Sprained Ankle Specialist

Range Foot & Ankle

Katie Evans, DPM

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Specialist located in Virginia, MN & Ely, MN

Every day, approximately 25,000 Americans experience a sprained ankle. If you or a loved one rolls or twists an ankle, it’s important to seek professional help to prevent further damage. Katie Evans, DPM, at Range Foot & Ankle in Virginia and Two Harbors, Minnesota, proudly offers comprehensive care for sprained ankles. To make your appointment, call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool today.

Sprained Ankle Q & A

What is a sprained ankle?

A sprained ankle occurs when you roll, twist, or step down on your foot in an awkward way. Ultimately, a sprain causes the ligaments that surround your ankle -- tough bands of fibrous tissue -- to overextend and develop small tears. Conservative measures of care are usually enough to treat mild ankle sprains. However, moderate or serious sprains often require professional medical intervention.

What are the symptoms of a sprained ankle?

The symptoms of a sprained ankle depend on the cause and severity of your injury. However, telltale signs include: 

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Restricted range of motion
  • Instability
  • Pain

You might also notice that your affected ankle makes popping or clicking sounds when you rotate it. 

When should I see a doctor regarding a sprained ankle?

If you suspect you’ve sprained your ankle, call Dr. Evans and explain your symptoms. If your pain and bruising are mild, you probably don’t need to schedule an appointment. However, if you experience significant swelling or bruising, it may point to a more serious problem such as a ligament injury or broken bone. Following a discussion, Dr. Evans can make a recommendation for your individual situation. 

Who is at risk of a sprained ankle?

Sprained ankles affect people of all ages and backgrounds, but there are factors that may increase your risk, including: 

  • Playing sports
  • Walking on uneven surfaces
  • A history of ankle injuries
  • Wearing improper shoes

You’re also more likely to suffer a sprained ankle if you don’t exercise frequently. If your ankles are weak or inflexible, you’re more likely to roll them. 

What’s the treatment for a sprained ankle?

Whenever possible, Dr. Evans recommends conservative at-home treatments to treat pain caused by a sprained ankle. She might recommend rest, ice, compression, and elevation (the RICE protocol) or over-the-counter pain medication to ease swelling and pain. For more serious sprains, physical therapy or support casts might be necessary. 

If your ankle remains unstable after physical therapy or your pain persists for months at a time, surgical intervention may be necessary. There are a few different types of surgery to address sprained ankles; some repair a damaged ligament while others involve ligament reconstruction.

It’s important to take sprained ankles seriously. The sooner you seek treatment, the sooner you can return to your normal routine. Make an appointment at Range Foot & Ankle today by calling the office nearest you or by clicking the online booking tool.