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Ankle Sprain Specialist

Chicagoland Foot and Ankle

Board Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists & Surgeons located in Beverly/Mt. Greenwood, Portage Park Chicago, IL & Orland Park, IL & New Lenox, IL

Each year, more than one million Americans visit the emergency room due to ankle sprains. Though common, without early intervention, sprains can result in long-term problems, including ankle instability. At Chicagoland Foot and Ankle, with locations in the Beverly/Mt. Greenwood and Portage Park areas of Chicago, as well as Orland Park and New Lenox, Illinois, the board-certified foot and ankle specialists provide safe and effective ankle sprain treatment. To schedule an appointment, book online, or call the nearest office today.

Ankle Sprain Q&A

What is an ankle sprain?

An ankle sprain occurs when you stretch or overextend the ligaments surrounding your ankle joint. Ligaments are thick bands of fibrous tissue that stabilize your joints and prevent excessive movement. 

If you roll your ankle or step down in an awkward way, it can force the ligaments beyond their normal range of motion. Ultimately, this results in a variety of uncomfortable symptoms that can keep you sidelined for weeks.

Minor sprains typically respond to conservative measures of care like ice and rest, but more serious sprains often require professional intervention.

What are the symptoms of an ankle sprain?

Common symptoms of an ankle sprain include:

  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Ankle instability
  • Ankle pain
  • Restricted range of motion

Following an ankle sprain, you might also notice that your joint makes a clicking or popping noise.

What should I do if I experience an ankle sprain?

If you experience an ankle sprain, contact the team at Chicagoland Foot and Ankle. Even if you suspect your sprain is minor, it’s important to speak with a qualified professional. After explaining your symptoms, the team can determine if you require a professional evaluation.

Who is at risk of suffering an ankle sprain?

Ankle sprains occur frequently and in people of all ages. Several factors may increase your risk, including playing sports that require jumping, running, or twisting, walking or running on uneven surfaces, and wearing improper or ill-fitting footwear. 

You’re also more likely to suffer an ankle sprain if you have a history of previous ankle injuries.

How is an ankle sprain diagnosed?

The team at Chicagoland Foot and Ankle diagnose an ankle sprain by physically examining your lower leg and ankle. Your provider gently moves your foot and ankle to test their range of motion and checks for points of swelling or tenderness. 

If you have a severe sprain, your provider might recommend diagnostic imaging, like an X-ray, ultrasound, MRI, or CT scan, to get a closer look at your ankle joint and the surrounding ligaments. 

How is an ankle sprain treated?

Treatment of an ankle sprain depends on the severity of your symptoms. At Chicagoland Foot and Ankle, the team focuses on three specific goals:

  • Reducing pain and swelling
  • Healing your ligaments
  • Restoring function to your ankle

Mild ankle sprains typically respond to conservative treatments like rest, ice, compression, and elevation (the RICE protocol) and over-the-counter pain medication. You might also benefit from custom orthotics, sports taping, an ankle support brace, or physical therapy.

If your ankle fails to heal, surgical intervention may be necessary. The team might recommend surgery to repair or reconstruct your ligament.

To receive comprehensive care for an ankle sprain, schedule an appointment at Chicagoland Foot and Ankle. Book a consultation online, or call the nearest office today.