The symptoms that a sprained ankle may cause can be mild or severe depending on the grade and location of the sprain. An accurate diagnosis is vital in order to correctly determine the type and severity of the sprain as well as determine the best treatment strategy. Diagnostic imaging such as a CT scan or MRI of the ankle may be ordered as well an x-ray to rule out a fracture of the ankle bones. This is especially important with a high ankle sprain as this injury has a high correlation of a fracture occurring along with the sprain. Other symptoms besides significant pain that you may experience include:
● Significant swelling, erythema (reddening of skin), and warmth of the ankle joint
● Feelings of instability and increased pain when you attempt to bear weight on the ankle
● You may develop a low-grade fever in the body’s attempt to ward off infectionIf You Are Experiencing Symptoms, Schedule an Appointment Dr. Burke Orthopedics Immediately.
The extent of treatment for a sprained ankle depends on the severity but initial measures to be taken are the same. These measures include following the RICE Protocol:
● Elevation; when elevating, lie down and raise the foot to a point above the level of the heart in order to facilitate blood flow
If severe enough of an injury, surgical intervention may be necessary to repair the sprained ligament, especially if it is completely torn.