Though an ankle sprain is often thought of as the lesser condition when compared to a broken bone, this is not always the case. A sprain can be serious and cause severe pain and discomfort, making it often confused for a broken bone. Find out the signs that you have sprained your ankle with Dr. Thomas Hosey, Dr. Ryan Murphy, and Dr. Kristen Patterson at Hosey Foot and Ankle Centers with locations in Clinton Township, Sterling Heights, and Mount Clemens, MI.
What is a sprain?
A sprain occurs when a muscle, tendon, or ligament supporting a joint becomes abnormally stretched or torn. Though most sprains come from one single incident or injury, they can occur due to repetitive motions. A sprain’s symptoms are similar to a broken bone and most doctors will suggest an x-ray to rule out a break or fracture and diagnose a sprain. In some cases, patients experience multiple sprains of the same muscle, which can result in a condition called chronic ankle instability which causes the ankle to turn and become injured easier than normal.
Is my ankle sprained?
You may experience an incident or injury and experience the symptoms of a sprain directly afterward or the sprain could develop over a longer period of time due to repetitive motions. If your ankle is sprained, you will likely experience serious pain and swelling around the ankle joint, with a very limited range of motion. You may be able to put some weight on the foot, but will likely not be able to support your full body’s weight. Bruising is also common around the sprained ankle joint. If you notice your ankle is deformed, experience severe pain, or cannot put any weight at all on the affected foot, you should seek immediate medical care as these are the signs of a broken bone.
Sprained Ankle Treatments in Clinton Township, Sterling Heights, and Mount Clemens
Treating a sprained ankle often begins with the RICE method: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. These four elements allow the body’s natural healing abilities to take over and help the ankle heal on its own without invasive procedures. However, over-the-counter or prescription pain medication, physical therapy, or, in rare cases, surgery to repair the damaged muscle, tendon, or ligament.
For more information on ankle sprains or how your podiatrist can help, please contact Dr. Hosey, Dr. Murphy, and Dr. Patterson at Hosey Foot and Ankle Centers with locations in Clinton Township, Sterling Heights, and Mount Clemens, MI. Call (586) 263-4411 to schedule your appointment in Clinton Township, (586) 275-3000 to schedule your appointment in Sterling Heights, or (586) 468-5445 to schedule your appointment in Mount Clemens.