Ankle Sprain - Carrollton, TX
Dr. Heier provides treatment for a wide range of orthopedic conditions affecting the foot and ankle. He specializes in treating ankle injuries such as sprains, strains, fractures etc.  

Ankle Sprain

Ankle Sprain is a common injury that occurs when the ankle gets twisted (inwards or outwards) resulting in stretching or tearing of the ligaments. Several strong ligaments join the ankle bones and help in movement. The ligaments that get affected during a sprain are:

  • ATFL (anterior talofibular ligament) connecting the talus and the fibula
  • CFL (calcanealfibular ligament) connecting the fibula and the calcaneus
  • PTFL (posterior talofibular ligament) which lies at the back of the ankle

The lateral part of the ankle is more prone to getting sprained.  A sprain may occur when a person falls on an uneven surface or the foot gets twisted under the leg.  The patient generally get back to their normal activities after a few days of treatment but repeated sprains or neglecting a sprained ankle may result in severe damage to the ankle joint.

Causes Of Ankle Sprain

  • Walking, running or falling on uneven surfaces
  • Hindfoot Varus, a condition where a person’s heels turn slightly inwards
  • People who have sprained their ankle in the past are likely to suffer the injury again
  • Weak foot muscles causing instability
  • Twisting or rolling of the foot

Symptoms Of Ankle Sprain

  • Severe pain
  • Swelling and bruising of the ankle
  • Inability to bear the body weight on the affected foot
  • Discomfort and pain while walking
  • The ankle may become tender and pains when touched
  • A popping sound may be heard in case of severe sprain

Diagnosis Of Ankle Sprain

An orthopedic doctor may conduct a diagnosis through a physical examination of the foot. The swelling, pain and bruising of the ankle helps the doctor assess the severity of the sprain. However, an X-ray may be conducted to rule out any further damage such as fracture.

Treatment For Ankle Sprain

Ankle sprains are majorly treated through non-surgical methods which may comprise of the following methods:

  • Resting the foot for atleast 2-3 days depending on the severity of the sprain
  • Applying ice packs to reduce pain and swelling
  • Keeping the foot elevated
  • Compression
  • Wearing a temporary brace to enhance the stability
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy to strengthen the muscles and ligaments and prevent future injury
Surgery may be required in case of cartilage damage or any other related injury along with the sprain. It may also be recommended for people who have weak ligaments and are more susceptible to suffering an ankle sprain.

For treatment of ankle sprains and other orthopedic conditions, visit Dr. Heier. To schedule an appointment with the ankle doctor in Carrollton, TX, call at (972) 492 – 1334.