A sprained ankle is an injury that occurs when you roll, twist or turn your ankle in an awkward way. This can force your ankle to move out of its normal position and cause one or more of the ankle's ligaments to stretch, partially tear or tear completely.
Signs and symptoms of a sprained ankle:
- Tenderness when you touch the ankle
- Limited range of motion
- Ankle Instability
Treatment for a sprained ankle depends on the severity of the injury, but the goal is to reduce pain and swelling, promote healing of the ligament, and restore function of the ankle. Although self-care measures and OTC pain medications may be all you need, an evaluation by a podiatrist is necessary to rule out a broken bone or determine if there’s any ligament damage.
In rare cases, minimally invasive surgery with an internal brace is performed when the injury doesn't heal, or the ankle remains unstable after a long period of time. The brace uses a bridging concept with braided suture tape and knotless bone anchors to reinforce ligament strength, allowing surgeons to repair ankle instability with a quick return to function.
If you or someone you know suspects an ankle sprain, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. To schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact our office at (248)348-5300 or use our online appointment scheduler.