Do you think a recent injury has left you with a sprained ankle?
Whether you’ve had a bad fall or sports-related incident, there are many scenarios in which someone can sprain their ankle. It isn’t always easy to tell whether you just strained your ankle or actually sprained it. Our Butte and Bozeman, MT, podiatrists Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd are here to tell you the symptoms of a sprained ankle and when to seek treatment.
Your body is made up of ligaments, which connect bones to one other. So when a ligament is overstretched or torn within the ankle or foot this leads to an ankle sprain. Sprains can range from minor to severe, so the symptoms you experience will depend on the extent of your injury.
For example, those with a mild sprain may only notice a little stiffness and swelling of the ankle. Of course, you may find it possible to continue moving and walking around without discomfort.
On the other hand, those with moderate-to-severe ankle sprains will often notice significant pain, swelling, tenderness and bruising. Unlike those with minor sprains, those with moderate-to-severe sprains will often experience instability within the ankle, which will make it nearly impossible to walk on the ankle without serious discomfort.
Of course, it’s important that you seek treatment from one of our Bozeman, MT, podiatrists if you suspect that you have a sprained ankle, as a sprained ankle that doesn’t get the treatment it needs to heal properly may be prone to further injuries in the future as well as chronic weakness and instability.
While those with milder symptoms may be able to treat their ankle sprains with the simple RICE method (rest, ice, compression and elevation), if your pain and swelling is severe or continues to get worse, or if your symptoms don’t improve within one week, then you will need to seek medical care right away from our foot specialists.
Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute in Bozeman and Butte, MT, is here for you every step of the way. Don’t let foot or ankle issues get the better of you. Our podiatrists can provide a treatment plan that will get you moving around in no time.