Many people don’t realize that a sprained ankle isn’t just a pulled muscle, but the stretching or tearing of ligaments in your ankle and foot. These ligaments provide stability to your ankle, so when they’re stretched or torn, you face the risk of instability and future problems related to it.
Most of the time, sprained ankles occur after sudden, shifting movements while your foot is planted. These movements are common in sports like soccer and basketball.
It’s imperative to see a podiatrist even if you can walk through the pain. Even a minor sprain can result in severe, permanent changes to your ankle, putting you at high risk of repetitive ankle injuries and increasing the likelihood that you’ll need surgery.
While many patients wait until they feel like it’s taking too long to heal or until the pain becomes unbearable, you should see a podiatrist right away if you want to adequately protect your ankle, promote healing, and prevent surgery.
Podiatrists specialize in all foot conditions, not only those severe enough to require invasive treatment. They can help you achieve a full recovery when you come in shortly after getting a sprain.
The best treatment for an ankle sprain depends on the patient, the severity of the sprain, and other factors, and may include:
In severe cases or cases in which treatment wasn’t sought early enough, surgery might be recommended.
You shouldn’t wait, even with a minor ankle sprain. Contact Starrett Podiatry immediately following a sprained ankle to schedule an evaluation; this can prevent the need for surgery, physical therapy, or extensive treatment.
At Starrett Podiatry, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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