When you twist your ankle, you may experience a quick jolt of pain but remain otherwise unharmed; however, in some cases, this type of injury may result in a sprain. It is a common misconception that ankle sprains are generally minor and are not something that should be cause for concern, but a sprain may tear ligaments or even lead to long-term issues. Depending on the injury, the likelihood of a recurrence, and other factors, Dr. Chanda J. Corbin can provide ankle sprain treatment that can help you alleviate pain and regain mobility. Patients in Romeo, MI, can benefit from Dr. Corbin's genuine concern for her patients' well-being as well as her skill and experience as a board-certified foot and ankle physician and surgeon.
Understanding How an Ankle Sprain Occurs
An ankle sprain occurs when ligaments are torn due to a rapid movement while the foot is in a planted position. In these instances, the ankle shifts one direction while the foot turns the other way. Typically, the ankle shifts outward while the foot turns inward, a process that stretches the ligaments within the outer region of the ankle.
While these injuries are common among athletes or other highly active individuals, a sprain can easily occur if you accidentally slip or trip while walking.
Defining the Severity of Your Sprain
When you sprain your ankle, certain symptoms are typically exhibited that may indicate the severity of the injury. The severity of your symptoms typically indicates the type of sprain you have suffered:
- A mild ankle sprain will feel tender, show some swelling, and may be stiff. However, you can typically walk on the ankle with minimal pain.
- Bruising, tenderness, and pain when attempting to put weight on the ankle may indicate a moderate sprain.
- In the case of a severe ankle sprain, you will likely be unable to walk without the ankle giving out.
Patients often confuse an ankle sprain with a fracture. It is important to seek medical attention if you believe you may have sustained an ankle injury of any kind.
Properly Diagnosing Your Injury
Planning the best treatment begins with the correct diagnosis of your injury. To rule out a break or fracture, Dr. Corbin will review x-rays of your ankle. An MRI is typically used to evaluate the soft tissue to determine the cause of your pain and what conditions are present. In addition to the ankle and foot, the lower leg and knee may also be examined.
Patients diagnosed with a sprained ankle can discuss the details of their injury with Dr. Corbin. The solution provided will depend on the extent of your injury, the effect it has on your daily life, and your goals for treatment.
Patients can benefit from Dr. Corbin's genuine concern for her patients' well-being as well as her skill and experience as a board-certified podiatrist.
Your Ankle Sprain Treatment Options
Dr. Corbin provides a range of ankle sprain treatment ranging from conservative methods to surgical stabilization. By offering her patients diverse solutions, she strives to ensure that you are comfortable with your decision.
While conservative options such as rehabilitation, sports massage, and the RICE method are often the first line of treatment, some patients may require a surgical procedure or choose to forgo these methods in favor of a surgical solution. Surgical care is performed by Dr. Corbin at Beaumont Medical Center, where she is also a physician.
Dr. Corbin provides some advanced techniques for those who seek surgical treatment including:
- Brostrom Technique
- This lateral ankle stabilization technique is performed to repair injured ligaments on the outside of the ankle. This procedure is meant to treat instability and improve overall mobility and function of the ankle.
- Ankle Reconstruction with PRP Therapy
- Reconstructive surgery can be combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy for improved recovery.
- Tendon and Suture Anchors
- Tendon and suture anchors are often used for successful reattachment and/or reconstruction of tendons and ligaments to the bone.
Confidence in the Best Ankle CareDr. Corbin attends to every patients with the highest level of care. Whether you decide to undergo surgical stabilization or choose non-surgical rehabilitation, she can help you recover. Schedule a consultation today by contacting us online or calling us at (586) 372-7200.
Do not let foot and ankle problems slow you down. Put your best foot forward with the professionals at Washington Foot and Ankle. Call (586) 372-7200 to make a same-day appointment or schedule online. We will be more than happy to help you get back on your feet.