ligaments and tendons of the ankles. These tendons also provide the feet with support. It’s important to understand how to best care for a sprained ankle and when you should see a podiatrist for care.
You could be dealing with an ankle sprain if you experience:
- Ankle pain
- Limited range of motion
- Trouble putting weight on the ankle
If you suspect that you have sprained your ankle it’s important to call your podiatrist right away. A foot doctor will be able to discuss your symptoms with you and then determine whether you should come in for an immediate evaluation. A doctor will also provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan that will promote a fast and complete recovery.
There are different degrees of a sprain and the way your podiatrist recommends treating the injury will depend on its severity and the symptoms you are experiencing. Mild sprains can often be managed with simple home treatment. This includes resting and staying off the ankle as much as possible as well as:
- Bandaging or wrapping the ankle
- Wearing an ankle braces
- Using crutches (for more serious sprains)
- Elevating your ankle to reduce swelling
- Stretching and strengthening exercises
- Taking pain relievers like ibuprofen to reduce pain and swelling
- Not putting weight on the ankle
- Icing the ankle 20-30 minutes, 3-4 times a day (for the first 48 hours after injury)
It can take up to 10 days for a mild sprain to heal, while more severe sprains can take several weeks. When you come into the office for an evaluation, your podiatrist will also discuss how long you should stay off the ankle and avoid certain activities.
It is rare for a sprained ankle to require surgery; however, if there is significant damage to the ligaments that could lead to long-term instability and other issues, or if your symptoms do not improve with home care, then your foot and ankle doctor may recommend surgery to repair the torn ligament.
With proper and prompt care an ankle sprain should heal completely and not require additional treatment; however, the minute you experience symptoms of a sprained ankle or ankle injury you should see your podiatrist as soon as possible.