Ankle Sprains Specialist

Hoosier Foot & Ankle

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Carmel, Fishers, Franklin, Greenwood, Indianapolis, and Zionsville, IN

Ankle sprains aren’t anything to be taken lightly — they can keep you off your feet for weeks. Because a severely sprained ankle can lead to chronic instability if you don’t get treatment right away, the top-rated podiatry team at Hoosier Foot & Ankle offers effective therapies. Before your ankle sprain worsens, book an appointment at any of the practice’s five convenient locations throughout the Greater Indianapolis area. Schedule either online or over the phone.

Ankle Sprains Q & A

What causes ankle sprains?

An ankle sprain is an injury of the ligaments that support your ankle joint. This type of injury occurs when you overstretch or tear your ankle ligament, which can stem from:

  • Landing incorrectly while running or playing sports
  • Walking or exercising on uneven ground
  • Missing a step going downstairs
  • Rolling your ankle or falling

You’re also more likely to have an ankle sprain if you play basketball, soccer, tennis, football, or similar type of sport where you have to stop and twist frequently. Even runners are known for suffering from ankle sprains regularly.

How is a sprained ankle treated?

Treating a sprained ankle depends on the severity of your injury. For overstretching issues (grade 1 sprain) and minor tears (grade 2 sprain), you may benefit from:

  • Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT®)
  • Bracing or casting
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Electrical stimulation treatment
  • Physical therapy

If you have a complete tear (grade 3 sprain), you’re at risk of substantial ankle instability. While the experts at Hoosier Foot & Ankle generally try to help you heal through conservative treatments, as listed above, you might need surgical intervention for a complete tear.

Surgery for a severely sprained ankle involves repairing the injury with sutures or stitches or reconstructing your torn ligament with a tissue graft from other areas of your foot or ankle. In most cases, sprained ankle surgery can be performed arthroscopically, so your downtime afterward is minimal.

Can I prevent ankle sprains?

While you can’t prevent every ankle sprain, the team at Hoosier Foot & Ankle strives to ensure your treatment plan helps restore your ankle strength and stability, which can minimize your risk of future re-injury. You can help decrease your risk of spraining your ankle again by:

  • Warming up before exercise
  • Cooling down after exercise
  • Learning ankle stretches
  • Continuing to brace or wrap your injured ankle

Your podiatrist works with you and your physical therapist to ensure that your rehabilitation plan ideally makes your ankle stronger than it was before your injury.

Book your ankle sprain evaluation at Hoosier Foot & Ankle and get started on treatment today. Schedule by requesting an appointment online, or by calling your closest office.

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