It doesn’t take much to sprain an ankle. A quick change of direction, a sudden movement, an awkward trip or fall … all of these can all trigger a sprain. No wonder it’s among the most common injuries in the United States, especially among athletes and those participating in recreational activities. Sprains are painful, take quite a while to heal, and can keep recurring after the initial injury if not treated correctly.
If you have suffered a stubborn ankle sprain that is just not getting better, it’s time to come to see the experts at the offices of Kirkland Office. Our doctors of podiatric medicine are highly trained specialists when it comes to this painful, pesky injury, and we will diagnose the severity of your condition and provide the proper treatment. The first step will be a thorough evaluation that often includes an X-ray to pinpoint damage to the ankle’s soft tissue, and to rule out a fracture.
Common low ankle sprains occur when one or more of the rubber-band-like ligaments that connect the ankle’s bones and provide stability get stretched or torn. This usually occurs on the outside of the joint. However, less-common high ankle sprains involve the ligaments above the ankle itself. These ligaments are attached to the fibula and tibia — those major bones in your leg. Symptoms of an ankle sprain include pain or soreness, bruising, swelling and joint stiffness. Difficulty walking — especially up and down stairs in the case of a high ankle sprain — is common.
An untreated ankle sprain can lead to chronic instability that can affect your foot and leg. The podiatrists at the offices of Kirkland Office are physicians and surgeons who will determine the best treatment for your injury, and formulate a plan for preventing it from recurring. Don’t hesitate to contact us for an appointment.