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Ankle Sprain Specialist

Tussey Mountain Foot & Ankle Specialists

Foot and Ankle Surgery & Podiatric Medicine located in State College, PA

Ankle sprains are a common injury, affecting up to 2 million Americans every year. Though not always a serious injury, an ankle sprain can lead to long-term problems when left untreated. Andrew Bernhard, DPM, and Kaitlyn Bernhard, DPM, are experienced foot and ankle surgeons who specialize in diagnosing and treating ankle sprains at Tussey Mountain Foot & Ankle Specialists. For comprehensive care for your ankle sprain, call the office in State College, Pennsylvania, or schedule an appointment online today.

Ankle Sprain Q & A

What is an ankle sprain?

An ankle sprain is an overstretching or tearing of the ligaments that support the ankle. 

Ligaments are connective tissues that hold bones together. In the ankle, the ligaments keep the bones in the proper position, provide joint stability, and assist in movement.

Any forceful twisting of the foot may cause an ankle sprain. You can also sprain your ankle walking on an uneven surface, during a fall, or when the foot rolls playing a sport such as basketball or tennis.

What are the symptoms of an ankle sprain?

Pain in your ankle is the most common symptom of a sprain. Your ankle may also swell and bruise and feel unstable when you attempt to walk.

You may have a severe ligament tear if you hear or feel a pop during the injury. 

Symptoms of an ankle sprain are similar to an ankle fracture, and both injuries require immediate medical attention.

How is an ankle sprain diagnosed?

The experts at Tussey Mountain Foot & Ankle Specialists perform thorough evaluations to diagnose ankle sprains. During the exam, your provider reviews your symptoms and the cause of the injury.

Your provider examines your ankle, looks for damaged ligaments, and assesses swelling, pain, and movement, which helps determine the extent of your injury. They may order imaging tests to confirm or rule out an ankle fracture.

How is an ankle sprain treated?

Treatment for your ankle sprain depends on the severity of your injury. However, most ankle sprains heal without surgery. Initial treatment for your ankle sprain at Tussey Mountain Foot & Ankle Specialists may include:

  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE)
  • Crutches to assist with walking
  • Bracing
  • At-home exercise and stretching program
  • Physical therapy

If your ankle sprain fails to heal with nonsurgical treatments or you have ankle instability, the experts at Tussey Mountain Foot & Ankle Specialists may recommend surgical intervention.

The foot and ankle surgeons examine and repair your ankle sprain using minimally invasive arthroscopic tools and techniques. During surgery, they may stitch or suture the torn ligament or reconstruct the ligament using a tissue graft from a tendon or ligament in your foot.

With the proper care, you can expect a full recovery from an ankle sprain. Call Tussey Mountain Foot & Ankle Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.