Sprained Ankle Specialist

King's Point Foot and Ankle Specialists

Dr. Benjamin Tehrani

Foot and Ankle Specialist located in Central Alameda, Los Angeles, CA

A sprained ankle can cause swelling, bruising, or the inability to put weight on your foot. Dr. Benjamin Tehrani, DPM, AACFAS is a highly skilled podiatric specialist that can diagnose and treat sprained ankles at King's Point Foot and Ankle Specialists. He provides fast and effective relief for ankle injuries so patients can return to their normal activities as soon as possible. Call his Los Angeles office located in Central Alameda to schedule a visit or book a consultation online.

Sprained Ankle Q & A

What causes a sprained ankle?

Ankle sprains are common, painful injuries that occur when one or more ligaments in the ankle stretch or tear from a sudden and unforeseen twisting, turning, or rolling movement. The severity of the ankle sprain can vary, but this injury most commonly happens during athletic activities. It can affect people of all ages.

There are three categories of ankle sprains, which are defined by the type of movement that causes them:

Lateral Inversion Sprain

This is the most common type of ankle sprain, which occurs when the foot rolls inward and results in ligament injury on the outer side of the ankle.

Medial Inversion Sprain

This type of sprain occurs when the foot rolls outward, injuring the ligaments on the inner side of the ankle.

Syndesmosis (High Ankle) Sprain

As the least common type of ankle sprain, this occurs when the ankle rolls outward while simultaneously the leg rolls inward. Syndesmosis usually occurs during contact sports, such as football.

What are the symptoms of a sprained ankle?

The symptoms of an ankle sprain depend on the type of ankle injury and the degree of damage to the ligaments. Usually, a person will experience:

  • Mild to severe pain
  • Bruising or discoloration of the skin
  • Tenderness and sensitivity to touch
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Trouble walking or putting weight on the foot

Nausea, headache, or fatigue may also occur after an acute ankle injury.

What is the treatment for a sprained ankle?

The treatment for a sprained ankle varies, depending on the type and severity of the injury. The first line of treatment includes RICE: resting, icing, compression, elevation.

A bandage wrap, ankle brace, or walking boot, may be needed depending on the extent of the sprain. Dr. Tehrani can also prescribe anti-inflammatory medications for the pain and swelling.

Usually, surgery is not required for this type of injury, unless the specific case is very severe.

Dr. Tehrani is a highly esteemed podiatrist who has successfully treated ankle sprains in patients across Los Angeles and beyond. For a personalized consultation about sprained ankle treatment, book an appointment online or call the office today.

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