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Sprained Ankle Specialist

Tad Borland, DPM, MS -  - Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Step Right Podiatry

Tad Borland, DPM, MS

Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Ambridge, PA

An ankle sprain can quickly become so painful and swollen, it starts lowering your quality of life. Tad Borland, DPM, MS, of Step Right Podiatry understands just how debilitating a sprained ankle can be, and he offers a wide variety of effective treatment solutions. Book your sprained ankle evaluation at this state-of-the-art Ambridge, Pennsylvania, podiatry practice with the online scheduler or call the office directly.

Sprained Ankle

What causes a sprained ankle?

The bones in your ankle joint are held together by ligaments that help with stabilization and range of motion. But when those ligaments are overstretched or torn, you have a sprained ankle. You can develop a sprained ankle due to:

  • Rolling or twisting your ankle
  • Landing or pivoting incorrectly
  • Running on an uneven surface
  • Landing incorrectly while going down a flight of stairs

While ankle sprains are one of the most common types of sports injuries, this painful ailment can certainly affect anyone of any age.

What are the symptoms of a sprained ankle?

The symptoms you experience with an ankle sprain range from mild to severe, depending on the damage to your ankle ligaments. Signs and symptoms of a sprained ankle include:

  • Bruising and discoloration
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the ankle
  • Tenderness, swelling, or inflammation
  • Popping sensation or sound when the injury occurs

The symptoms of a sprained ankle often mimic what you go through if you have a fracture. That’s why it's important to understand signs and symptoms and head to Step Right Podiatry as soon as your injury occurs — you want to ensure your ankle isn’t broken. In either case, though, you’re going to need proper treatment.

How is a sprained ankle treated?

Dr. Borland may gather digital X-ray images right in the office to help diagnose your ankle injury. After performing a thorough examination, he can put together your sprained ankle treatment plan which may include:

  • Compression wrapping
  • Bracing or splinting
  • Frequent elevation
  • Icing the area regularly
  • Anti-inflammatory medications

If your ankle is severely sprained, where your ligament is torn, you might need surgery. Sprained ankle surgery involves repairing your damaged ligament and, if needed, reconstructing the affected ligament with a tissue graft.

No matter which type of sprained ankle treatment is right for you, chances are, once pain and inflammation subside, you’re going to need physical therapy to rebuild your ankle strength. Dr. Borland cares for you every step of the way, so you won’t have to worry about developing chronic ankle instability or re-injuring your ankle.

Get started on your sprained ankle treatment at Step Right Podiatry right away. You can either request an appointment online or call the clinic.