Sprained Ankle Specialist

Red Rocks Foot & Ankle Center

Podiatrists located in Littleton, CO

Your ankle's a delicate and complex joint. With just one misstep, you can suddenly be left with a painful and nasty sprain. Though ankle sprains are one of the most common sports injuries, they can also happen to non-athletes at any time. All it takes is one wrong move, causing your foot to roll and apply too much force to your ankle, resulting in a painful injury. At Red Rock Foot & Ankle Center in Littleton, Colorado, Hani Saeed, DPM, takes a proactive approach to treating foot and ankle pain. You can book an appointment through their online scheduling system or by calling their office directly.

Sprained Ankle Q & A

What are the symptoms of a sprained ankle?

Chances are you’ve experienced a sprained ankle at some point in your life. If you’ve ever been walking or running and tripped, or even just stepped wrong, you’re probably familiar with the excruciating pain and days of recovery that accompany a sprained ankle. Though the reasons for obtaining an ankle sprain can vary, symptoms are primarily the same:

  • Pain when standing
  • Throbbing
  • Bruising
  • Redness and warmth
  • Tender when pressed
  • Instability of the joint
  • Popping sound during injury
  • Limited range of motion
  • Swelling

Often ankle sprains can be treated at home with self-care, but always discuss your symptoms with a doctor to see if you need a more in-depth evaluation. With his extensive work treating athletes and athletic injuries, Dr. Saeed is more than qualified to examine your injury and advise on the best treatment options for your individual needs.  

How do I know if it is a sprain or a strain?

We’ve all heard the terms sprain and strain, but it can be easy to confuse the two. So, what exactly is the difference? Our bones are connected to our muscles via tendons. When a muscle or tendon is overworked or injured, it can stretch or tear. This stretching or tearing of a muscle or tendon is called a strain.

Similar to tendons, ligaments attach to bones, but instead of connecting a muscle to a bone, they connect two bones together, forming a joint. When a ligament is stretched or torn during an injury, it is called a sprain.

Both strains and sprains have similar symptoms and treatments, but they’re injuries affecting different types of connective tissue. If you suspect you have a sprain or a strain, a qualified podiatrist, like Dr. Saeed, can provide an accurate diagnosis and recommend a proper treatment plan.

How is a sprained ankle diagnosed and treated?

If left untreated, a sprained ankle can lead to chronic pain and joint instability, so it’s important to take your injury seriously.

There are several methods Dr. Saeed can use to diagnose a sprained ankle. If the injury is minor, simply touching and manipulating the area might be enough to make a diagnosis. However, if your injury is severe, he might want to rule out extensive ligament trauma or a broken bone. A few imaging options can be used to rule these out:

  • Ultrasound: to see the condition of your ligaments
  • X-ray: to rule out broken or fractured bones
  • MRI: to give a 3-D view of your ankle’s internal structure
  • CT scan: to give more information about your ankle bones through several X-rays put together to form a 3-D image

Depending on how severe your injury is, treatment can range from self-care or even surgery, in more severe cases. Typically the following treatment modalities are used to promote healing, restore range of motion, and minimize pain:

  • R.I.C.E: rest, ice, compression, elevation; recommended for the first couple of days
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Walking aids: sports tape, crutches, support brace, or walking boot
  • Physical therapy

For an evaluation with Dr. Saeed, book an appointment with the Red Rock Foot & Ankle Center. You can schedule an appointment online or directly by calling their office.