Ankle sprains are common injuries that affect people of all ages. At Premier Orthopedic Specialists of Tulsa, the fellowship-trained orthopedic specialists offer on-site diagnostic testing for ankle pain, swelling, and bruising to confirm an ankle sprain. They customize a care plan to help your ankle heal and can also offer tips to prevent additional sprains that can lead to ankle instability. To learn more about the available treatment options for ankle sprains, call the office in Tulsa, Oklahoma, or book a consultation online.
An ankle sprain describes a stretching or tearing of ligaments, the soft tissues that connect the bones in your ankle and give the joint stability.
You can suffer an ankle sprain if you fall suddenly, twist your ankle joint, or land on your ankle awkwardly after a jump.
Athletes at all levels are prone to ankle sprains because of the movements required by different sports. Running or jumping on uneven surfaces can also increase your risk for ankle sprains.
Ankle sprains can cause a variety of symptoms. Some symptoms develop immediately after the injury, while others may become more noticeable in the hours after.
Common symptoms of an ankle sprain include:
If you have symptoms of an ankle sprain, schedule a diagnostic evaluation with the experts at Premier Orthopedic Specialists of Tulsa as soon as possible. Delaying an evaluation can allow your symptoms to worsen and lead to complications that affect your ankle function and mobility.
Your provider uses X-rays and other diagnostic imaging technologies to rule out a fracture and other causes of ankle pain and confirm the severity of your sprain.
Immediately after your injury, you can protect your ankle joint by following the rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) method of care.
Avoid moving your ankle as much as possible to prevent further damage.
Apply an ice pack wrapped in a towel to the injured ankle for a few minutes at a time for up to three days after your injury to reduce swelling and minimize pain.
Compression involves wrapping an elastic bandage around your ankle for a few days or weeks after your injury. This treatment helps reduce swelling and prevents bruising around the joint.
Elevating your injured ankle above your heart for 2-3 hours a day can reduce and prevent swelling in the joint.
Your provider may also recommend wearing a brace or using crutches to keep pressure off the joint. After you heal, you can prevent further ankle sprains by warming up before sports or exercise and wearing a semi-rigid ankle brace to stabilize your joint during activity.
To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for symptoms of an ankle sprain, call Premier Orthopedic Specialists of Tulsa today or book a consultation online.