How to Treat a Sprained Ankle

Most sprained ankles can be treated at home. Follow the RICE treatment plan: Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate. Minor sprains will respond quickly to this home treatment and let you get back on your feet in very little time. How do you know if you have a sprained ankle, and when do you need to seek treatment for the sprain?

Do I Have a Sprained Ankle?

There are four main ligaments in the ankle that help provide the stability and support the joint needs to hold the weight of your body as you walk, run, twist, jump, and move. When any of those ligaments are damaged – stretched or torn because of an overextension – the condition is a sprain. Sprains can range of minor inconvenience to being in a walking cast for 12 weeks.

Symptoms of a Sprain

In almost all cases when you sprain your ankle, you will experience pain. Other symptoms include swelling, bruising, and stiffness around the ankle. That pain is sometimes very brief, but often it will continue to hurt for a few days after the initial injury. You may hear a popping sound when you injure your ankle; if you do, it is important that you get medical help immediately. Sprains are, for the most part, an inconvenience, but they can also be debilitating.

When to See a Doctor

If the sprain is not healing, or if you experience a great deal of discomfort, swelling, and bruising, you may want to see a physician. You should also see a doctor if you are experiencing more pain or have unusual symptoms.

If you are experiencing symptoms of a foot or ankle injury or would like to learn more about our available podiatric services and treatment, request an appointment with us today. Our friendly and accommodating staff provides prompt and punctual service and is dedicated to providing high-end, compassionate podiatric care. At Northeastern Foot & Ankle, board-certified podiatrist Dr. Khoury takes the time to carefully listen to and understand your medical and cosmetic concerns, recommending and providing the most appropriate treatment options paired with innovative and emerging technologies to help meet your podiatric needs. Call 973.473.6665 or scroll to the top of the page to request an appointment.