Ankle Sprains

A sprained ankle is among the most common orthopedic injuries. Approximately 25,000 people in the U.S. suffer an ankle sprain each day. Ankle sprains can occur when someone steps on uneven ground or when the foot is planted awkwardly. Ankle sprains also occur frequently in individuals who play sports.
When an ankle is sprained, one of the tendons connecting the several muscles in the ankle may stretch or tear, causing swelling, pain, and redness or warmth in the ankle. Swelling and pain may be severe, and pain may worsen when the foot is moved in certain directions. If pain is severe, if the injured person is not able to walk more than a few steps, or if the ankle fails to improve after a few days, one should seek medical care to properly treat the injury and to identify whether a more serious injury exists, such as a fracture.
Treatment of an ankle sprain often involves use of crutches, to reduce weight bearing on the injured ankle. The doctor may also apply a brace or cast to reduce motion of the ankle. Anti-inflammatory pain medication or other pain medications may be prescribed to reduce inflammation and pain.
Dr. Lerner and the Metro Orthopedic team routinely treat patients with ankle sprains. The team is committed to providing each patient with a comprehensive, state of the art care and a highly personalized treatment plan.