Ankle Sprains | FASO

Ankle Sprains

Foot & Ankle Surgeons of Oklahoma is skilled in diagnosing and treating ankle sprains. Ankle sprains occur in the lateral ligaments on the outside of the ankle. They are common injuries that affect people of all ages. Sprains range from mild to severe, depending on how much damage the ligaments receive, from tiny tears in the fibers that make up the ligament to complete tears through the tissue.

Causes

An ankle sprain occurs when the strong ligaments that support the ankle stretch beyond their limits and tear. This can happen when you roll, twist or awkwardly turn your ankle. Your foot can twist unexpectedly during several different actives and cause a sprain. Some of these include:

  • Falling down
  • Walking or exercising on an uneven surface
  • Participating in sports that require quick stops and rolling or twisting of the foot
  • Participating in sports where someone else may step on your foot while running, causing your foot to twist or roll to the side

Symptoms

A sprained ankle can be very painful. Immediate symptoms include swelling, bruising and tenderness of the affected ankle. Ankle instability may also be present but typically occurs with a complete tear of the ligament or complete dislocation of the ankle joint.

In more severe cases, a “pop” may be heard or felt when the sprain occurs. Symptoms of a severe sprain are very similar to those of a broken bone and require prompt medical evaluation.

Treatments

Foot and Ankle Surgeons of Oklahoma offers diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of orthopedic injuries and conditions, including ankle sprains. Our team of orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists and athletic trainers are committed to helping patients find relief and return to the highest level of activity possible.

Most sprains are minor injuries that heal with home treatments like rest and applying ice. However, if the ankle is very swollen and painful to walk on, or if it cannot bear any weight at all, a doctor’s visit is recommended. Without proper treatment and rehabilitation, the sprain can become more severe and weaken your ankle, which can increase the probability of future injuries. Repeated ankle sprains can lead to long-term problems, including chronic ankle pain, arthritis and going instability.

Surgical treatments for ankle sprains is rare. It is typically reserved for injuries that fail to respond to nonsurgical treatment, or for patients who experience persistent ankle instability after months of rehabilitation and nonsurgical treatment.

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"DR. GREEN SAVED MY FOOT! His care, knowledge and straight to the point of how I needed to take care of myself, saved my right foot with just about 6 more months of care, medicine, surgery, and discipline. Dr. Green has to be most reliable and knowledgeable doctor I have ever worked with. ". – Philip Brooks

"After months of ankle pain, I decided to make an appointment with Dr. Green after he was highly recommended by a friend. Dr. Green took the time to get to know me and listen to my concerns. He diagnosed my condition quickly and talked through several treatment options to eliminate my pain. I wish I would’ve made an appointment sooner! The entire staff was so friendly and I was in and out in no time!". – Brad

"I needed quite a complex treatment and Dr. Jones did a fantastic job. From my first appointment to my last, everyone in the office was so nice and helpful, and I never waited very long at all! A physical therapist I saw a few weeks after surgery was genuinely impressed with Dr. Jones' work. Highly recommend!". – Andrew

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FASO | 13100 N Western Ave | OKC