In recent weeks, Today Show host Savannah Guthrie, sprained her ankle rushing into work in 3 inch heels. She is now in a medical boot for four weeks. An ankle sprain is an injury to one or more ligaments in the ankle. Ligaments connect bones to one another. Not to be confused with tendons, that connect muscle to bone. The severity of an ankle sprain is dependent upon whether or not the ligament or ligaments were simply overstretched, partially torn or completely torn.
Ankle sprains are a very common injury most often occurring from a sports injury, unexpected fall, walking or running on uneven surfaces or in Savannah Guthrie’s case wearing inappropriate shoes.
Most often, the symptoms of an ankle sprain include swelling, pain, bruising, stiffness in the ankle joint and difficulty walking.
Regardless of the severity, it is important to see your local podiatrist should you sustain any kind of ankle injury. If left untreated, an ankle injury such as a sprain can lead to bigger problems over time such as chronic instability and weakness. And since the ligament never heals to 100% of its original strength, you may be more prone to sprains in the future. Prompt evaluation and treatment ensure proper healing.
In Savannah’s case, the ankle sprain was severe enough to warrant immobilization. Treatment varies based on the severity of the sprain. Conservative treatment for a sprained ankle includes, rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE). Anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or naproxen to decrease pain and swelling are often recommended. Physical therapy is often indicated to ensure proper healing and return of strength and range of motion.
In very severe cases, surgery may be recommended to repair damaged ligaments. The foot and ankle surgeons at Kansas City Foot and Ankle are highly trained in surgical treatment of the ankle. After surgery, physical therapy will help to ensure a successful outcome.
If you have suffered an ankle injury, seek immediate medical attention. The doctors and surgeons at Kansas City Foot and Ankle will evaluate and treat your injury and have you back to normal activities quickly. Call 816-943-1111 to schedule an appointment.