A sprained ankle can be a serious injury, one that could cause lasting damage if you don’t get proper treatment. At Beverly Hills Foot & Ankle, Dr. Nisha Krishnan, DPM, expertly diagnoses and treats sprained ankle injuries to help you walk without pain again. Call our office to schedule an appointment today.
A sprained ankle is ligament damage that happens because of unusual ankle stress. You can sprain your ankle while pivoting, when stepping down, when walking on uneven ground, or in many other ways. Some ankle sprains are fairly mild and will resolve with rest, but others require treatment or the possibility of surgery.
In a Grade 1 sprained ankle, the ligaments holding your ankle in place are slightly stretched. With this mildly sprained ankle, you may have some swelling and discomfort. Usually, this type of ankle sprain responds to conservative treatment including rest.
In a Grade 2 sprained ankle, you have a partial tear in an ankle ligament. Grade 2 ankle injuries can be quite painful and may cause swelling and bruising. You might be unable to bear weight on your ankle.
In a Grade 3 sprained ankle, the sprain is a serious injury in which at least one of your ankle ligaments tears all the way across. You might hear a popping noise when you're injured, which is the sound of your ligament tearing. This type of ankle sprain is highly painful, and you usually can't bear weight on your foot at all. Grade 3 sprained ankles are typically quite swollen and bruised.
At Beverly Hills Foot & Ankle, Dr. Krishnan will evaluate your ankle and determine what type of damage you have so she can prescribe the most effective recovery plan.
Treatment typically starts with rest, ice application, and ankle elevation. Dr. Krishnan may also recommend ankle compression for support and to reduce swelling. If you have a severe ankle sprain, especially a grade 3, you might need surgery to tighten or repair the torn ligament.
Well-fitted footwear is key, and using proper sports safety equipment is also vital. Dr. Krishnan may also recommend physical therapy or prescribed exercises to help you rebuild strength in your ankle, which will help you avoid future ankle sprains.