Sprained Ankle Specialist

Nashville Podiatry

Podiatrists located in Hendersonville, TN & Nashville, TN & Gallatin, TN

Sprained ankles are very common and can happen to anyone. However, while you may think you can nurse your sprained ankle at home, if not properly managed, your sprained ankle can turn into future ankle issues. The foot and ankle experts at Nashville Podiatry with offices in Nashville, Gallatin, and Hendersonville, Tennessee, can provide you with the care you need to heal your sprained ankle so you can get back to the things you love. For an evaluation, call the office today or book an appointment online.

Sprained Ankle Q & A

What is a sprained ankle?

You may develop a sprained ankle from an unnatural twist or force on the ankle bones that causes excessive stretching or tearing of the ligaments on the outside of your ankle. Sprained ankles are very common, but if you don’t get the medical help you need for your sprained ankle, then you may be at risk for long-term ankle problems.

The team at Nashville Podiatry can evaluate your ankle and develop the best treatment plan that helps heal your injury, so you don’t have to worry about future issues.

What are sprained ankle symptoms?

Ankle pain after a misstep may be the most common symptom of an ankle sprain. You may also experience swelling, bruising, and tenderness to the touch. You may also notice that your ankle seems unstable and unable to support your body weight.

How does a podiatrist diagnose a sprained ankle?

Your specialist at Nashville Podiatry conducts a comprehensive examination when you come into the office with concerns about a sprained ankle. Your specialist reviews your symptoms and the nature of the injury and then conducts a physical exam and evaluation of your foot and ankle. To confirm a diagnosis, your specialist may recommend diagnostic imaging, such as an X-ray or MRI.

Once it’s determined that you have a sprained ankle, your specialist grades the sprain based on its severity, which includes:

  • Grade 1: slight stretching of the ligaments
  • Grade 2: partial tearing of the ligament
  • Grade 3: complete ligament tear

The severity of your sprained ankle may direct your treatment plan.

What treatments can help my sprained ankle heal?

Your specialist at Nashville Podiatry develops personalized treatment plans for a sprained ankle based on the severity of your sprain.

Treatment for your sprained ankle may include:

  • Rest
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Strengthening exercises and stretching
  • Physical therapy

Depending on the severity of your sprain, it may take anywhere from 2-16 weeks for your ankle to heal with conservative treatments.

If your sprain is severe or you’re a competitive athlete, you may need surgery to repair the ligament, and this may require more extensive rehabilitation.

Sprained ankles require expert care to ensure a quick and safe recovery. For the ankle care you need, call Nashville Podiatry today or request an appointment online.