Dr. Horton describes an ankle sprain.
Ankle sprains are probably the third most common orthopedic complaint that people have when they go to see the doctor. It is very common with sports and athletics, as well as sedentary lifestyles. Ankle sprain is basically a tearing of a ligament that supports the ankle joint. So typically the ligaments that span from the fibula to the talus are the most commonly injured, followed by the fibula and the calcaneus, as well as the tibia and the talus on the inside of the ankle.
The most common symptoms are going to be acute pain and swelling, as well as bruising. It can be quite dramatic sometimes that the amount of swelling, bruising and pain that can occur with a simple ankle sprain.
The best way to get over a sprain again is resting the ankle, immobilizing the ankle, icing it and using anti-inflammatory medications to control pain and swelling and followed by an early rehabilitation protocol. And the majority of patients who have an ankle sprain will get over it without any further problems; a small minority of patients will go on to have chronic instability secondary to an incompetent ligament.
About Dr. Horton, M.D.:
Dr. Eric R. Horton, M.D. is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in lower extremity conditions and ankle and foot reconstruction at Alvarado Orthopedic Medical Group. He has almost ten years of private practice experience in treating a wide range of adult, juvenile, and childhood orthopedic disorders including trauma, sports injuries, arthritis, leg deformities, and other musculoskeletal conditions of the body.