Did I Sprain my Ankle?
- Posted on: Dec 15 2017
At some point, most people will twist their ankle. An ankle sprain is very different and can range from minor to serious. If your ankle feels pain when you move it and becomes swollen, it is likely a sprain. A sprain is when you have torn or stretched the ligaments in your ankle too far. If an ankle sprain is left uncared for, you can develop long-term problems like joint pain and weakness.
Symptoms of an ankle sprain
If you sprained your ankle, you would most likely feel immediate pain. Next, your ankle will begin to swell and might bruise. It will feel tender to the touch and will hurt if you move it. In severe sprains, you might hear a pop or snap or even feel a tear. The more intense your initial pain, the more severe your sprain is and will likely take longer to heal.
I sprained my ankle, now what?
Your doctor will first need to diagnose your ankle injury to determine if it is indeed a sprain. In certain cases, you may have x-rays done to determine the extent of the damage. After that, your doctor will prescribe a treatment plan. This plan will likely include elements of the RICE approach:
- Rest: Pressure should not be put on your ankle. Instead, crutches are used until the pain recedes.
- Ice: You will need to ice the sprain for up to 72 hours after the injury occurred, or until the swelling goes down. Apply an ice pack for 20 minutes every hour or so. Firmly press the ice pack against the curves of the injured area.
- Compression: a compression wrap or ACE bandage will assist to decrease swelling. You will need to wear one for the first day or so.
- Elevation: be sure to raise your ankle above the level of your heart. This will help diminish bruising and swelling.
Schedule a consultation
If you think you have an ankle injury, don’t hesitate to call the Foot & Ankle Specialty Group today. For more information about Ankle Sprains, or to schedule an appointment, please complete our online form or call 310.651.2366
Posted in: Ankle Pain and Treatment