Do you think you might be suffering from a sprained ankle but aren't completely sure?
Your foot health is important, so if you are noticing any changes to your feet it’s crucial that you have a Fort Myers, FL, podiatrist, like Dr. Brian Doerr, examine you. A sprained ankle is certainly not something you should ignore if you think you might have one. Find out the symptoms of a sprained ankle and when you should see a doctor.
Sprained Ankle Symptoms
Are you unsure whether or not you might have a sprained ankle? You might be dealing with a sprain if you notice,
- Pain or tenderness
- Loss of flexibility or reduced range of motion
- Ankle instability
- The inability to bear weight on the ankle
If you notice any pain, swelling or a popping sound in the ankle after an injury, then you need to visit our Fort Myers, FL, foot doctor right away. A sprained ankle requires proper medical attention to make sure that the injury heals properly. When you come in for care, we will discuss certain at-home measures you can take to manage your symptoms as your injury heals.
When to See a Doctor
Sometimes you may have a sprained ankle and not experience all the symptoms above. If so, it can be difficult to know that there is a problem. Of course, if you have pain that doesn’t go away after a couple of weeks or if the swelling doesn’t go down after five days, then it’s a good time to schedule a visit with us.
Treating a Sprained Ankle
The treatment we recommend will depend on the seriousness of the sprain. Most mild-to-moderate sprains can be treated with the RICE method: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. The goal of the RICE method is to reduce pain and swelling as much as possible. We may also prescribe a stronger anti-inflammatory and pain medication. Those with more serious injuries may require physical therapy, an ankle boot, crutches or surgery.
If these symptoms are happening to you or you have just recently experienced a foot injury, then it’s time you turned to our Fort Myers, FL, podiatric doctor to find out how we can help.