LOCATED IN HONOLULU, HI
Twisting, tearing, or overstretching one or more of the ligaments in your ankle can lead to an ankle sprain. If you experience an ankle injury, expert podiatrist Ken G Sakuda, DPM, offers pain-relieving treatments to help you recover and fully heal from your sprain. Call his office in Honolulu, HI, or schedule an appointment online today.
What are ankle sprains?
Ankle sprains are injuries to your connective ligaments. While the ligaments in your ankle are durable and strongly bind the bones in your ankle joint together, they can still be vulnerable if you push them beyond their limits. The ligaments stretch and bounce back into place, but certain movements that cause you to twist or roll your ankle can lead to an injury.
You may develop an ankle sprain if you:
Miss a step on a flight of stairs
Slip and fall down
Experience an injury after someone lands on your foot
Ankle sprains are especially common sports injuries because of the excessive strain you place on the joints while pushing yourself in fitness activities. This type of injury is also more likely to occur if you walk or run on uneven surfaces or wear unsupportive shoes.
How do I know if I sprained my ankle?
Patients can often tell if they sprained their ankle because of the symptoms they experience. Ankle sprains commonly lead to:
Difficulty bearing weight on the injured foot
Ankle sprains have similar symptoms to fractured bones, so it’s important to come into Foot Doc Hawaii to get foot X-rays or ultrasounds, so Dr. Sakuda can diagnose your injury properly and get you started on the proper treatment plan.
What is the treatment for ankle sprains?
Your ankle sprain treatment plan depends on the severity of your symptoms. Dr. Sakuda may recommend treatments such as:
Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE)
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
Stabilization with a cast, brace, or splint
Dr. Sakuda can refer you to a physical therapist to restore your flexibility, strength, balance, and range of motion in your ankle.
If you have serious ankle instability or a complete ligament tear, he may suggest surgery, but only as a last resort.
To learn the best way to recover from ankle sprains, call our office or schedule an appointment online today.