Painful Sprained Ankle? Receive the Right Treatment in Louisville, KY

Athletic woman sitting on the floor in a gym rubbing her sprained ankle

A sprain is a ligament injury, and the ankle is particularly vulnerable. Why? The risk of trauma to that area of the body is relatively high during both sports and daily activities. A large and complex joint, the ankle connects the lower leg to the foot and is made up of three bones— the tibia, fibula, and talus—which are linked together by strong bands of fibrous tissue (ligaments). A sprained ankle occurs when one of these ligaments becomes overstretched or torn. The most common cause is a fall that forcefully twists the foot at an awkward angle, causing it to roll outward.

What To Do if You Injure Your Ankle

Both an ankle sprain and an ankle fracture can result from similar trauma. What’s more, both injuries can cause similar symptoms, such as pain, tenderness, swelling, bruising, and an inability to bear weight on the injured leg. Therefore, the only way to determine whether an injured ankle is sprained or fractured is to have it evaluated by a medical professional. When? It is important to seek medical attention right away for ankle pain that is severe, makes it impossible to walk, or does not improve after a few days of self-care. Many experts recommend PRICE therapy for a sprained ankle, which includes:

  • Protection – To help keep weight off the injured ligament as it heals, an ankle brace can be worn or a mobility aid, such as crutches or a cane, can be used.
  • Rest – A few days of rest followed by a gradual return to activity (as comfort permits) is generally the best approach.
  • Ice applications – An ice pack or cold compress can be applied to the painful ankle several times a day for 20 minutes at a time as needed.
  • Compression – The damaged ankle can be wrapped in an elastic bandage, which can provide support, reduce swelling, and improve comfort.
  • Elevation – While at rest, it can be beneficial to raise the injured ankle above heart level to help fluids drain away from the damaged tissues.

To diagnose an ankle injury, a physician will typically order imaging studies. It is essential to distinguish between an ankle sprain and an ankle fracture. The latter is a more serious bone injury that, if left untreated, can lead to chronic pain, ankle instability, and early-onset arthritis. Depending on the nature, severity, and location of the broken bone, ankle fracture treatment may involve casting (or a walking boot), physical therapy, or a surgical repair.

See a Foot & Ankle Specialist in Louisville

If you recently rolled your ankle, you can consult with a foot and ankle specialist at Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic. We’re a local and independently owned practice that emphasizes personalized care, prompt and convenient service, and world-class treatment. Contact us today to set up a consultation at our state-of-the-art sports medicine center in Louisville, KY. We offer online appointment scheduling as well as same-day acute care.

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Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic

4130 Dutchman's Lane,
Suite 300,Louisville 40207
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Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic

1425 State St.,
,New Albany 47150
(812) 920-0408

Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic
4130 Dutchman's Lane
Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40207

Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic
1425 State St.
New Albany, IN 47150