Your deltoid ligament connects your leg bone to your ankle. It has two layers, one deep and the

other superficial. Because of the ligament’s strength, deltoid or medial ankle sprains are less

common than other types of ankle sprains and can be more debilitating. Early intervention by an

experienced foot and ankle specialist is essential. Trust our Atlanta podiatrist to accurately

diagnosis deltoid ankle sprains or tears and put you on the road to recovery.

Causes of a deltoid ankle sprain or tear

These kinds of ankle injuries are more common with trauma, such as severe twisting on an

uneven surface or damage to the fibula. Other causes include overuse and sports such as ballet,

soccer and gymnastics.

Symptoms of a deltoid ankle sprain or tear

Deltoid sprains often bring symptoms that are tough to ignore. These include:

  • Rapid swelling
  • Pain
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Difficulty bearing weight with the impacted ankle – seek immediate attention
  • Bruising
  • Ankle looks deformed – seek immediate attention

If bruising, swelling and discomfort last more than a couple of days please call our Atlanta

podiatrist for an appointment.

Diagnosis of the condition

Our Atlanta podiatrist has experience treating a variety of conditions of the foot and ankle.

During the exam we will talk with you to understand how the injury occurred. Your recall of

events leading up to the sprain can offer clues that help us develop a complete picture of the

problem. We will also perform a physical exam taking note of your range of motion and level of

pain. Imaging, such as x-ray’s, may also be required.

Treatment of deltoid ankle sprain or tear

In most cases the injury can be successfully treated with RICE (rest, ice, compression and

elevation). Over the counter products such as Aleve can help with pain and swelling. Taping and

bracing of the injury can complement compression. The injured ankle should be elevated most of

the time, so plan accordingly at work and at home.

 

It is important to cut back on physical activities and avoid placing undue weight on the injured

ankle. For more severe sprains surgery and physical therapy may be required. You can expect to

make a full recovery in about eight months. That timeframe can be delayed by failure to observe

the treatment plan or an inaccurate diagnosis. We can help. Our Atlanta podiatrist understands all

conditions of the foot and ankle. We will work with you to accurately diagnose your condition

and provide excellent care. Let us get you back on your feet as quickly as possible.

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.
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