Ankle Sprains Specialist

Lake Erie Podiatry

Michael Ruiz, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in West Millcreek, Erie, PA

A sudden overextension of the ankle can pull or tear the ligament, causing a painful ankle sprain. At Lake Erie Podiatry in Erie, Pennsylvania, Michael Ruiz, DPM, treats ankle sprains with comprehensive treatment plans, including laser therapy for acute sprains. To explore treatments that will help your ankle heal correctly, call Lake Erie Podiatry, or request an appointment online today.

Ankle Sprains Q & A

What are ankle sprains?

Ankle sprains are ligament injuries that usually happen after you step down incorrectly on your foot, fall, or experience a blow to the side of your foot. It’s common to get one while walking or running on an uneven surface. 

The ligaments on the outside of the ankle are more prone to spraining than other ligaments in the ankle. They can overstretch (grade 1 sprain), partially tear (grade 2 sprain), or tear completely (grade 3 sprain). 

At Lake Erie Podiatry, Dr. Ruiz evaluates your injury to see if you need surgery. He might use X-rays and other imaging techniques to see how much damage has occurred before planning your treatment. 

What are the symptoms of an ankle sprain?

Spraining an ankle results in immediate and usually intense pain. You’ll probably know right away that you have an injury, even if you can still use the joint to stand or walk. Some of the other symptoms you may notice include:

  • Swelling 
  • Bruising
  • Joint stiffness
  • Tenderness to the touch
  • Ankle instability

If you have a past ankle sprain that never received treatment, the pain and swelling may be long gone. However, the ankle remains unstable. Even if you no longer feel any pain, you should consider treating your ankle sprain at Lake Erie Podiatry.

How should I care for an ankle sprain immediately?

As soon as you know your ankle is injured, even if you aren’t sure whether or not it’s a sprain, you should keep your weight off it. You can use ice to relieve some of the swelling until you can get medical attention, and keeping the ankle elevated for at least the first 48 hours is also recommended. 

To ease some of your pain and promote circulation, you may take over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Which treatments are available for an ankle sprain?

At Lake Erie Podiatry, Dr. Ruiz creates a treatment program that will heal your ankle properly and restore its range of motion. Physical therapy and balance training are often necessary as the ankle heals, and Dr. Ruiz may wrap the joint in an elastic bandage to keep it stable.

Lake Erie Podiatry offers a state-of-the-art therapy laser to help acute ankle sprains heal faster. Light energy enters the cells within your ankle and stimulates a faster healing response. It works especially well when you follow every part of your treatment plan closely. 

An ankle sprain can affect the joint for life without early treatment. To see a podiatrist for your ankle sprain, call Lake Erie Podiatry or request an appointment online today.