Ankle Sprain

Massachusetts & New Hampshire Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatry located in Somerville, MA & Londonderry, NH

It isn’t difficult to twist your ankle or bend it too far, so an ankle sprain is a common injury. It can also be highly painful and cause long-term damage if it isn’t treated properly, which is why you should visit Pasquale Cancelliere, DPM, at Massachusetts and New Hampshire Foot and Ankle Specialists. Dr. Cancelliere is a leading podiatrist who provides exceptional care for men, women, and children living in Sommerville, Massachusetts, and Londonderry, New Hampshire. For swift and effective treatment of your ankle sprain, call Massachusetts and New Hampshire Foot and Ankle Specialists today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.

Ankle Sprain Q & A

What is an ankle sprain?

An ankle sprain is an injury involving the ligaments in your ankle. Ligaments are tough connective tissues that join bones together in your joints. If the ligaments overstretch, it results in a sprain. Strains are similar injuries, but they affect tendons, which are the connective tissues that join muscles to bones.

It can be hard to tell the difference between a sprain, a strain, and a fracture, and it’s possible to damage bones, tendons, and ligaments simultaneously. It’s crucial to visit Massachusetts and New Hampshire Foot and Ankle Specialists for a proper diagnosis if you twist or turn your ankle painfully.

What are the symptoms of a sprained ankle?

Common sprained ankle symptoms include:

  • Pain, possibly severe
  • Difficulty bearing weight
  • Ankle is tender to touch
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Inability to circle the ankle
  • Ankle weakness

If you injure yourself and have these symptoms, using the correct first aid techniques can make a significant difference to your recovery.

What first aid should I use for sprained ankles?

The key to first aid for a sprained ankle is to follow the RICE method:

Rest

Keep weight off your ankle as far as you can.

Ice

Use ice packs, cold compresses, or even a bag of frozen peas to help reduce inflammation. Wrap the peas in a towel first to avoid burning your skin.

Compression

Use a pressure bandage around your ankle to give it support and minimize swelling.

Elevation

Raise your ankle above the level of your heart to help blood flow away from your ankle and avoid swelling.

Using the RICE first aid method can significantly reduce the severity of your ankle sprain.

What treatments are available for sprained ankles?

When you visit Massachusetts and New Hampshire Foot and Ankle Specialists, Dr. Cancelliere can assess the severity of your ankle sprain and prescribe the most appropriate treatment. Options include:

  • Crutches
  • Compression bandages
  • Ankle brace
  • Immobilization aids
  • Physical therapy
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Balancing exercises

Keeping the weight off your sprained ankle using crutches, a splint, a cast, or a brace gives your ankle a chance to heal. You might need to take pain-killing medication, but don’t be tempted to resume walking on the sprained ankle, or you could make the damage worse.

Prompt attention and expert rehabilitation should ensure your sprained ankle heals without any complications. However, if it’s severely sprained, your ankle might need surgery to repair the ligament. If the ligament ruptures completely, you need to undergo reconstruction surgery.

Failing to get the right treatment can cause you to have permanent weakness in your ankle, making you more likely to turn it or twist it and cause another sprain.

If you have a fresh ankle injury, or you’re still feeling the effects of an old ankle sprain, call Massachusetts and New Hampshire Foot and Ankle Specialists today, or book an appointment online.