Understanding Your Ankle Sprain

It is estimated that about 25,000 people get an ankle sprain, daily. This common ankle issue can happen to men and women, athletes and non-athletes, alike. It is important to recognize if you have an ankle sprain and understand how to properly treat it.

Do I Have an Ankle Sprain?

These are some of the most common symptoms that you may have an ankle sprain:

  • Mild to severe ankle pain
  • Swelling in the ankle area
  • Difficulty moving your ankle
  • Bruising of the ankle
  • In severe sprains, can experience ankle instability

Often times, people with Grade I or II sprains can still move or walk with little or no pain. However, if you have a Grade III sprain, you may not be able walk at all.

What to Do If I Have an Ankle Sprain?

If you think you have an ankle sprain, it is important to contact Dr. Hyderi and her team at Foot and Ankle Specialists of Illinois. Dr. Hyderi will need to perform a thorough exam, which may include an X-ray or MRI, depending on the severity of your ankle injury.

What Are the Treatments for an Ankle Sprain?

  • Rest- In order to properly rest the ankle, you will need to avoid putting any weight on it.
  • Ice- In order to reduce swelling, it is necessary to apply ice until your symptoms are gone.
  • Elevate- Be sure to keep your ankle elevated while sitting or lying down to reduce swelling.
  • Take an anti-inflammatory- Ibuprofen, Naproxen, and Asprin can all help to reduce pain as well as swelling. Be sure to consult with Dr. Hyderi first before taking any pain reliever.

Dr. Hyderi and the Foot and Ankle Specialists of Illinois specialize in comprehensive foot and ankle care. For more information, or help with your foot or ankle issue, contact us today.