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
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
- Walking, particularly on an uneven surface that may lead to twisting of the ankle and
- 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:
- Pain on standing
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.
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
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:
- 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.