Sprained Ankle Treatment
Ankle sprains are one of the most common lower limb injuries, affecting millions of Americans every year. While a significant portion of incidents involve kids participating in sports, anyone can sprain their ankle, whether it happens during a long run, basketball game, or acwkward step off a curb or stair.
Ankle Sprain Overview
Ankle sprains occur when ligaments surrounding the ankle are stretched or twisted past their capacity. Ligaments are tough, fibrous tissues that are designed to hold two bones together in a joint, providing support and stability.
Common symptoms include swelling, pain (especially when bearing weight), stiffness, restricted range of motion, and sometimes even bruising. You may hear a “popping” noise at the instant of the injury.
It’s important to seek treatment for a sprain right away. Ankle sprains that do not heal completely or are rehabbed improperly are much more likely to cause lingering pain, be injured again, or even lead to chronic instability and wobbliness. It is also possible that you may have actually fractured a bone in addition to spraining the ligaments, which would require additional medical intervention as quickly as possible to avoid complications.
Ankle Sprain Treatment
Keeping You Active While Protecting Your Ankles
When it comes to treating ankle sprains, it’s very important to strike a balanced approach. Sprains that don’t heal properly—whether due to ignoring treatment entirely or returning to certain activities too quickly—are far more likely to be injured again. On the other hand, too much rest and not enough activity can be extremely frustrating for active individuals, and can also delay full rehabilitation.
At Omega Medical Group (OMG), our treatment philosophy is geared toward keeping you as active as possible while still protecting the ankle during the healing process. Although you probably won’t be able to go “all out” in your favorite sport for a while, keeping you moving with low-impact or no-impact exercise not only helps you heal faster and maintain a higher level of strength and flexibility, but also keeps you feeling positive about your progress.
Ankle Sprain Treatment Approaches
Treatment procedures we may recommend include:
- Physical therapy. After we’ve properly assessed the nature of the damage to your ankle joint, we’ll help you build a program of stretches and exercises that are personalized to your needs, helping you reduce pain, prevent stiffness, build strength, and increase flexibility and range of motion.
- Immobilization. If the damage is serious, we may need to temporarily stabilize your ankle using a cast, walking boot, or brace.
- Custom orthotics. If poor biomechanics or structural flaws in your feet were contributing factors in your sprain or increase your risk for future sprains, we may recommend custom orthotics to correct these problems.
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. PRP therapy is an advanced technique for accelerating the healing process in soft tissues such as ligaments. A sample of your own blood is drawn and placed in a centrifuge to separate out the platelets, which produce growth factors that stimulate cellular healing. A platelet-rich mixture is then re-injected into the site of injury to kick-start the healing process.
- Stem cell therapy. Stem cells are extremely important in the healing process; when they divide, they can become almost any type of cell the body might need to repair an injury. We can remove stem cells from a healthy area of your body and deliver them to the site of injury to rapidly increase the rate of tissue repair.
Dr. Marizeli Olacio of OMG has extensive experience helping people of all ages and ability levels—from kids to NBA players—overcome lower limb injuries such as ankle sprains. We treat each and every patient with full attention and care—we understand every situation (and every person) is unique, which demands personalized solutions for every patient.
To schedule an appointment at either of our two offices, please call us today at (305) 514-0404. You can also request an appointment online by filling out our convenient contact form.