Acute outer ankle sprain is a common injury that can occur in a variety of settings. The condition

is cause by twisting the ankle thus extending the related ligaments beyond their normal range of

motion. Our Atlanta podiatrist has extensive experience diagnosing and treating conditions of the

foot and ankle. Give us a call when you need us. Let us put our expertise to work for your good

health.

Causes of acute outer ankle sprain

Sprains frequently occur on the outside of the ankle. Common factors include:

  • Sports, such as those involving jumping like basketball, where landing may lead to

injury.

  • Walking, particularly on an uneven surface that may lead to twisting of the ankle and

subsequent injury.

  • Falling, because this can lead to rolling or twisting of the ankle and damage to the

ligaments of the ankle.

Symptoms of acute outer ankle sprain

If you have sprained your ankle you will likely experience:

  • Swelling
  • Pain on standing
  • Tenderness
  • Bruising

Symptoms may worsen if the sprain is left untreated and bruising and swelling may extend along

the foot and toes.

How our Atlanta podiatrist can help

Although sprains are common, it is important not to ignore them. Our Atlanta podiatrist will

perform a complete exam including:

  • Interview – be prepared to discuss the conditions under which the injury was sustained.
  • Touch – our Atlanta podiatrist will touch the ankle and surrounding area to determine

which ligaments have been injured.

  • Move – we will also use movement of the ankle to determine the range of motion still

available with the injury.

  • In some cases imaging may be required.

Because of the nature of the injury the exam can feel uncomfortable or even painful. Our Atlanta

podiatrist will take care to minimize your discomfort and arrive at an accurate diagnosis quickly.

Diagnosis

Ankle sprain is diagnosed and graded on a scale of one to three. Grade one is the most mild and

grade three is the most severe. This is an appropriate diagnosis with a complete tearing of the

ligament.

Treatment of acute ankle sprain

The RICE method is frequently indicated – Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Anti-

inflammatory medications are recommended for pain relief.

A complete examination can help our Atlanta podiatrist determine if other support is necessary.

Additional options include:

  • Immobilization
  • Crutches
  • Physical therapy

The course of action will be determined by the severity of the sprain. You should expect to make

a full recovery in two to twelve weeks. Again, recovery times vary depending upon the severity

of the sprain. In very rare cases, surgery is indicated.

If you suspect an acute ankle sprain it is important to seek treatment. Early intervention produces

the best outcomes for return to normal activities of daily living. Our Atlanta podiatrist can help

you understand the extent of your injury and prescribe a treatment plan that promotes full

healing. When you need us give us a call. We are here to help.

Dr. Fui Dawson
Podiatrist in Marietta, GA, Dr. Fui Dawson, is a Harvard trained Foot & Ankle Specialist treating patients in Marietta, GA and in the surrounding communities. Our clinic, Advanced Foot and Ankle Institute of Georgia, offers treatment for all foot and ankle conditions.