Dr. Desai is a leading foot and ankle surgeon serving Plano, TX. He provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of orthopedic conditions such as sprain, strain, fracture, dislocation, instability etc.

Ankle Sprain

Ankle sprain occurs when the ligaments in the ankle get stretched beyond their capacity. The condition may cause the ligaments to stretch or tear completely. Repeated sprains can lead to long-term joint pain, weakness, Ankle Arthritis and instability.

Causes Of Ankle Sprain

  • Rapid shifting movement with the foot planted on ground
  • Ankle rolls inward and the foot turns outwards
  • Walking on bumpy surfaces
  • Wearing inappropriate footwear

Symptoms Of Ankle Sprain

  • Inflammation and tenderness around the ankle
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Ankle may get unstable and feel ‘wobbly’
  • Inability to put weight on the affected ankle
  • Skin discoloration and bruising
  • Popping or snapping sound at the time of injury

Diagnosis Of Ankle Sprain

The doctor may conduct a thorough physical examination of the ankle to determine the extent of damage to the ligaments. He may ask the patient to move the ankle in various directions so as to check the range of motion. An X-ray may be conducted to rule out a fracture. In case a serious injury to the bone or ligaments is suspected, the doctor may also conduct an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Treatment For Ankle Sprain

Depending on the physical activity of the patient and severity of the sprain, the orthopedic doctor may suggest the following treatment options.

Non-surgical treatment

Bandages or brace support: Wrapping an elastic bandage or wearing an ankle brace may be recommended to provide support to the injured joint. Crutches may also be used to reduce discomfort while walking.

  • Elevation: Elevating the affected foot while sleeping may help in reducing inflammation.
  • Medication: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may also help in managing pain and swelling.
  • Rest: Complete rest is essential in gaining full recovery from the sprained ankle. The patient must not put any pressure on the affected joint.
  • Ice packs: Application of ice packs to the injured area may help in reducing swelling.

Surgical treatment

Surgery may be required if the damage to the ligaments is severe. There are two major surgical treatment methods:

  • Arthroscopy: This procedure involves looking inside the joint with a camera to assess if there are any loose fragments of cartilage.
  • Reconstruction surgery: In a reconstruction surgery, the surgeon may re-attach the damaged ligaments to the bone with stitches.

For effective treatment of ankle sprain, visit Dr. Desai. To schedule an appointment with the Plano, TX based foot and ankle surgeon, call at (972) 985 – 1072.