If you sprain your ankle while exercising, during sports activity, or in an accident, you’ll need immediate treatment from a knowledgeable doctor. Kenneth J. D’Ortone, DPM, at the Center for Foot and Ankle Excellence in Philadelphia has the expertise to develop the right treatment plan for you and discusses what to expect every step of the way. If you’re in extreme pain, Dr. D’Ortone recommends visiting an emergency room or urgent care clinic immediately. Otherwise, call Center for Foot and Ankle Excellence or schedule an appointment online today.
A sprained ankle can occur when you roll, twist, or turn your ankle awkwardly. The tissue in your ankle become stretched or torn, causing swelling and inflammation. A sprain is not the same as a fracture, even though the pain levels can feel similar.
An ankle sprain can be treated at home with ice, rest, and over-the-counter medication, but it’s still a good idea to schedule a consultation with Dr. D’Ortone to determine the severity of the sprain and avoid any complications.
An ankle sprain may limit the range of motion you have with your foot. It can also cause other symptoms, such as:
If you suspect you have a sprained ankle, schedule an appointment with Dr. D’Ortone for an exam and treatment plan to best care for your sprain. Until you can see Dr. D’Ortone, it’s best to rest your ankle and avoid strenuous activity.
If you have a mild ankle sprain, it will likely heal in 5-14 days. If you have a severe ankle sprain, it could take more like four to six weeks to heal. Dr. D’Ortone discusses your expected recovery time with you once he has evaluated your sprain.
Treatment for an ankle sprain usually includes rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain relievers. During your appointment with Dr. D’Ortone, he may order an X-ray to check for a break in the bone and might also order an MRI or ultrasound for an image of the tissue inside your ankle. These tests aren’t painful and help Dr. D’Ortone better understand the extent of your injury.
Dr. D’Ortone focuses on reducing your pain and swelling, while also restoring function to your ankle. In many cases, he recommends elevating your ankle and bracing it for compression treatment. If the sprain is severe enough, he may suggest surgery to repair the tissue.
After a sprained ankle injury, you should rest your ankle and apply ice. If you feel the injury is severe, go to an emergency care center immediately.
You can call Dr. D’Ortone at the Center for Foot and Ankle Excellence to schedule your appointment for an evaluation of your sprain, or you can book your visit using the online booking feature.