A foot or ankle sprain can keep you sidelined from your favorite activities. However, there is help available from Jose F. Hilario, DPM, PA, in Converse, Texas, where he serves the communities of Converse, Live Oak, Schertz, and San Antonio, Texas. When you’ve suffered an injury and need expert and compassionate care, Dr. Hilario and his team have the tools and therapies that you need to get back on your feet and back to your life. To start the treatment process, call the office today to schedule an appointment or book online with the team.
Both your feet and ankles are made up of bones, ligaments, and muscles that work together to allow you to move. Because this area of your body supports your entire weight, it’s no surprise that injuries, like sprains, can occur.
A sprain is a type of injury to the soft tissues of the foot or ankle. A sprain happens when you somehow injure your foot or ankle, leading to tearing or stretching of the ligaments. For instance, tripping and falling on uneven ground or over an obstacle can damage ligaments. Sports are another common cause of foot and ankle sprains. This is especially true if you play football, basketball, or are a gymnast.
Symptoms resulting from a foot or ankle sprain can vary, depending on the severity of the sprain and ligament damage. Some of the most common symptoms of this condition include:
Whether you have a mild or severe sprain, you could have difficulty walking on the affected side. This may be due to pain, swelling, or both.
A sprained foot or ankle can also lead to other issues in your foot, including peroneal tendonitis. This condition is marked by inflammation in the tendons that join your foot and lower leg. Along with the symptoms of your sprain, you may notice redness or warmth, along with pain if you have tendonitis.
If you know you’ve injured your foot and ankle, you should seek treatment right away. Dr. Hilario and his team offer a number of conservative therapies to help you get pain relief from a sprain or tendonitis.
For a foot or ankle sprain, Dr. Hilario examines the area to determine the grade of the sprain. In most cases, non-surgical measures are the go-to treatment and often include:
Dr. Hilario may also recommend using anti-inflammatory medications for the first few days after the injury to help with the discomfort and swelling in the affected foot and ankle.
Don’t hesitate to call the office or book a consultation with Dr. Hilario online -- get the expert care you need for your foot or ankle injury today.