Sprained Ankle Specialist

Augusta Foot & Ankle, PC

Podiatrists located in Augusta, GA

When you have a sprained ankle, you need expert care to help get you back to optimal health. The doctors of Augusta Foot & Ankle, PC in Evans, Georgia provide specialized care for a range of ankle and foot conditions involving the ligaments and tendons. At their practice serving the greater Augusta and CSRA area, they offer state-of-the-art treatments, both conservatively and surgically, to relieve pain and weakness of the ankle. If you have ankle pain, call Augusta Foot & Ankle or schedule an appointment online today.

Sprained Ankle

What is a sprained ankle?

Your ankle bones are held together and stabilized by tough bands of connective tissue called ligaments. When these ligaments are damaged, torn, or stretched beyond their normal range of motion, a sprain can occur.

A sprained ankle may result from any activity that causes your ankle ligaments to roll, twist, or turn awkwardly. That might happen when walking on uneven surfaces, falling or tripping, or playing sports.

Your risk of spraining your ankle increases if you’ve had an ankle injury in the past.

What are the symptoms of a sprained ankle?

Sprained ankles often affect the three ligaments on the outside of your ankle; these are called inversion ankle sprains. When the inner ligaments are affected, it’s called an eversion ankle sprain.

The symptoms of a sprained ankle include:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising or skin discoloration
  • Tenderness or pain
  • Reduced range of motion or stiffness

You might also notice that your ankle is less stable. These symptoms usually increase when you put weight on your ankle or when you touch it.

Not effectively treating a sprained ankle can lead to reinjury, arthritis, chronic pain, and instability.

How is a sprained ankle diagnosed and treated?

The team at Augusta Foot & Ankle, PC offers advanced care and specialized treatment for ankle injuries like sprains, fractures, and tendon problems.

During your appointment, your doctor will conduct a physical examination of your ankle in addition to asking about your medical history.

If needed, Augusta Foot & Ankle conveniently offers digital imaging tools like X-rays and ultrasound imaging. An MRI may also be needed. These tests help your doctor identify the extent of your injury, including tears in your ligaments, fractures, and other issues that may be causing your pain.

Depending on the extent of your injury, your doctor might recommend several treatment options, including:

  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Anti-inflammatory medications and pain relievers
  • Braces to support your ankle

If your ankle sprain has caused chronic pain or weakness, your doctor might recommend surgery, including either arthroscopy or reconstruction.

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure where a tiny camera on a scope is inserted through a small incision at the site of your injury. This technique enables your doctor to repair damage inside your joint without performing an open surgical procedure.

Arthroscopy is very beneficial for removing mild arthritis and correcting other problems associated with the ankle joint.

If chronic weakness of the ankle is present, reconstruction of your torn ligament may be performed to provide more normal stability of the ankle.

Call Augusta Foot & Ankle for more information, or schedule an appointment online today to learn how to treat and rehabilitate your sprained ankle successfully.