Ankle Sprain

What is an ankle sprain, and how is it treated?

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What Is an Ankle Sprain?

Ankle sprains are one of the most common orthopedic injuries and occur when the ankle is abnormally turned inward (inversion) or outward (eversion). The bones of the ankle are connected by strong ligaments.


About Ankle Sprains

When the ankle is “twisted”, the resulting damage to these ligaments is what is considered an ankle sprain.

This injury most often occurs during sports but can also be the result of something as simple as missing a stair or a fall.  

Patients who sustain an ankle sprain may experience the following symptoms:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Pain and tenderness in the ankle
  • Difficulty bearing weight

Treatment Options for Ankle Sprains

The treatments for ankle sprains can vary based on the severity of the sprain as there are several different grades of ankle sprains.

The different grades of ankle sprains are:

Grade 1 (Mild): Slight stretching or tearing of a ligament.

Grade 2 (Moderate): Partial tearing of the ligament.

Grade 3 (Severe): The complete tearing of the ligament.

If you sustain an ankle sprain, it is important to contact one of the Board Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists at OrthoNeuro to determine the severity of the sprain.

Continuing to bear weight on the ankle, improper rest, and continuing activity can cause the sprain to progress in severity.

Typical treatment options at OrthoNeuro can include:

  • Immobilization (crutches, a cast, a splint, or a removable boot)
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy

Surgery is generally not needed so long as the ankle ligament remains intact.

Patients who are experiencing the symptoms of an ankle sprain should not delay a diagnosis.

The decision of what treatments are best for you will be determined by what you and your OrthoNeuro Specialist feel are best. 

Make an Appointment with an OrthoNeuro Specialist Today!

If you have been suffering the symptoms of an ankle sprain schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists at one of our 7 convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus. 

Best of all, most patients can be seen within 24 hours of making an appointment.

Foot, Ankle, and Podiatry Specialists

If you have an acute injury or live with chronic foot and ankle pain in Call OrthoNeuro today or make an appointment online for expert foot and ankle care in Columbus, Ohio.

Nicholas A. Cheney, DO, FAOAO

Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon

Jeffrey E. Gittins, DO

Orthopedic Surgeon

Ralph J. Napolitano Jr., DPM, CWSP, FACFAS


Very nice staff. They got me in and out quickly, had to get surgery, and they made sure that was all set up and aftercare was clear

Dena T.