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Sprained Ankles: The Ouch is Readily Noticed

causes and treatment for sprained anklesNearly 25 thousand ankle sprains occur and get treated every year in the US alone. Sprains are the most often treated musculoskeletal injury and come in three grades of severity. Although sprains are common to the world of sports, they can happen to anyone at any time. A simple excessive twisting force can occur when a person missteps or encounters uneven terrain.

The ankle is comprised of three bones coming together. These bones are connected to muscle by tough cords called tendons. Ligaments hold bones together and have a limited ability to give, which allows them to give to a certain extent, and then resume their normal position. When sufficient force is placed on the ligaments they may be stretched beyond their endurance. This stretching or tearing of the ligament is called a sprain. Sprains most often happen to the outer part of the ankle. This injury can happen in several different ways:

  • When running, stepping up or down or simply planting the foot wrong.
  • Stepping on an irregular surface.
  • A traumatic injury such as what may be suffered during a basketball game with one player stepping on another.

The body’s response to a tissue injury like a sprain is fluid build-up which causes swelling, pain which may worsen when the ankle is moved or manipulated in a certain manner or when weight bearing. The area may also appear red and feel warm to the touch due to increased circulation. Heightened blood flow is part of the healing process.

Sprains, although painful, do not always mean a trip to the doctor. Sometimes pain can be managed by:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation


If swelling is reduced with over-the-counter medication, such as Ibuprofen, then continue to monitor the ankle and begin gentle walking to regain mobility and strength. If pain is severe and you are unable to walk, see the podiatrists at Dallas Podiatry Works. Drs. Brook and Northcutt can examine your foot and perform diagnostic tests necessary in order to determine if the injury is more than a sprain. Sometimes stress fractures occur, but are masked by the sprain. X-rays, CT scans and MRIs all can assist in his diagnosis.

If you have a sprained ankle, call Dallas Podiatry Works in Medical City at (972) 566-7474 or in Plano at (972) 943-3323. After a complete evaluation of your injury he can begin you on a program of physical therapy to reduce discomfort and build your muscle strength. Other treatment options include electrical nerve stimulation and ultrasound. In the most severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair torn ligaments, but our doctors will discuss the treatment option best suited to you.

"I did 3 EPAT treatments and it gave me tremendous relief from my plantar fasciitis. I highly recommend this for anyone who is dealing with PF. Also, the physical therapist Dr. Brook sent me too is fantastic. I am definitely on the mend and so glad I did EPAT."- All H. 5 star
"Dr Northcutt is a fantastic physician. My first surgery with him (although painful), went very well. A couple of issues (with his staff) needed to be corrected, I appreciated his calm and professional demeanor and he corrected those issues promptly. He sets the bar high (the mark of a great physician), and that is the key reason why I'm coming back to him to correct my other foot. I would highly recommend him."- She B. 5 star
"The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of care."- Joseph B. 5 star
"My experience was a good one from pre-op to post -op. I saw the doctor right before my surgery.He explained the process to me and my husband. The recovery nurse was great. It was neither crowded or chaotic as some day surgery centers. My foot is doing well as I follow instructions. I look forward to my one week progress visit!"- Patricia T.5 star
"I had dealt with a painful foot problem for five months and had seen three different Doctors before seeing an article in D Magazine about Dr. Joel Brook. Dr. Brook took one look at my foot, explained the causes for my pain and set me up on a successful treatment plan. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and exhibits a caring attitude. I highly recommend him."- Ginger W. 5 star
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