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When to Seek Treatment for an Ankle Sprain

When to Seek Treatment for an Ankle Sprain

Each day, 25,000 people suffer an ankle sprain. The injury can occur during sports as well as during mundane tasks like walking down the street or getting out of a car. 

While you may brush off a mild sprain as a minor inconvenience, there are cases in which you need professional medical care to optimize healing and prevent complications. 

At Maryland Orthopedic Specialists, our team evaluates ankle sprains frequently and offers the immediate treatment and physical therapy needed to help your ankle heal completely. 

Not all ankle sprains are created equal

Ankle sprains vary in severity and are categorized as:

If you have a Grade 1 tear, you may be able to walk with minimal pain while a Grade 2 or 3 tear makes walking painful if not impossible.

Regardless of how severe you think your ankle sprain is, seek medical attention promptly if you experience severe pain, swelling, bruising, or inability to bear weight on the affected ankle, or if the pain persists or worsens over time.

Diagnosing your ankle sprain

When you visit one of our offices with a suspected ankle sprain, we conduct a thorough evaluation to assess the extent of the injury. This may involve a physical examination, imaging studies such as X-rays or MRI scans, and a detailed discussion of your symptoms and medical history. 

Our goal is to accurately diagnose the severity of the sprain and develop a customized treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Treatment for your ankle sprain

How we treat your ankle sprain depends on the severity of your sprain.

For mild Grade 1 sprains, conservative at-home measures such as rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) may be enough to reduce pain and swelling and promote healing. Even a mild sprain benefits from physical therapy exercises to help improve strength, flexibility, and stability in the ankle joint.

In cases of moderate to severe sprains, our orthopedic specialists may recommend more advanced interventions, such as bracing, splinting, or even surgery to repair damaged ligaments. 

Our priority is to provide the very best care and support throughout your recovery process. We want to help you heal quickly and return to normal function.

Seeking medical care is the smart thing to do

If you're unsure whether your ankle injury requires medical attention, it's always best to err on the side of caution and seek guidance from us at Maryland Orthopedic Specialists. 

Ignoring a sprain or attempting to self-diagnose and treat it can lead to complications, such as chronic ankle instability, and prolonged recovery times. We’re ready to provide you with an expert evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment, so you can get back on your feet and back to the activities you love.

If you suspect you’ve sprained your ankle and experience severe pain, swelling, or difficulty bearing weight on your ankle, don't hesitate to contact one of our locations in Bethesda, Rockville, or Germantown, Maryland, for expert care. Call us at 301-515-0900 or set up an appointment here.

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