Foot And Ankle Sprains

The Foot and Ankle Sports Institute -  - Foot and Ankle Surgeon

The Foot and Ankle Sports Institute

Foot and Ankle Surgeons & Sports Medicine Specialists located in Burbank, CA & Santa Monica, Los Angeles, CA

At The Foot and Ankle Sports Institute, the team specializes in diagnosing and treating foot and ankle sprains. With years of experience in sports medicine and foot and ankle surgery, the experienced specialists are dedicated to providing the highest quality care to help you recover quickly and effectively. The practice is located in Burbank, West LA, and Agoura Hills, CA. Call to book an appointment or reach out online. 

What are foot and ankle sprains?

Foot and ankle sprains occur when the ligaments, the tough bands of tissue that connect bones, are stretched or torn. These injuries often happen during activities that involve sudden twisting or turning, such as sports or simply walking on an uneven surface. Sprains can vary in severity, from mild overstretching to complete tears of the ligament.

Symptoms of sprains

Common symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking. In more severe cases, you might also experience instability in the affected joint.

What causes foot and ankle sprains?

Foot and ankle sprains are usually caused by an awkward movement or impact that forces the joint out of its normal range of motion. This can happen during a variety of activities and under several conditions.

Common causes

  • Sports injuries: Engaging in sports that involve jumping, running, or sudden changes in direction, such as basketball or soccer, increases the risk of sprains.
  • Accidents: Missteps, falls, or collisions can lead to sprains.
  • Uneven surfaces: Walking or running on uneven ground can cause the foot to twist unnaturally.
  • Inadequate footwear: Wearing shoes that do not provide proper support can contribute to the risk of sprains.

How are foot and ankle sprains diagnosed?

Diagnosing a foot or ankle sprain involves a combination of physical examination and imaging tests. The team employs a thorough approach to ensure an accurate diagnosis.

Physical examination

During the physical exam, the doctor will check for swelling, bruising, and areas of tenderness around the affected joint. They may also assess the range of motion and stability of the joint.

Imaging tests

In some cases, X-rays or MRI scans may be necessary to rule out fractures or other injuries and to get a clearer view of the extent of the ligament damage.

What treatment options are available for foot and ankle sprains?

Treatment for foot and ankle sprains focuses on reducing pain and swelling, promoting healing, and restoring function. The Foot and Ankle Sports Institute offers a range of treatments tailored to the severity of the sprain and the needs of the patient.

Initial treatment

  • Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (RICE): This common method helps reduce swelling and pain in the initial stages of injury.
  • Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage discomfort.

Advanced treatment

  • Physical therapy: Exercises to improve strength, flexibility, and balance can aid recovery and prevent future sprains.
  • Bracing or casting: In more severe cases, a brace or cast may be necessary to immobilize the joint and allow it to heal properly.
  • Surgery: Rarely, severe sprains that involve significant ligament tears may require surgical intervention to repair the damaged tissues.

At The Foot and Ankle Sports Institute, the specialists are committed to helping you get back on your feet with personalized treatment plans and expert care. If you suspect you have a foot or ankle sprain, contact the office nearest you by phone or online to schedule an appointment. Let the experienced team guide you through your recovery journey.