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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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I was frankly shocked at how good they were at EVERYthing. They saw me less than 2 hours after I called. Dr. Barko was ebullient and professional. You can ask them questions via TXT, which is huge. Their offices are spic-n-span and modern. Basically, they're knocking it out of the park. I don't wish for more in-grown toenails, but if it happens, I'm going straight back to Lexington Podiatry.

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I love Lexington Podiatry! The staff is always so helpful, and attentive. I love Dr. Freels. She is top notch, and is always so happy to see me, and listens to me about what is going on.

Amie Castle

Dr. Carter diagnosed and created a treatment plan in minutes- other podiatrists have treated me incorrectly for years. So pleased to have answers and solutions.

Katy Perkins

My left foot had been hurting for a while. The staff and doctors here are all quite knowledgeable and professional, as well as friendly and personable. My diagnosis was promptly made, x-ray completed right there in the office, and I left with the two braces that I needed. No waiting for the mail, trip to brace shop, nada. Most excellent clinic!

Susan Bell

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. We do not accept Medicaid or CareSource plans at this time. 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

Absolutely amazing staff! Smiling faces, compassion and understanding! Couldn’t have asked for a better experience!

Amanda Rugg

I was frankly shocked at how good they were at EVERYthing. They saw me less than 2 hours after I called. Dr. Barko was ebullient and professional. You can ask them questions via TXT, which is huge. Their offices are spic-n-span and modern. Basically, they're knocking it out of the park. I don't wish for more in-grown toenails, but if it happens, I'm going straight back to Lexington Podiatry.

Mick Jeffries

I love Lexington Podiatry! The staff is always so helpful, and attentive. I love Dr. Freels. She is top notch, and is always so happy to see me, and listens to me about what is going on.

Amie Castle

Dr. Carter diagnosed and created a treatment plan in minutes- other podiatrists have treated me incorrectly for years. So pleased to have answers and solutions.

Katy Perkins

My left foot had been hurting for a while. The staff and doctors here are all quite knowledgeable and professional, as well as friendly and personable. My diagnosis was promptly made, x-ray completed right there in the office, and I left with the two braces that I needed. No waiting for the mail, trip to brace shop, nada. Most excellent clinic!

Susan Bell

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. We do not accept Medicaid or CareSource plans at this time. Visit our New Patient page for more details.

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