Austin Podiatrist Explains How to Treat Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are just a part of life, right? Growing up, your mom probably wrapped your ankle in an ACE bandage and sent you on your way, but is that really the best thing to do?

In this video, Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists explains what you should—and shouldn’t—do for an ankle sprain. Regardless of what you may have been taught, you shouldn’t ignore an ankle sprain. An ankle sprain can stretch or tear the ligaments in the ankle joint, leading to chronic instability in the ankle.

When you come into our office, we will take a look at the quality of the ligaments on both the inside and the outside of the ankle in order to ensure the ligament quality is what it should be. If it’s not, it could contribute to chronic instability and pain. 

One other cause of pain from an ankle sprain can be an impingement or abutment of the ankle joint within the joint itself, which causes cartridge injuries. These injuries are referred to as “osteochondral lesions of the talus” or “osteochondritis dissecans.” These phrases basically just mean that there is damage to the cartilage within the ankle joint, which can lead to early osteoarthritis.

Don’t just wrap your ankle and forget about it; come into our office to ensure you’re not causing more harm than good. We will develop a treatment plan to help you recover as quickly as possible.