Sprained Ankle Relief

Sprained ankles are among the most common musculoskeletal conditions treated in the US. Roughly 3 in 1000 people experience an ankle sprain each year.

 

The surgeons at Onward Orthopedics are sprained ankle experts.

 

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What is a Sprained Ankle?

 

 

Your ankle consists of strong, fibrous tissues, known as ligaments, which connect the bones of your ankle together. These ligaments function to keep bones in proper positions and stabilize your joint. If you tear one of these ligaments completely, your ankle may become unstable. If instability continues, damage to bones and cartilage in your ankle happens over time. Tears to these ligaments often occur when the foot twists unexpectedly. Unexpected twists may happen when falling down, playing sports, or even walking on an uneven surface.

Symptoms of a Sprained Ankle

Swelling
Bruising
Tenderness to touch
Ankle instability
If the injury was severe, you may even have heard a “pop” when it occurred.

How is a Sprained Ankle Treated?

If tears to the ligaments in your ankle are extreme, your doctor may recommend surgery to restore function and fix the injury. Typically, doctors only recommend outpatient surgery, called Ankle Arthroscopy, to people with persistent ankle instability months after their injury.