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By American Foot & Ankle Specialists
October 02, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ankle Sprain  
Ankle sprains are a very common injury. In fact, more people visit the emergency room due to ankle sprains than any other lower ankle sprainextremity injury, according to a study published in Clinical Orthopaedic and Related Research. Sun City and Scottsdale, AZ, podiatrists Dr. Michael Stegman and Dr. John Erotas of American Foot & Ankle Specialists explain a few signs and symptoms that may occur if you've sprained your ankle.

Your ankle hurts
Did your pain occur after your rolled your foot or twisted your ankle? Sudden changes in the movement of your foot or ankle can tear or stretch ligaments, resulting in a painful sprain. The pain from a sprain may be constant or intermittent and may intensify with activity.

Standing and bending your foot is difficult
Suspect a sprain if it's difficult to put any weight on your ankle or bend your foot. Don't force yourself to use the ankle despite the pain, as this could lengthen healing time.

Your ankle is swollen
Swelling is common after an ankle injury. When you were injured, your body sent white blood cells to your ankle to facilitate healing. In order to get the cells to your ankle quickly, your blood vessels had to expand quickly to accommodate the increased blood flow, which caused the swelling. Ice packs and a compression bandage can help reduce swelling. If you use ice, follow the 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off rule. Place a thin cloth between your skin and the ice bag.

You noticed some sound effects when you hurt your ankle
That popping sound wasn't your imagination. As the ligaments tear or stretch, it's not unusual to hear a pop.

You have a bruise
In addition to swelling, bruising can also occur if you have a swollen ankle.

You have pain on the outside of the ankle both in front and under the ankle bone or in front, under and behind the ankle bone it is best to see the doctors at American Foot & Ankle Specialists.  Also if there is pain on the outside of the leg about 6 inches above the ankle bone.

What should I do if my ankle doesn't get better?
Using the RICE method (rest, ice, compression and elevation) can reduce your pain and help your ankle heal. If walking is difficult or impossible, you have severe pain, or your symptoms does not improve after a week or two, schedule an appointment with our Sun City or Scottsdale office.

A visit to the foot doctor can determine the cause of your ankle pain. If you're concerned about a possible sprained ankle or another foot or ankle problem, schedule an appointment with Drs. Stegman and Erotas of American Foot & Ankle Specialists by calling (623) 977-8388for the Sun City office or (480) 483-9000 for the Scottsdale/Paradise Valley office.


Heal Your Sprain


Ankle sprains are not serious injuries but by not being careful, it is extremely easy to sprain your ankle multiple times after the original injury.  Preventing chronic ankle sprains is simple.  Once your ankle has fully healed, apply some strengthening exercises to rebuild the tendons, ligaments, and muscles surrounding the ankle. 


After a sprain, the ankle is weak.  Any little misstep can cause another ankle injury.  It can cause the ankle to re-roll or re-twist and a person will then have to undergo another six weeks of healing.  This means that after spending weeks being careful, you will have to spend another month and half healing again. 


Immediately after your sprain, get off your ankle, lie down, elevate your foot, and ice your ankle.  Ice the ankle 3 times per day for 15 minutes each time and do this for the first week after your injury.  This will greatly reduce the amount of inflammation and pain you will experience.  Next, if you cannot walk without crutches or have tremendous pain while standing, definitely use crutches for the first few days.  

The goal after an ankle sprain is to prevent any further damage to the ankle.  A black and blue around the ankle is normal.  The next step is to come in for a visit at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.  We will provide an x-ray to determine that you do have a sprain and not anything more severe such as a fracture.  Ankle sprains usually take around six weeks to heal.  


Prevent Long-Term Injury


The reason to see one of our podiatrists is to prevent any long term ankle symptoms.  We provide the treatment and advice to avoid chronic ankle sprains and future disability.  One of the best tools to prevent future ankle injuries is to wear an ankle brace while your ankle is healing.  An ankle brace restricts the movement of the ankle joint making it virtually impossible to sustain further ankle damage 


An ankle sprain can range for mild to severe.  With a sever ankle sprain, you may feel wobbly and unable to walk.  In this type of sprain, you will definitely want to wear crutches and come in for an office visit.  You can choose to come in to either our Sun City podiatry office or Scottsdale podiatry office.  We will do everything in our power to make sure you heal quickly. 


Call (480) 483-9000 and schedule your consultation today.


By Michael Stegman


Prevent Further Injury


Suffering an ankle sprain is often a shock because it usually isn’t a severe injury but just enough to keep you immobile.  Now, as a podiatrist, one of the main focuses I tell my patients to have is that there are two stages to healing an ankle sprain: the actual healing of the sprain and the rehabilitation of the sprain.  Both are equally important and in this post, I’ll explain why and how to go about quickly healing your sprain. 


Most sprains take around 6 weeks to heal.  The first step after a sprain is just to get off your ankle, elevate your foot and ice it.  Ice your ankle 3 times a day for fifteen minutes for the first week until inflammation has subsided.  The decrease in inflammation will help the ankle to heal faster.  


Also, if you can’t walk without pain, use crutches until you can.  The goal of sprain repair is to do whatever it takes not to further damage your ankle as this will only prolong the healing process.  Once you can walk on your ankle with little to no pain, use an ankle brace until your ankle is fully healed. 

An ankle brace is crucial to treating an ankle sprain because it restricts the movement of the ankle going making it virtually impossible to further damage the ligaments, tendons, and muscles around the ankle.  


Make sure to come in for an office visit at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists to see on of our podiatrists.  It is vital to take an x-ray of your ankle to ensure that you did not fracture your ankle but only sprain it.  This way we will know how to treat it and if you did fracture it, there will be a completely different path toward healing.  


Now, if you do have black and blues surrounding your ankle, don’t worry.  This is completely normal.  Again, it will take about 6 weeks to heal and once healed, you will have an equally important job to do in regards to healing the ankle. 


Re-Strengthen Ankle Weakness


Rehabilitation of the ankle prevents a re-sprain and chronic re-sprains that commit the patient to a long period of injury.  Because the ankle is extremely weak after a sprain, any simple, little mister can cause the ankle to roll or twist and you will have to undergo another six weeks of healing.  Physical Therapy will be helpful at this point.  


The first step is to determine the extent of your sprain by getting an x-ray.  Call (480) 483-9000 and schedule an appointment with one of our foot doctors.


What To Do After An Ankle Sprain


Ankle sprains typically heal within 4 to 6 weeks but only if you manage not to re-injure the ankle, which is a tricky thing to avoid.  My patients come to me and understand that there is just a few things they need to do to avoid another sprain and another 6 weeks in recovery.  This is why we recommend seeing a foot doctor at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.  We will make sure you heal quickly without the chance of falling into another disabling ankle sprain. 


The first thing to do after a sprain is to get off your feet, rest, and ice your ankle.  Any swelling or black and blue on the ankle is normal.  Ice for 3 times a day for 15 minutes to reduce swelling, which will also help reduce the pain that you experience.  Importantly, if you cannot walk without pain, use crutches until you can.  


Podiatry Appointment


The next step is to see a podiatrist at our Sun City podiatry or Scottsdale podiatry offices.  Here, we will provide an x-ray that will make sure you don’t have a fracture.  Next, we will fit you with an ankle brace to restrict the movement of your ankle.  An ankle brace is extremely important in preventing further ankle damage.  It restricts the movements that the ankle takes making it virtually impossible for more cell tissue to tear.  


The part that most people forget and the reason so many people have chronic ankle sprains that lasts months on end is because after the healing is finished, people forget to rehabilitate the ankle and re-strengthen the weak muscles surrounding the ankle.  After a sprain, the muscles around the ankle damage as well and become extremely weak.  They cannot support the body’s many movements or balance the body.  


What occurs is during a little misstep or a quick sideward motion, the ankle cannot support the full wight and balance of the body and them, again rolls or twists causing another sprain.  This other ankle sprain damages the ligaments and tendons of the ankle once again and the ankle needs another several weeks to heal before it is healthy again.  


The key then to healing an ankle sprain is in two processes: first, healing the ankle and second, rehabilitating the ankle. 


The first step is easily done through the help of a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists and the second step can be accomplished in the gym or with a physical therapist.  The second step is often forgotten but is crucial in the full recovery of the ankle. 


Call (480) 483-9000 and schedule your consultation.


By John Erotas


Podiatry Treatment


Sustaining an ankle sprain is a minor injury but without proper treatment can become a chronic condition.  Due to the weakness of an ankle after a sprain, it is key to follow a precise treatment plan.  Many people spend six weeks healing their ankle only to re-roll it again after a simple misstep. 


Ankle sprains normally take six weeks to heal.  During your visit at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, we first take an x-ray to determine the severity of the sprain.  We want to make sure that you do have a sprain and not a fracture.  This is why seeing a podiatrist at either our Sun City or Scottsdale podiatry office is important to properly diagnose the injury. 


The first thing you should do after a sprain is lie down, elevate your foot, and ice your ankle.  Icing decreases inflammation, which decreases pain and increases ankle mobility.  It is good to ice your ankle at least twice a day for the first week after the sprain.


Protect Your Ankle! 


The key to treating the ankle is preventing further ankle damage.  If you cannot walk after your sprain, make sure to use crutches for the first few days.  Preventing further injury will help your ankle to heal quicker because it may not be as severe as first anticipated.  


Another essential ingredient to healing an ankle sprain is a restrictive ankle brace.  An ankle brace prevents much of the ankle’s mobility meaning that it cannot easily move and sustain further damage.  


During your visit, we will discuss both the best brace for you as well as footwear.  My goal as a podiatrist is to make sure your ankle heals without sustaining further injury.  Many people who do not see a podiatrist for an ankle sprain end up injuring their ankle multiple times prolonging the recovery process by weeks or months. 


After your ankle has had several weeks to heal, it is time to re-strengthen the ankle.  This is the greatest thing you can do for your ankle after it has some time to heal.  During this period, your ankle is extremely weak but you are able to walk on it.  Many people just begin walking and forget about a physical therapy to re-strengthen their ankle.


Unfortunately, this is one of the main causes of chronic ankle sprains.  The ankle is too weak to maintain the balance and weight of the body.  Only through strengthening exercises can it learn to handle to body’s weight. 

We guarantee that we can help you recover from an ankle sprain and guide you toward a fully recovery.  


Schedule Your Consultation!


Call 480-483-9000 and schedule your consultation today!


By Michael Stegman