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If you jump and land in an awkward position that causes ankle pain and swelling, you’ve probably sprained your ankle. The expert podiatry team at Advanced Foot & Ankle Center in Salt Lake City, Sugarhouse, West Jordan, Park City, Heber City, Bountiful, Provo, Nephi, Eagle Mountain, St. George, Santaquin, and South Ogden, Utah, can diagnose and treat severe ankle sprains to get you participating in your regular activities faster and without pain. Call or schedule an appointment online today.
Sprained ankles involve injuries resulting from rolling, turning, or twisting your ankle in an uncomfortable position. The awkward movement stretches or tears the ligaments that hold your ankle bones together and stabilize the joints.
Sprained ankles occur when your ligaments go beyond their normal range of motion, causing them to stretch or tear. Common causes of ankle sprains include:
People who participate in sports are at greater risk of ankle sprains. Wearing shoes that don’t fit correctly or provide enough support also increases your risk of spraining your ankle. You’ll know immediately know if you’ve sprained your ankle, as it’s painful at the time of injury.
You may hear a popping sound when you sprain your ankle, followed by discomfort or pain. Sprained ankle symptoms may vary depending on the severity of your sprain. Symptoms include:
Sprained ankles cause a restricted range of movement, making it difficult to walk normally.
The treatment for sprained ankles depends on the severity of your sprain. Many sprained ankles can be self-treated through RICE therapy (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). You can also try over-the-counter pain relievers with anti-inflammatories, like ibuprofen and naproxen sodium.
If after two or three days of RICE therapy your sprained ankle has not improved, call Advanced Foot & Ankle Center for an evaluation.
You may receive a referral for physical therapy, crutches to help you avoid putting weight on the affected ankle, or sports tape or a walking boot to stabilize your ankle while it heals.
Surgery is a treatment for severe sprains or when an ankle sprain doesn’t heal after months of physical therapy and exercise. Sometimes a ligament needs surgical repair or a severely damaged ligament needs reconstruction with tissue from a nearby ligament or tendon.
Schedule an appointment online or call the nearest Advanced Foot & Ankle Center to schedule an appointment to ensure your sprained ankle heals fully.