Patients experience ankle sprains when the strong ligaments that support the ankle are pushed beyond their capacity and break. Anyone can sustain an ankle sprain regardless of gender or age and tend to occur as a result of rolling a foot or accidentally twisting awkwardly. The pain associated with this condition varies from person to person and the severity often depends on how much tissue damage has occurred. Although most cases require rest and an ice pack and recover, more in depth injuries require a protective device like a boot or an air brace. Patients also tend to experience significant inflammation and are unable to apply weight to the affected area for some time.
Our Atlanta Orthopedic Doctors often rely on imaging devices like X-rays to determine the source of the sprain and to rule out a potential fracture. If left ignored or untreated, a severe ankle sprain can cause the muscles that surround the area to deteriorate and the chances of experiencing another injury increases exponentially. Repeated sprains can cause permanent deformities, chronic pain, arthritis, and loss of stability or coordination.
Symptoms Connected To Ankle Sprains
Patients who sprain their ankle often experience:
- Mild to severe pain
- Deep bruising
- Increased sensitivity
- Loss of balance or coordination
- Popping sounds when trying to move or flex the injured area
The vast majority of ankle sprains are treated with non-invasive techniques. Complete ligament tears can recover without surgical intervention if supported with enough stability. Depending on the extent of the injury, your orthopedic doctor may recommend wrapping the affected area in a bandage for protection and support such as a boot or a brace. Mild sprains often recover in a couple of weeks, while more in depth cases may take several months to completely heal.
AICA Orthopedics can evaluate the extent of your injury, diagnose the source, and develop a customized treatment plan that aligns with your specific health needs. Whether you require rest or physical therapy, we have everything you need in-house to experience a complete and safe recovery. You can learn more about our approach to treating ankle sprains to kick-start your recovery process by dialing (404) 855-2141.