Southern Orthopedics and Sports Medicine provides treatment for ankle sprains in Mount Pleasant and Charleston, South Carolina so that you can get back to your active lifestyle! An ankle sprain occurs when an individual rolls, twists, or turns their ankle awkwardly. Doing this can stretch or tear the ligaments that hold the ankle bones together. Ligaments help to stabilize joints and prevent excessive movement, and when a sprain occurs, it is because the ligaments were forced beyond their normal range of motion. Most ankle sprains affect the ligaments on the outer side of the ankle, and causes can include:

  • A fall that causes the ankle to twist
  • Landing awkwardly on the foot after jumping or pivoting
  • Walking or exercising on an uneven surface
  • Another person stepping on or landing on the foot or ankle

Symptoms of a sprained ankle will vary depending on the severity of the injury. Some of the signs of an ankle sprain are:

  • Pain, especially when putting weight on the injured ankle
  • Tenderness when touching the ankle
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Restricted range of motion
  • Instability in the ankle
  • A popping sound when the injury occurs

While it may be tempting to just “walk off” an ankle sprain, this should be avoided. An ankle sprain can weaken the surrounding tissues, leading to instability of the ankle and increasing the possibility of another injury occurring in the future. A severe sprain or repeated sprains can even cause conditions like osteoarthritis later in life.

Treatment for an ankle sprain will vary, depending on the severity of the injury. The goals when treating an ankle sprain are to reduce pain and swelling, promote ligament healing, and restore ankle function. Not all ankle sprains will require professional treatment, and there are at-home treatments that can be used to treat less severe sprains. The surgeons and physician assistants at Southern Orthopedics and Sports Medicine can assess your ankle sprain and determine whether surgery will be necessary. Call us at (843) 936-0715 to schedule an appointment to treat your ankle sprain in Mount Pleasant or Charleston.