Overland Park Office - 10701 Nall Ave., Suite 120, Overland Park, KS 66211
Blue Springs Office - 1050 South Outer Road, Blue Springs, MO 64015

Overland 913-381-5515
Blue Springs 816-228-9393

Ankle Sprains

When you accidentally twist your ankle into an unnatural position, you end up stretching the ligaments until they tear. The result is a sprained ankle. While this is a fairly common injury, it's important to treat it as soon as possible so it does not turn into a long-term injury that continues to hurt for years. If you suspect you have a sprained ankle, here's what you need to know.

Common Causes and Symptoms

Anyone can sprain an ankle, even when simply walking or going up or down stairs. But it's more common for people to sprain an ankle after falling down, running or participating in sports such as football, soccer or gymnastics.

Regardless of how you sprained your ankle, you'll find that the main symptoms of this injury are pain and swelling. Your ankle might also be bruised and tender to the touch, and, of course, you'll find it difficult to walk since it likely hurts to put any weight on it.

Typical Treatments for Ankle Sprains

You can start treating your sprained ankle at home immediately after the injury occurs. First, be sure to rest your ankle, and then begin putting ice on it for at least 10 minutes at a time every hour. This should help ease the pain and inflammation. You can also wrap your ankle in a compression wrap for the first few days to further reduce the swelling. Take over-the-counter pain medication as needed. Naproxen and ibuprofen are especially helpful options since they reduce inflammation as well as pain.

If the pain and swelling are severe and do not lessen within a few days after you start home treatment -- or if you're not sure if the ankle is sprained or broken -- it's important to see a doctor. It may turn out that you can benefit from stretching and strength exercises or even ankle surgery.

Dr. Sheldon Fleishman can provide diagnosis and treatment to patients in Missouri or Kansas. If you need to see a doctor to get treatment after spraining your ankle, call our Overland Park, Kansas, office at (913) 381-5515 or our Blue Springs, Missouri, office at (816) 228-9393 today to schedule an appointment.