Understanding and Managing Sprained Ankles


Sprained ankles can happen to anyone, from the most active to the least active of us. Whether you’re an athlete, an active person, or just someone who wants to learn about sprains, read on to learn about sprained ankles, their causes and symptoms, and what to expect in terms of treatment and rehabilitation.

What Causes Sprained Ankles?

Sprained ankles occur when the ligaments that support the ankle become over-stretched or torn. This can happen during activities involving sudden stops, changes in direction, or uneven surfaces. Athletes, dancers, and other individuals engaged in high-impact activities are at an increased risk of ankle sprains. It is important to understand the causes the causes of sprains so that you can take preventative measures and make informed decisions.

Recognizing the Symptoms of a Sprained Ankle

Getting your sprained ankle diagnosed is important for prompt and effective treatment. However, because symptoms of a sprain are similar to symptoms of other types of ankle injuries, it can be difficult to know when to visit the doctor. Pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected ankle are all signs that you should be evaluated by a medical professional. The orthopedic experts at OrthoSouth can diagnose and develop personalized treatment plans based on the severity and type of ankle sprain you have.

Diagnosing Sprained Ankles

Accurate diagnosis is key to developing an effective treatment plan. At OrthoSouth, our experienced orthopedic specialists employ state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and techniques, such as X-rays and MRI scans, to assess the extent of ligament damage and determine the appropriate course of action.

Treatment Options for Sprained Ankles

OrthoSouth offers a range of evidence-based treatment options for sprained ankles, tailored to your individual needs. From conservative approaches like rest, ice, compression, and elevation (R.I.C.E.) to physical therapy and, in severe cases, surgical intervention, our orthopedic team is dedicated to restoring your ankle’s function and mobility.

Rehabilitation and Prevention Strategies

Recovery from a sprained ankle doesn’t end with treatment; rehabilitation is important for preventing future injuries. OrthoSouth offers physical therapy and rehabilitation in-house, with experienced therapists who will help you exercise and strengthen your ankle, improve flexibility, and enhance proprioception. Additionally, our physical therapists can offer valuable insights on how to reduce the risk of recurring ankle sprains.

At OrthoSouth, our goal is to enhance your patient experience anytime you are in need of our services. If you or someone you know is dealing with a sprained ankle, our experienced team is here to provide expert care and support through the entire recovery process.

Learn more about our foot and ankle team here, and contact us today for a consultation tailored to your specific needs.