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Ankle Sprain

Ankle sprains occur when the foot lands with a sudden sideways motion, a twist, or a misstep and moves past its range of motion. This excess stress strains one or more ligaments in the ankle, causing them to stretch or tear. Ligaments are bands of tissue that connect one bone to another. If not treated properly, ankle sprains can develop into long-term problems.


The symptoms of an ankle sprain may include pain or soreness, swelling, bruising, difficulty walking, and stiffness in the joint. People who have sprained their ankle more than once often end up spraining it repeatedly. This condition is called ankle instability and occurs when there has been a complete tearing of the ligament or a dislocation of the ankle joint. Sometimes, pain and swelling are absent with an unstable ankle. 


At Ankle & Foot of Edmonds, we recommend seeking prompt treatment for ankle sprains. Failing to treat an ankle sprain could lead to chronic ankle instability or the failure to identify a bone fracture that has occurred in addition to the sprain. In order to heal properly, rehabilitation needs to begin right away. Until you can see one of our physicians, use the R.I.C.E. method – Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. At your appointment, Dr. Wardle, Dr. O’Rourke, or Dr. Nilson will examine your injury. Your podiatrist may take X-rays or order an MRI or CT scan to determine the severity of the sprain. Treatment may include the following:

Immobilization (walking boot)
Physical therapy
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAIDs)
Compression wraps

Only in severe cases would our physicians need to surgically repair the damaged ligament(s). Our foot and ankle physicians will help you prevent future sprains by providing you with warm-up exercises that maintain good strength, muscle balance, and flexibility. They will also recommend proper shoes and advise you to pay attention to walking, running, or working surfaces as well as heed your body’s warning signs to slow down when you feel pain or fatigue.

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If you think you’ve sprained your ankle and you’re located in the Greater Seattle Area, contact Ankle & Foot of Edmonds today to set up an appointment.

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