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.
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:
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.
This type of sprain occurs when the foot rolls outward, injuring the ligaments on the inner side of the ankle.
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.
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:
Nausea, headache, or fatigue may also occur after an acute ankle injury.
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.