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By Active Podiatry
May 17, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: sprained ankle  

A sprained ankle can cause pain and discomfort, as well as instability. A sprain makes it difficult to stand or walk on the injured ankle. Mild ankle sprains can often be treated at home, but more serious ankle sprains are best treated by a podiatrist. Untreated ankle sprains that do not heal properly can lead to long-term ankle pain and other problems. At Active Podiatry, Dr. Yong Chae is your Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, IN, foot doctor for the treatment of ankle sprains.

Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains occur when the ankle twists the wrong way. For instance, the ankle might roll outward as your foot is turning inward. When the ankle turns in a different direction than the foot, ligaments in the ankle can be over-stretched and tear. Activities that put you at risk of spraining your ankle include working out, participating in sports, or performing high-impact movements, such as jumping. You can also sprain your ankle when walking on uneven surfaces or when wearing unstable footwear, such as high heels.

There are several signs that your ankle pain is due to a sprain. Signs you may have sprained your ankle include:

  • Pain or discomfort
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Instability
  • Limited range of motion

Treatment Options

Several methods and options are available for treating ankle sprains. Your Indianapolis and Crawfordsville foot doctor can recommend the right combination of treatments for healing your particular injury. Treatments for ankle sprains include:

  • Elevation and rest
  • Ice or a cold compress
  • Compression bandages, braces, or splints
  • Physical therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Stretching
  • Pain relievers
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Surgery (for serious sprains)

The best way to prevent an ankle sprain is to strengthen the ankles and increase flexibility. Special exercises can increase strength, while stretching can improve flexibility. Wearing shoes the fit properly and provide stability can also help prevent ankle sprains.

If you have injured your ankle and have any of the signs of a sprain, see a podiatrist who can determine the severity of the injury and prescribe an appropriate course of treatment. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Chae, call Active Podiatry at (317) 328-6622 for the Indianapolis office or (765) 362-7200 for the Crawfordsville office.

By Active Podiatry
June 14, 2016
Category: Foot Care

An injury which keeps you from comfortably going about your daily activities can be a frustrating and annoying experience. While a sprained ankletwisted ankle may heal within just a few days, a sprained ankle is a much more complex medical issue. Learn more about sprained ankles with help from your Indianapolis, IN podiatrist at Active Podiatry, Dr. Yong S. Chae.

What is a sprained ankle? 
A sprained ankle occurs when the ligaments in the ankle become damaged or torn. This is often due to a traumatic event such as twisting your ankle. The first sign of an ankle sprain is immediate pain, bruising, and swelling at the site of the injury. The ankle will probably be tender to the touch and hurt when you move it. Most ankle sprains prevent you from putting weight on the affected foot.

What should I do if I sprain my ankle? 
A good rule of thumb for any foot or ankle injury is that if it hurts, you should stay off of it. Use the “RICE” method until you can see your Indianapolis podiatrist:

  • Rest: Rest your foot and ankle and refrain from putting any weight on it as much as you can to trigger the body’s natural self-healing methods.
  • Ice: Apply an ice pack to the swollen, painful ankle for about 10 minutes an hour the first day. This helps reduce pain and swelling.
  • Compression: Wrap the ankle using a compression wrap like an ACE bandage to help bring down swelling.
  • Elevation: Keep the foot elevated above your heart for several hours a day to reduce bruising and swelling.

If you think you have sprained your ankle, schedule an appointment at Active Podiatry as soon as possible. An untreated sprain can become worse and take longer to heal or even produce more complicated issues. After using an x-ray to determine for certain that the bones are not broken, Dr. Chae can help you determine the best course of treatment for your ankle at your appointment.

For more information on ankle sprains and their treatment, please contact Dr. Yong S. Chae at Active Podiatry in Indianapolis, IN. Call (317) 328-6622 to schedule your examination today!