Sprained Ankle

Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center

Hermoz B. Ayvazian, DPM, FACFAS, QME

Podiatry located in Glendale, CA & Burbank, CA

A sprained ankle is a common but often an extremely painful injury that can cause long-term weakening of the joint. Hermoz Ayvazian, DPM, FACFAS, QME, and his team at Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center provide expert services for those with ankle injuries, including sprained ankles, at their branches in Glendale and Burbank, Los Angeles. To receive the best possible care for your sprained ankle and avoid chronic pain and instability, call Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center today, or book an appointment online.

Sprained Ankle Q & A

What is a sprained ankle?

A sprained ankle is an injury that stretches the ligaments in your ankle beyond a point where they can remain intact. The stretching can cause tears to the ligaments, resulting in pain, swelling, and loss of function.

Sprains affect ligaments, which are the connective tissues holding bones together and keeping the joint stable, whereas strains affect the tendons, which are the connective tissues that adhere muscles to bones.

What are the symptoms of a sprained ankle?

Symptoms typical of a sprained ankle include:

  • Pain, especially when standing or walking
  • Ankle is tender to touch
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Difficulty trying to circle the ankle
  • Ankle feels weak and unstable

The symptoms of a sprained ankle are similar to those of other injuries, such as strains and fractures, and it’s possible for two or more of these three injuries to occur at the same time. If you experience symptoms that could indicate a sprained ankle, it’s a good idea to visit Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center to see exactly what’s going on.

How are sprained ankles treated?

When you first sprain your ankle, you should follow the RICE protocol: Rest your ankle, put an icepack on it, wrap the ankle in a compression bandage, and elevate your ankle above the level of your heart. These first aid actions help prevent swelling and inflammation, and stop further tissue damage.

The team at Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center can provide a range of effective treatments for ankle injuries, after first determining the precise cause of your symptoms. 

Treatment options include:

  • Crutches to keep the weight off your ankle
  • Compression bandages or an ankle brace to provide joint stability
  • Immobilization aids for severe sprains
  • Physical therapy
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Balancing exercises

The team at Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center can help your ankle heal fully in a way that can be difficult using just home treatments. A sprained ankle that doesn’t heal properly is more likely to twist or bend again, and can be prone to further injury, so following your provider’s advice can save you a lot of pain and inconvenience in the future.

If you’ve hurt your ankle, don’t leave it to chance. Get the best available treatment by calling Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center today, or book an appointment online.