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Ankle Sprains Specialist

InStride Family Foot Care

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Concord, NC & Charlotte, NC

Ankle sprains can be very serious, and because they can lead to lifelong ankle instability, immediate care and attention are necessary. With the help of the skilled podiatrists at InStride Family Foot Care, which has locations in Albemarle, Concord, Matthews, Wake Forest, Gastonia, and Monroe, as well as two clinics in Charlotte, North Carolina, you can undergo effective ankle sprain treatments and restore your full ankle function. It’s important to come in for an evaluation as soon as your injury occurs. You can book an ankle sprain exam online or you can call any office directly to speak with a team member.

Ankle Sprains Q&A

Why do ankle sprains occur?

Ankle sprains commonly affect runners and athletes, but with a simple twist while going down some stairs, anyone can easily sprain their ankle. This painful injury occurs when one or more of the ligaments that bind your ankle joint together overstretch or tear. 

In most cases, sprains occur in the ligaments on the outside of your ankle near the bony bump. But in severe cases, you can also overstretch the inner ligaments. 

Even though ankle sprains can affect anyone, your risk is higher if you have:

  • Training routines that require running on hilly or uneven surfaces
  • Weak ankles (often inherited)
  • Previous ankle injuries 

You also risk suffering an ankle injury if you wear shoes that don’t provide adequate support. 

What are the symptoms of ankle sprains?

As soon as your ankle injury occurs, you may feel or hear a sudden pop. This may indicate a ruptured ligament or even a bone fracture. Depending on the severity of your ankle sprain, you may have:

  • Swelling that progresses for several days
  • Redness and widespread bruising
  • Severe ankle and foot pain

Ankle sprain sufferers also often report that it feels like their ankle is going to give way, meaning it’s entirely unstable. In any case, it’s important to come in to InStride Family Foot Care as soon as your ankle injury occurs. Delaying treatment another day can lead to improper healing and long-term ankle issues. 

How does a podiatrist treat ankle sprains?

InStride Family Foot Care has on-site imaging technology available, so your podiatrist can gather an X-ray or diagnostic ultrasound to confirm or rule out an ankle sprain. Depending on the severity of your sprain and how severe your symptoms have become, your podiatrist may:

  • Stabilize your ankle joint with a cast, walking boot, or splint
  • Recommend nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Start you with early physical therapy exercises
  • Provide therapeutic ultrasound
  • Design custom orthotic inserts

For serious ankle ligament ruptures, surgery may be necessary. But with a team of leading foot and ankle surgeons available at InStride Family Foot Care, you can feel confident that you’re going to have a full recovery and get back to all of your normal activities soon (including sports).

If you sprained your ankle, contact InStride Family Foot Care as soon as possible for an exam. Book your appointment through the website or by phone with any clinic today.