Sprained Ankle

If you’re an athlete, chances are you’ve had at least one sprained ankle.  More than 23,000 Americans sprain their ankle each day — it’s the most common sports injury and one of the most common injuries overall.  Unfortunately, spraining your ankle once can leave you prone to repeated sprains if it doesn’t heel properly.

In fact, 70-80% of athletes who sprain their ankle sprain it again, and 40% will develop chronic instability or recurring sprains.

That’s definitely not good.

Ankle Twist vs Ankle Sprain

Ankle sprains occur when the ankle is twisted unnaturally, causing injury to the ligaments.

This frequently happens when stepping onto uneven ground, or when running or playing a sport like basketball or soccer. 

The telltale difference between a twist and a sprain is a twist will feel better in a few minutes, while a sprain often swells up, bruises quickly and hurts like crazy.

Should I Go To The ER?

Most people will head straight to the ER when they sprain an ankle, where doctors will check to make sure there’s nothing broken.

That’s all good, except the care usually ends there after you’re given an ice pack and told to keep off it for a while if there are no broken bones. 

But, hobbling around on crutches for a few days isn’t necessarily the best thing for your sprain.

RICE Approach

We treat sprained ankles with the RICE approach –

  • Rest,
  • Ice,
  • Compression,
  • Elevation. 

The most important part is compression, or making sure your ankle is immobilized so it can heal while still bearing weight.

The “bearing weight” part is critical because it encourages the torn ligaments to heal and promotes ankle stability and balance, which all help you avoid recurring injury.

We will also show you some exercises and stretches that will help the ankle heal while regaining strength and stability.  

This is an important part of the recovery process that shouldn’t be skipped if you want to avoid future sprains. 

Platelet Rich Plasma Injections (PRP) have also been effective in helping sprained ankles.

If you are experiencing foot pain, call our office or make an online appointment

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5-Five-Star-Google-Review-Lexington-KY-Podiatry

Staff was extremely friendly and professional. They took us back immediately and no waiting for doctor to come in. Dr Settles-Carter was amazing with my little girl. She took her time and explained every detail to my daughter. As we were leaving my little girl said Dr Settles-Carter was the best doctor ever. Coming from a 10yr old.

Bert King

5-Five-Star-Google-Review-Lexington-KY-Podiatry

It took some work, and patience, but my feet are much better now. Dr. Freels worked with me to find exercises, and more importantly, the right shoe to wear. So nice not to dread going into work, for the pain of simply walking. Despite what another review here says, they've never tried to sell me any shoes there, have always left the choice up to me.

Robert Griffith

5-Five-Star-Google-Review-Lexington-KY-Podiatry

The staff was very courteous. However, the care provided by Dr. Carter and the staff in the back was exceptional! I finally had answers for my health concerns and issues and a course or plan of treatment including the costs of the services they provide. I especially liked the hours of operation...I can see a doctor for the treatment I need without having to use my personal and sick days! Love the flexibility. Lastly, the ambiance esthetics were relaxing and beautiful.

Bonnie Ogle Taylor

5-Five-Star-Google-Review-Lexington-KY-Podiatry

The entire staff at Lexington Podiatry was very welcoming and friendly. Jill went out of her way to make sure my daughter was taken care of. We appreciate being seen so quickly (it would have taken weeks to have seen an orthopedist for her foot injury). Now, she is on the road to recovery! Great office, thanks everyone!

Team Wade 24

5-Five-Star-Google-Review-Lexington-KY-Podiatry

Had a great experience! Everyone was very nice, it was clean, the doctor took time to listen to me. She showed me my x-rays and explained them to me. I would recommend them to family and friends.

Heather Purvis

Accepted Insurance Providers

There may be providers, plans and coverage not included on this list. We will help you with navigating the options for coverage and costs. We also accept HSA, Flex accounts, Care Credit and prompt pay pricing for treatment at the clinic and surgical procedures. Visit our New Patient page for more details.

Sprained Ankle

If you are experiencing foot pain, call our office or make an online appointment

Reviews

5-Five-Star-Google-Review-Lexington-KY-Podiatry

Staff was extremely friendly and professional. They took us back immediately and no waiting for doctor to come in. Dr Settles-Carter was amazing with my little girl. She took her time and explained every detail to my daughter. As we were leaving my little girl said Dr Settles-Carter was the best doctor ever. Coming from a 10yr old.

Bert King

5-Five-Star-Google-Review-Lexington-KY-Podiatry

It took some work, and patience, but my feet are much better now. Dr. Freels worked with me to find exercises, and more importantly, the right shoe to wear. So nice not to dread going into work, for the pain of simply walking. Despite what another review here says, they've never tried to sell me any shoes there, have always left the choice up to me.

Robert Griffith

5-Five-Star-Google-Review-Lexington-KY-Podiatry

The staff was very courteous. However, the care provided by Dr. Carter and the staff in the back was exceptional! I finally had answers for my health concerns and issues and a course or plan of treatment including the costs of the services they provide. I especially liked the hours of operation...I can see a doctor for the treatment I need without having to use my personal and sick days! Love the flexibility. Lastly, the ambiance esthetics were relaxing and beautiful.

Bonnie Ogle Taylor

5-Five-Star-Google-Review-Lexington-KY-Podiatry

The entire staff at Lexington Podiatry was very welcoming and friendly. Jill went out of her way to make sure my daughter was taken care of. We appreciate being seen so quickly (it would have taken weeks to have seen an orthopedist for her foot injury). Now, she is on the road to recovery! Great office, thanks everyone!

Team Wade 24

5-Five-Star-Google-Review-Lexington-KY-Podiatry

Had a great experience! Everyone was very nice, it was clean, the doctor took time to listen to me. She showed me my x-rays and explained them to me. I would recommend them to family and friends.

Heather Purvis

Accepted Insurance Providers

There may be providers, plans and coverage not included on this list. We will help you with navigating the options for coverage and costs. We also accept HSA, Flex accounts, Care Credit and prompt pay pricing for treatment at the clinic and surgical procedures. Visit our New Patient page for more details.