A lateral ankle sprain is an injury that occurs to one or more ligaments on the outside of the ankle. Ankle sprains are often caused by a fall or sudden motion in which the foot twists underneath the leg. Some ankle sprains can be worse than others so it is important to be evaluated by a physician early to help guide proper diagnosis and treatment. During your evaluation, your foot and ankle specialist will obtain a thorough history and perform a physical exam of your ankle. You will also likely receive x-rays to rule out any underlying bone fracture, as well. Depending on physical exam findings, advanced imaging such as an MRI may also be indicated to help further determine the severity of the injury. Most patients with lateral ankle sprains recover well with conservative treatments which include rest, activity modifications, ice, compression, elevation, anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy. In some patients with severe or chronic ankle sprains, surgery is necessary to repair the damaged ligaments.
If you suffer an ankle sprain, call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled foot and ankle physicians.