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Ankle Sprain Specialist

Vittori Foot & Ankle Specialist

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Homer Glen, IL & Southwest Suburbs, New Lenox, IL

Although a sprained ankle may seem like an inconvenience that will go away in a few days, it can quickly develop into something more burdensome if you don’t seek proper professional treatment. With locations in Homer Glen and New Lenox, Illinois, Christopher Vittori, DPM, and Ameet Thakrar, DPM, at Vittori Foot & Ankle Specialist provide comprehensive and effective care to address issues with ankle sprains to get you walking normally and without pain. Book an appointment today by phone or through the online booking tool to find out which treatment is best suited for you.

Ankle Sprain Q & A

How does a sprained ankle occur?

Whether you’re running, walking in a hurry, or simply strolling down the street, sprained ankles can happen to anyone. In most cases, an ankle experiences a sprain when you accidentally put too much pressure on it or when your ankle turns at an unusual angle. 

When you put too much pressure on your ankle, you run the risk of both stretching and tearing the ligaments that surround (and protect) it. While these injuries vary in intensity, it’s important to seek professional care to ensure the problem comes with an easy fix and not a long-term condition.

How do I know if I sprained my ankle?

Sprained ankles manifest themselves differently for everybody, as each person has their own threshold for pain. However, the most common signs of a sprained ankle include, but are not limited to: 

  • Swelling around the ankle area
  • Discomfort and pain when your foot hits the ground
  • Bruising of the ankle
  • Noticeable discoloration of the affected area

Remember that these are just signs that your ankle may be sprained, and they are not mutually exclusive. You may experience all of them at once, and they may fade relatively quickly after the injury.

What is peroneal tendonitis?

Each of your legs has two peroneal tendons, and these tendons are essential for load-bearing, to stabilize the ankle, and protect it from sprains. Peroneal tendonitis can cause ankle instability and pain, eventually leading to an ankle sprain.

Whether you are experiencing peroneal tendonitis because of improper footwear, high foot arches, incorrect training techniques, or lower limb muscle imbalances, the podiatrists at Vittori Foot & Ankle Specialist can provide you with any of the following solutions: 

  • Cortisone injections
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Ankle braces 
  • Footwear modifications
  • Exercise recommendations

Consider getting in touch with the office today if traditional pain relief methods aren’t successful in alleviating your symptoms. 

How do you treat a sprained ankle?

The most effective treatment for a sprained ankle is rest and elevation. If your ankle is swollen, apply ice to the area to reduce the swelling, and consider taking over-the-counter pain relievers if the pain doesn’t subside. 

If these basic recovery steps don’t alleviate your symptoms, and if you can’t walk correctly within 24 hours, get in touch with Vittori Foot & Ankle Specialist. 

Your podiatrist may use compression bandages or splints to immobilize the ankle. Immobilization of severe sprains enables effective short-term recovery and yields excellent long-term results.  

If you’ve experienced a severe ankle sprain, your podiatrist at Vittori Foot & Ankle Specialist may recommend various surgical procedures to repair your damaged ligaments. 

How can I prevent future ankle sprains?

After you receive treatment at Vittori Foot & Ankle Specialist, your podiatrist will tell you the best course of action to prevent future injury. 

Your podiatrist may give you a series of stretching, strengthening, and conditioning exercises to perform before and after any physical activity. They may also tell you which footwear is the best suited for your feet so that you can get the support you need at all times. 

Your podiatrist at Vittori Foot & Ankle Specialist will devise a personalized post-care plan with you directly to protect your ankle from re-injury. 

To book an appointment, use the online scheduling tool or call the office today.