Ankle Sprains Specialist

Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics

Podiatry located in Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, and Chicago, IL

Ankle sprains are a relatively common injury, but each sprain needs personalized attention to get the right care. Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics is a practice with three locations that include Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, and the Norwood Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The practice, boasting highly trained providers Khalid Husain, DPM, Gene Choi, DPM, Jennifer Kirchens, DPM, and Christina Sarantopoulos, DPM, has the experience and knowledge to effectively treat your ankle sprains and get you back on your feet quickly. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.

Ankle Sprains Q & A

What is an ankle sprain?

When your ankle is turned in or rolled in an abnormal way, the soft tissues and ligaments may be injured, which is called an ankle sprain. Ankle sprains can happen in a number of ways that include playing a sport that involves a lot of movement. They can also occur during everyday routine activities, such as stepping off a curb or walking down the stairs. It’s one of the most common injuries sustained by people of all ages and physical capabilities.

What are the symptoms of an ankle sprain?

Ankle sprains are very painful, so it’s important to know what caused it in the first place. Symptoms have different pain levels. In some cases, you simply overstretch your ligaments. In other cases, you can tear them.

Unfortunately, ankle sprains can sometimes be more painful than a break and can also take longer to heal. Symptoms of an ankle sprain include:

  • Inability to apply pressure or weight
  • Instability when walking
  • Swelling in your ankle
  • Tenderness when touched
  • Redness and warmth in the area
  • Lack of mobility due to pain or stiffness

If you believe you have a sprain, put ice on it as soon as possible to manage the swelling and rest. If your symptoms don’t improve, see your provider at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics to have it assessed and treated professionally.

How are ankle sprains treated?

Getting treatment started right away is the key to healing more quickly. The best way to treat an ankle sprain is to remember the word RICE, which stands for: 

  • Rest, meaning stay off the ankle to allow it to heal
  • Ice, you should apply ice to reduce swelling
  • Compression, which means you should wrap the ankle to stop swelling
  • Elevation, or keep your ankle above your heart to help control swelling

Your specialist might prescribe mild pain relievers if your discomfort is severe. Anti-inflammatory agents calm the swelling down and help you get back to activity fairly quickly. As healing starts to progress, you can start putting weight on the ankle.

At Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics, your physician may have you wear a brace to support your ankle to reduce strain on the area. It can take up to six weeks for complete healing to occur, but some swelling may still be visible.

Ankle sprains can also be treated surgically by repairing the ligament tears, but most surgeons like to use nonsurgical treatments first since the body can ultimately heal on its own. Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics has patient-friendly, nonsurgical and surgical options, allowing quick recovery.

If you have symptoms of an ankle sprain, the experts at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics can evaluate your condition and personalize your treatment. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.