By Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America
January 16, 2018
Category: Podiatric Issues
Tags: sprained ankle  

An ankle sprain is certainly not something that’s easy to ignore. It’s a common foot ailment treated by the podiatrists at Ankle & Foot sprained ankleCenters of Mid-America in Grove, OK, and Bentonville, AR. Though you should wait for an official word from your foot doctor, there are a few clear signs of an ankle sprain to look out for. 

Common Causes of a Sprained Ankle
A sprained ankle can happen after one isolated injury, or it can develop over time due to constant stress on your foot. Here are a few common ways that patients sprain their ankles:

  • Jumping high and landing on the foot in an unnatural way.
  • Turning suddenly in another direction, as is common in tennis.
  • Falling to the side while wearing high heels, causing the ankle to twist out of position.
  • Running and exercising often in non-supportive footwear (like flip flops or poorly made sneakers).

Indication of an Ankle Sprain
Ankle sprains are more common in people who have problems with ankle instability. Here are a few clear indications that you may have a sprain:

  • Pain and throbbing around the ankle bone.
  • Unusual swelling and redness.
  • Discomfort when stepping down on the foot, which may cause you to limp slightly.
  • A bruise on the ankle.

Healing a Sprained Ankle
It’s not a good idea to continue to walk, run, or exercise on a sprained ankle. It’s best to get treatment from a Grove or Bentonville foot doctor as soon as possible. Here are some of the most common ankle sprain treatments that your podiatrist may suggest:

  • Ankle and foot wrapping with compressive bandages.
  • Splinting the ankle so that it doesn’t move and has a better chance to heal.
  • Icing the ankle regularly to ease bruising and swelling.
  • Foot elevation and rest.
  • Ankle exercises and physical therapy.
  • Surgery to repair ligaments in serious cases.

Visit Your Foot Doctor for Immediate Treatment
A sprained ankle could turn into something worse if you continue to put too much pressure on it. It’s best to give it a chance to heal and get better with help from a foot doctor before resuming normal activities. Call (918) 787-6893 for the Grove, OK, office or (479) 224-6411 for the Bentonville, AR, office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bryan M. Sheehan.


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Bentonville, AR

Ankle & Foot Centers
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Bryan M. Sheehan, DPM

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Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America
1000 SE. Walton Blvd, Suite 16
Bentonville, AR 72712
(479) 224-6411
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Grove, OK 74344
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