Find out if the symptoms you are experiencing could be due to a sprained ankle.
You are running down the field. You have the ball in your hand and you are bolting towards the goal line. The only issue is that one opponent that you didn’t see coming. He tackles you to the ground. Once you get your bearings and brush yourself off, you realize that something just isn’t right with your ankle. Our Silver Spring, Olney, Clinton and Kensington, MD, podiatrists offer up some classic signs of a sprained ankle.
Am I experiencing symptoms of a sprained ankle?
In most cases, you will notice immediate pain, swelling and even bruising after your injury. If you try to touch the injured region it may also be pretty tender and sore. You may also find it painful to walk or move the ankle.
If you heard an audible pop or snap in the ankle at impact, then you may be dealing with a tear or severe sprain. If this is the case, your pain may be pretty serious and you probably won’t be able to walk on the foot. If your symptoms are severe, this likely means that the problem is severe, too.
How to treat a sprained ankle?
Before you diagnose yourself and start treating your symptoms, it’s important that you visit a professional like our Kensington foot doctor, who can run a series of diagnostic and imaging tests to ensure that you are only dealing with a sprained ankle and not dealing with broken bones or torn muscles or ligaments.
Once we’ve determined that you have a sprained ankle, a lot of people can follow the RICE method to help manage their symptoms until their ankle heals. As you may already know, RICE stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation. Try to rest and stay off your ankle as much as possible. If your sprain is severe enough, we may have you use crutches to get around.
You will also want to reduce swelling and pain by icing the ankle for up to 20 minutes at a time every couple of hours for the first three days after your injury. Elevating the affected foot above your heart for several hours a day is also another way to help reduce bruising and swelling.
We may also offer you a series of rehab exercises meant to stretch and strengthen the muscles and tendon within the foot to help better stabilize you and improve coordination and balance as you heal.
If you think you’ve sprained your ankle, the most important thing is to turn to doctors that you can trust for immediate foot care. Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Silver Spring, Olney, Clinton and Kensington, MD is here for you. Call us today!