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Lakeland Podiatrist | Lakeland Ankle Sprains | FL | Coast 2 Coast Podiatry Group |

Coast 2 Coast Podiatry Group

Dr. John Bidelspach

(863) 859-4434

(888) 505-0592

Lakeland Main Office:
4973 US Hwy 98 N
Lakeland, FL 33809
  The Villages Main Office:
(Just West of Rolling Acres)
Heart Rhythm Associates
781 HWY 466
Lady Lake, FL 32159

Laser Locations:
Orlando, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Lakeland, The Villages, and Tallahassee

Ankle Sprains

When your foot lands off balance, muscles may give away, allowing the ankle joint to move too far. If ligaments connecting the foot and anklebones over stretch or tear, a sprain is the result. These sudden injuries cause pain both at the time they occur and throughout the healing process. Depending on the sprain, swelling and bruising may extend from your ankle to your foot. With proper care, however, sprains can heal correctly. And, in many cases, you can reduce the risk of reinjury.

Left untreated, sprains may not heal properly, making reinjury more likely.

How are ankle sprains treated?
Before recommending treatment, your doctor examines your ankle and foot. He or she feels for damaged ligaments, inflamed tendons, and any misplaced bones or joints. X-rays of your ankle may be taken to rule out a fracture. Depending on your injury, treatment may range from pain control to immobilization of the joint. If the sprain is severe or if a bone is damaged, surgery may be needed.

Pain control

For a mil to moderate sprain, a few days of home care will help sped up healing. Remember to use RICE (which stands for rest, ice, compress, and elevate) to reduce pain and swelling.

  • Rest the sprained ankle. Do not stand on it for at least a day or two.

  • Ice the sprain as often as possible. Apply ice to the injury for 20 minutes. Remove the cold pack and wait for another 20 minutes. Then ice again. Protect your skin by placing a bandage or thin towel between the ice and your body.

  • Compress (wrap) the swollen ankle with an elastic bandage.

  • Elevate your sprained ankle above your heart level.

To help reduce pain and swelling your doctor may suggest using a medication, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, in addition to RICE.

Immobilize severe sprains
If damage or pain is severe, your doctor may tape, splint, or cast the sprain. Once immobilized, the torn tissue can rest and heal in the proper position. You may need to use crutches temporarily if your foot cannot support weight.

If surgery is needed
In some cases, a sprain may completely tear a ligament or pull it away from the bone. This type of injury may require surgery. After surgery, your foot will be placed in a cast to ensure proper healing.

What helps recovery?
Depending on the severity of the sprain, your ankle may hurt for a month or more. Once healing is well underway, however, your doctor may suggest exercise to strengthen the ankle. If swelling results, ice and elevate can help control it.

Exercise your ankle
Talk with your doctor before starting to exercise your ankle. If your doctor agrees, increase flexibility by ding your ABCs. Use your foot to spell out the alphabet in the air. Later you may want to try the strength-building exercise below.

  • Sit on the ground with the injured ankle straight in front of you. Bend your other leg. Place an elastic band or tubing around the foot of the ankle you sprained. Slowly point and relax your toes.

Control swelling
As you return to normal activities, your ankle may swell – especially after exercise or by the end of the day. Control this late-stage swelling with ice and elevation. Think of it as an excuse to put your feet up. Raise your ankle above heart level and apply ice or a cold pack, such as a bag of frozen peas, to the swollen area.

Can sprains be prevented?
The best way to prevent reinjury is to give a sprain time to heal fully. Once you’re back on your feet, think before you move. Choose the right view for activity. And remember to wear any splints, braces, or orthoses (custom- made shoe inserts) prescribed by your doctor.

Protect your feet
Give your ankle the support it needs. Follow these tips to help prevent reinjury:

  • Wear height top lace up shoes for extra stability.

  • Choose shoes with cushioned insoles if you walk or run on roads or pavement.

  • Be careful walking and running on rough ground to avoid tripping.

  • Vary the direction of your route to avoid overusing your muscles. And stretch both before and after you exercise.
Lakeland Podiatrist Coast 2 Coast Podiatry Group is a poidiatry office providing Ankle Sprains, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Lakeland, FL. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 33809 area and surrounding areas in Lakeland