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Ankle Sprains Specialist

InStride Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Center

Zachary Nellas, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Charlotte, NC

Ankle sprains are a common injury that can lead to varying degrees of pain and instability in your ankle. If you suffer from a sprained ankle, board-certified podiatrist Zachary Nellas, DPM, and the team at InStride Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Center, in Charlotte, North Carolina, can help you find the right treatment for relieving your pain and restoring your physical performance. To speak with a foot and ankle specialist about your injury, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Ankle Sprains Q & A

What is an ankle sprain?

An ankle sprain is a painful injury that affects the ligaments that help hold the bones in your ankles together. Ligaments help stabilize your joints, preventing them from moving excessively. An ankle sprain is caused by awkward movements like sudden twisting or rolling that stretches your ligaments past their normal limits. Ankle sprains can range from minor to severe. If your ankle sprain is severe, it can cause your ligaments to tear completely. 

Ankle sprains commonly occur during sports like soccer, basketball, football, and tennis. Falling or walking on uneven surfaces can also result in an ankle sprain. Without treatment, an ankle sprain can weaken the stability of your ankle and leave you prone to repeated ankle sprains. Over time, repeated ankle sprains can result in chronic ankle pain, chronic instability, and arthritis in your ankle joint.  

What are the symptoms of an ankle sprain?

Common symptoms of an ankle sprain include:

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Limited range of motion
  • Tenderness
  • Inability to bear weight on your foot
  • Ankle instability

Many people experience a popping sensation during the time of their injury. Your symptoms can vary depending on the severity of your sprain. If you experience symptoms, the foot and ankle experts at InStride Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Center can determine the most effective treatment for you. 

How are ankle sprains diagnosed?

Your diagnosis begins with a physical exam and discussion of your symptoms and the details of your injury. Determining the severity of your ankle sprain is essential to providing you with the right treatment. During your physical exam, Dr. Nellas checks for tenderness, pain, and limited range of motion. Depending on your injury, Dr. Nellas may order imaging tests like an X-ray or MRI. After your diagnosis, you and Dr. Nellas work together to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for your ankle sprain. 

How are ankle sprains treated?

InStride Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Center takes a comprehensive approach to patient care. Dr. Nellas may combine a number of conservative treatments to effectively treat your injury. Depending on your condition, your treatment plan may include: 

  • RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Bracing
  • Crutches
  • Physical therapy

In severe cases, your ankle sprain may require surgery to repair your torn ligaments. Dr. Nellas has extensive experience helping men and women recover from sprained ankles with both conservative and surgical treatment. To find out which solution is right for you, call or book an appointment online today with InStride Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Center.