Sprained Ankle

Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic

Alex Yanovskiy, DPM

Board Certified Podiatrist, Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Des Plaines, IL

When you overstretch or tear the supportive ligaments in your ankle, you have an ankle sprain. Since an ankle sprain is nothing to be taken lightly and can lead to serious ankle instability, Alex Yanovskiy, DPM, of Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic finds effective solutions to improve your pain and help your ankle heal. Book your sprained ankle exam at this Des Plaines, Illinois, clinic by clicking on the online scheduler or by calling the office directly.

Sprained Ankle

What causes a sprained ankle?

The supportive ligaments in your ankle are designed to stretch and bounce right back into place. But as with any type of connective tissue that’s supposed to be flexible, you can certainly overdo it and overstretch your ligaments, which is an ankle sprain. Common causes of ankle sprains include:

  • Walking, running, or exercising on uneven surfaces, like hills
  • Trips and falls, or missteps on stairs
  • Landing incorrectly after jumping
  • Sporting activities

Though anyone of any age can suffer from an ankle sprain, this type of injury is more common as you get older, just because your ligaments aren’t as flexible or stretchy as they were when you were younger.

 

When should I see a podiatrist for a sprained ankle?

A sprained ankle isn’t anything you should ignore or try to treat on your own. After all, without proper treatment, overstretched or torn ligaments may never properly heal and you have an increased risk of future re-injury.

Dr. Yanovskiy suggests scheduling an exam as soon as you have an ankle injury, even if your symptoms seem minor. It’s particularly important to come in right away if your ankle sprain is associated with:

  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Skin discoloration
  • Ankle instability

During your sprained ankle exam at Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Yanovskiy evaluates your injury, checks your range-of-motion abilities, and orders any necessary ultrasound or X-ray images to diagnose you and rule out any related issues, like a fracture.

 

Can I get treatment for a sprained ankle?

Yes, although in early stages, the key to treating a sprained ankle is immobilization, elevation, icing, and pain relief. Your initial sprained ankle treatment may include:

  • Compression wrapping
  • Bracing or casting
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Supportive devices, like crutches or a cane
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

As your sprained ankle starts healing and inflammation subsides, Dr. Yanovskiy works with you to rebuild strength and flexibility in your ankle joint. This may include balance training, extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT), physical therapy, and targeted daily exercises.

Schedule your sprained ankle exam at Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic today. Book your appointment online or over the phone.