Our Waxahachie Foot Specialists Are Ankle Sprain Experts
Expert Waxahachie Ankle Sprain Care
Approximately 25,000 people sprain their ankle each day in the United States. It is by far the most common sports injury. Even though this is such a common occurrence, studies have suggested that almost 40% of ankle sprains are misdiagnosed and can lead to long-term pain and disability.
The foot specialists at the Waxahachie location of Family Foot & Ankle Centers are experts in ankle sprains. Your Waxahachie podiatry location is equipped with the most advanced diagnostic imaging studies available anywhere in the nation.
Accurate diagnosis is critical to decrease the risk of this disabling complication. If you have injured your ankle, trust your care to the expert podiatrists at Family Foot & Ankle Centers.
What are the Symptoms of an Ankle Sprain?
A sprained ankle is painful. Other symptoms may include:
- Tenderness to touch
- Instability of the ankle
Our podiatrists use advanced digital imaging to tell whether you have a sprain or whether you have broken a bone in your ankle. If your foot swells, looks deformed, or cannot bear weight after an injury, call Family Foot & Ankle Centers right away. We will prioritize your care with a same-day or next-day appointment.
How is an Ankle Sprain Treated?
At Family Foot & Ankle Centers, treatment begins with a thorough examination to obtain an accurate diagnosis. This may include advanced imaging studies such as on site digital x-rays and digital ultrasound.
Treatment will vary depending on the severity of the ankle sprain. Initial treatment begins with rest, ice, compression, and elevation. This is commonly referred to as R.I.C.E.
Rest– As soon as the injury occurs, it is important to get the pressure off of the ankle. Avoid prolonged walking or strenuous exercise. This is especially important the first few days after an injury.
Ice– icing the affected area for the 1st few days is extremely important. Protect the skin with a towel and apply ice 20 minutes every 2 hours. This reduces pain and swelling and will lead to a faster recovery.
Compression– An Ace bandage helps control swelling and offers the ankle some stability.
Elevation–The 1st week after an ankle sprain it is extremely important to keep the foot elevated above the level of the heart as much as possible. This reduces swelling and enables a faster recovery.
Your Waxahachie podiatrist may recommend immobilizing the ankle depending on the severity of the injury. Immobilization is obtained using a prescription ankle stirrup or possibly an ankle sprain boot. Both have been proven extremely effective in allowing a quicker return to activity. Your foot specialist will also provide you with ankle range of motion exercises to help maintain ankle strength and mobility. A comprehensive rehabilitation program is critical to avoid long-term pain and disability. It is also important in decreasing the risk of re-injury.
At Family Foot & Ankle Centers, surgery is rarely necessary for ankle sprains and most can be effectively treated conservatively. In the rare instance where surgery is needed, your Waxahachie podiatrists are experts in ankle stability procedures.
Clinic here for an illustration of exercises to help strengthen the ankle ligaments and muscles after an ankle sprain.
Get Expert Treatment for Sprains in Waxahachie, TX, Today!
If you’ve sprained your ankle, schedule an appointment today by calling us at 972-597-4132 or by clicking here to use our convenient online form. During your appointment, our team will be happy to answer all your questions about our treatments, our office, our flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know about us! Call today – we can’t wait to help you live your life pain-free!
As one of the premier podiatry centers in Waxahachie, TX, our doctors and team at Family Foot & Ankle Centers also provide 5-star podiatry care to patients from Corsicana, Ennis & Mexia, TX, and surrounding areas.