It’s no fun hobbling around on a sprained ankle. And it is equally frustrating when this injury inhibits your mobility and limits your ability to partake in the activities you enjoy. Dr. Vipul Dua, your Manchester ankle doctor, understands this. His is the practice you can trust for all your orthopedic needs. He treats patients on a personal level and believes in a conservative treatment approach prior to surgical intervention. His orthopedic practice provides state of the art nonsurgical and surgical care including arthroscopic procedures and robotic assisted procedures of the hip and knee, so that you may rapidly return to activity. His professional and friendly staff focuses on patient education, comfort, and quick recovery.
Ankle sprains are caused by an unnatural twisting or force on the ankle bones of the foot, often resulting in one or more ligaments on the outside of the ankle to be stretched or torn. If not properly treated, ankle sprains could develop into long-term problems. This injury is a major cause of foot pain. A sprain can be difficult to differentiate from a fracture without an x-ray. If you are unable to bear weight after this type of injury, or if there is significant swelling or deformity, you should seek medical treatment from our doctor. Depending on how many ligaments are injured, the Manchester ankle doctor will classify your sprain as either Grade I, II or III. Treating your sprained ankle properly may prevent chronic pain and instability. For a Grade I sprain, follow the R.I.C.E. guidelines: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. The swelling usually goes down within a few days. For a Grade II sprain, follow the R.I.C.E. guidelines and allow more time for healing. The doctor may immobilize or splint your sprained ankle. A Grade III sprain puts you at risk for permanent ankle instability. Rarely, surgery may be needed to repair the damage, especially in competitive athletes. For severe ankle sprains, your doctor may also consider treating you with a short leg cast for two to three weeks or a walking boot. People who sprain their ankle repeatedly may also need surgical repair to tighten their ligaments.
The diagnosis of the type of ankle sprain will be made by the Manchester ankle doctor based upon the results of your physical examination and imaging. Once the injury has been evaluated, the proper course of treatment will be discussed based upon the severity of the injury, your healthcare goals, and your activity level. Every possible non-invasive treatment will be considered before surgery is recommended. Since most ankle sprains will heal over time with rest and proper care, surgery is rarely an option. This orthopedic surgeon will also suggest physical therapy in some of the more serious cases of ankle sprains to restore flexibility to the joint and strength to the affected soft tissues. Call us today for an appointment to treat your ankle sprain and get you back on your feet.