Podiatrists such as Dr. Lawrence J. Kales of Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle in the nature coast area in Florida have treated an entire array of different foot and ankle problems. Sometimes foot and ankle problems are very severe. Other times the condition is mild and easily treatable. Every foot is different and every injury is not quite like the other. One of the most common injuries that a podiatrist treats is an ankle sprain.
What exactly does it mean when you sprain your upper or lower ankle? A sprain is when the ligaments in the foot or ankle are severely overstressed. This stress causes them to become inflamed. Sometimes the ligaments can tear, swell or rupture as well. Without these ligaments, you would not be able to have a foot with the typical structure you are used to seeing. The ligaments hold the bones in the foot together and help to give it its shape and flexibility. When a sprain occurs, you can usually tell immediately after the initial injury.
A sprain can range from severe to minor. A few days of pain and slight swelling can be considered normal. If you have severe pain or have more than a few days of pain you should call Dr. Kales right away or seek medical attention at a local emergency room. This level of pain could be an indication of a more severe problem that should be treated immediately to prevent any permanent damage to the foot and the ankle.
Treatment for ankle sprains can vary widely. For a minor ankle sprain you can use rest, ice, compression and elevation. This will help the swelling go down, help alleviate the pain, and also allow for the body to heal faster. For a more severe sprain, you should see a podiatrist. After a close examination, he may recommend that physical therapy occur to best treat the afflicted ankle.
In order to tell whether or not you have a simple ankle sprain or something more severe, you should call 727-868-2128 or make an appointment online today. Do not second guess your instinct. Dr. Kales will help you heal and get back to your better self.