Sprained Ankle Specialist

San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc.

Orthopedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Specialist located in San Diego, CA

Ankle sprains are the most common sports injuries, with an estimated 25,000 occurring every day. Whether your sprain is from sports or another activity, the team at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. provides expert care for sprained ankles, including ankle arthroscopy, at their office in San Diego. Get the help you deserve by scheduling an appointment online or by phone today.

Sprained Ankle Q & A

What is a sprained ankle?

Ankle sprains are the most common sports injuries. The sprain occurs when the ligaments supporting your ankle are stretched too far and tear.

When you sprain your ankle, the injury is usually graded on its severity. It may be considered:

Grade 1

Caused when your ligament stretches. You feel mild pain and swelling.

Grade 2

Caused by a partial tear of your ligament. You can’t put any weight or pressure on your ankle or foot.

Grade 3

Caused by a complete ligament tear. You’re in severe pain and your foot or ankle feels extremely unstable.

Left untreated, a serious sprain may eventually weaken your ankle, making you more prone to a future injury.

How is a sprained ankle diagnosed?

Your doctor at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. examines your ankle. To see the extent of the damage, you may need imaging tests such as:

  • X-ray
  • CT scan
  • MRI

Your doctor may recommend a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure called ankle arthroscopy. During this outpatient procedure, your doctor makes a small incision or incisions in your ankle, then inserts a narrow device with a camera called an arthroscope. This device allows your doctor to see inside your ankle and look for signs of a torn ligament, tendon, or other damage.

How is a sprained ankle treated?

San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. recommends the right treatment plan for you. Before your appointment, you can ease your symptoms by following the RICE protocol:

  • Rest: stay off your injured ankle
  • Ice: apply an ice pack for 10-20 minutes every few hours
  • Compression: wear a compression bandage
  • Elevation: keep your ankle elevated

Your doctor at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. may suggest a combination of treatments, such as physical therapy, medications, or supportive devices to alleviate pressure and allow your sprain to heal. These supportive devices may include walking boots and crutches.

In some cases, your doctor may recommend ankle arthroscopy to repair your injury. After your procedure, you’ll likely need to wear a surgical boot to immobilize your ankle as it heals.

If you’ve sprained your ankle, it’s a good idea to prevent further injury with immediate diagnosis and treatment. Call San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. or book a consultation online today.

 

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