Sprained Ankle

Animas Foot & Ankle -  - Podiatry

Animas Foot & Ankle

Podiatry located in Monticello, UT

Does your foot hurt because you had an accident? Are you wondering if you sprained your ankle, ruptured a tendon, or broke a bone? The expert podiatrists at Animas Foot & Ankle in Monticello, Utah, will diagnose your ankle injury using their state-of-the-art technology, so you can get prompt relief and begin the healing process. To get top-notch care right away, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

Sprained Ankle Q & A

What are the Symptoms of a Sprained Ankle?

Most people sprain their ankle at some point in their lives by tripping, landing wrong from a jump, or by twisting their ankle when changing directions. It’s a painful experience, and your ankle can become swollen very quickly. In addition to pain and swelling, common signs of a sprained ankle include:

  • Bruising around the ankle
  • Limited range of motion
  • Inability to put weight on your foot
  • Redness, warmth, and tenderness to the touch

If it’s just a sprain, you may be able to recover with ice and rest. But if your pain persists, or your symptoms worsen, you should get a professional evaluation by the skilled podiatrists at Animas Foot & Ankle. What you believe to be an ankle sprain could be a fracture that requires medical treatment.

How Does a Podiatrist Diagnose and Treat a Sprained Ankle?

Depending on the severity of your condition, your doctor may be able to make a diagnosis by seeing and feeling your ankle. If more information is needed, you may need X-rays to determine if any bones are broken or if any ligaments, tendons, or muscles are injured. Your treatment may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • A support brace or walking boot
  • Physical therapy

Your provider may also recommend the RICE method. This stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Your doctor will take a conservative approach to your injury and only recommend surgery for severe cases, such as if they need to repair a bone, tendon, or ligament. They’ll explain your type of sprain and your treatment options.

What’s the Difference Between a Strained Ankle and a Sprained Ankle?

  • Strains: When you stretch or tear a muscle or tendon, it’s called a strain. Tendons connect your muscles to your bones. Your Achilles tendon, for example, connects your calf muscle to your heel bone. So you could have a muscle strain or a tendon strain.
  • Sprains: When you stretch or tear a ligament, it’s called a sprain. Ligaments connect bone to bone to form a joint, such as your ankle. A sprained ankle involves the ligaments, while a strained ankle involves your muscles or tendons. In both cases, you may experience similar symptoms, so you should go to Animas Foot & Ankle to get a proper diagnosis and the treatment you need.

To get your ankle injury treated, book an appointment online over the phone at Animas Foot & Ankle today.

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Foot & Ankle Services