Sprained Ankle Specialist

Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano

Podiatrists located in Frisco, TX & Little Elm, TX & McKinney, TX

A sprained ankle is a type of injury that commonly affects runners and people who play sports like tennis, basketball, and soccer. If you experience symptoms of a sprained ankle, the board-certified podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano in Frisco, Little Elm, and McKinney, Texas, can determine the most effective treatment for you. The expert podiatry team offers advanced diagnostics and same-day appointments for urgent foot and ankle problems. To schedule your visit, call one of the offices or book online today.

Sprained Ankle Q & A

What causes a sprained ankle?

A sprained ankle is an injury that occurs when the ligaments in your ankle are overstretched or forced out of their normal position. Ligaments are thick bands of tissue that connect your bones and joints, providing stability to your ankle and preventing excessive movement. 

A sprained ankle can result from a fall, forceful blow, or awkward movements like twisting or rolling the ankle. Ankle sprains are common in sports, like soccer, tennis, and basketball, that require jumping and cutting movements. 

A sprained ankle can cause your ligaments to stretch or tear completely. The symptoms of your sprained ankle depend on the severity of your injury. 

What are the symptoms of a sprained ankle?

A sprained ankle is a common injury that typically involves the ligaments on the outer side of your ankle. Depending on the severity of your injury, your symptoms may include:

  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Inability to bear weight 
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Weakness or instability
  • Limited range of motion

Some people experience a popping sound or sensation at the time of their injury. If you experience symptoms of a sprained ankle, it’s important to seek prompt medical care. 

If left untreated, a sprained ankle can increase your risk of future ankle injuries and lead to serious complications like arthritis in the ankle joint or chronic ankle instability. 

Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano offers same-day appointments for urgent problems like fractures and sprained ankles. 

How are sprained ankles diagnosed?

Your podiatrist begins your diagnosis with a thorough physical exam, checking for tenderness, pain, and limited range of motion. In some cases, they may be able to diagnose your condition through a physical exam alone. 

If your condition is more complex, your doctor may conduct additional imaging tests, like an X-ray or MRI. Your doctor uses your examination to determine the severity of your injury and plan the best route for successful treatment. 

What treatments are available for a sprained ankle?

If your condition is mild, your doctor may recommend at-home treatments like rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) and over-the-counter pain relievers. In most cases, your doctor can effectively treat your injury with conservative treatments, including:

  • Physical therapy
  • Electrical nerve stimulation
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Continued passive motion (CPM)
  • Removable cast or brace

The goal of treatment is to relieve your pain, protect your ankle from further injury, and allow your ligaments to strengthen and heal. If your condition doesn’t respond to conservative care, you may need surgery. 

At Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano, the team works with you to find the right treatment for your injury. To speak with a podiatrist about your sprained ankle, book an appointment by phone or online today.