Sprained Ankle Specialist

Comprehensive Foot Care Associates

Podiatrist located in Abington, PA & Fort Washington, PA

When you twist your ankle and suddenly there’s pain, there’s a chance you’ve just sprained your ankle. If you work or live in the vicinity of Philadelphia, it’s time for a medical evaluation by Dr. Ronald Small, the head podiatrist at Comprehensive Foot Care Associates. Call or book an appointment online for a private consultation at the Fort Washington or Abington office in Pennsylvania.

Sprained Ankle

What is a sprained ankle?

Often called a twisted ankle, a sprained ankle is the stretching or tearing of the ligaments keeping your ankle bones in place. Moving your ligaments beyond their normal range results in the sprain. Note: some people confuse sprains with strains because they have similar causes and symptoms, but the latter either involves a muscle instead or it’s often a tendon in your lower back.

There are many symptoms of a sprained ankle:

  • Pop noise during the moment of injury
  • Pain in your ankle, especially when standing or walking
  • Swollen joint or foot
  • Bruises
  • Loss of flexibility in your ankle

Whenever your symptoms are severe, stop putting weight on your foot and find quick medical care, since you could have a broken bone or another urgent condition.

What causes sprained ankles?

There are many causes of sprained ankles, from tripping and falling to athletic accidents and getting your foot stuck while walking or running. It could be as simple as rolling your ankle awkwardly.

The greater the force that pushes or pulls your ligament out of its typical range, the more likely you’ll partially or completely tear it and suffer more severe symptoms. Your chances of spraining your ankle rise as you age and lose some natural flexibility.

How are sprained ankles diagnosed?

Dr. Small sometimes can diagnose a sprained ankle simply through visual observation, touching to sense tenderness, and testing your ankle’s range of motion in relation to pain. However, Dr. Small often orders imaging tests like X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, or ultrasounds to identify a sprain or to diagnose it as a different condition like a broken bone.

How are sprained ankles treated?

Dr. Small may recommend one or more of these treatment options for a sprained ankle:

  • Anti-inflammatory pain medications
  • RICE: Resting, icing, compression, and elevation
  • Bandages, crutches, cast, or walking boot
  • Physical therapy
  • Laser therapy
  • Orthopedic surgery (rare)

Dr. Small discusses all the options suitable for your unique case, but he often prescribes and performs the Multiwave Locked System (MLS) of laser therapy in conjunction with other treatments. He uses the innovative device to administer a safe level of high-energy light that’s clinically shown to reduce pain and inflammation without common side effects.

What is recovery like for sprained ankles?

Depending on many factors like whether you stretched, partially tore, or completely tore your ankle tendons, it can take anywhere between a couple weeks to a few months to heal from a sprained ankle.

Consult Dr. Small for personalized expectations. Call for an appointment or book one online today.