Sprained Ankle Specialist

Park Center Foot and Ankle Clinic

Randy E Lowe, DPM

Board Certified Podiatrist Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Boise, ID & Meridian, ID

A sprained ankle is a common injury that, without proper treatment, can lead to long-term problems with your ankle health and mobility. At Park Center Foot and Ankle Clinic, board-certified podiatrist Randy Lowe, DPM, specializes in safe and effective treatment for a wide range of foot and ankle problems. Located in Boise and Meridian, Idaho, the team can help you find the right treatment to restore your health and avoid complications. To speak with Dr. Lowe about your injury, call or book your appointment online today.

Sprained Ankle Q&A

What is a sprained ankle?

Your ankle is supported by a group of ligaments that stabilizes your joints and helps hold your bones together. A sprained ankle occurs when you twist, roll, or move your ankle out of its normal position. This causes the ligaments in your ankle to stretch beyond their usual limits. 

Many people experience a sprained ankle during sports or similar physical activity. Sprained ankles are common in sports like tennis, running, basketball, and soccer. 

Certain factors like poor strength or flexibility in the ankles, wearing improper footwear, or walking on uneven surfaces can also lead to a sprained ankle. 

What are the symptoms of a sprained ankle?

Sprained ankles can range from mild to severe and can cause a number of symptoms, including:

  • Tenderness
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty standing or bearing weight
  • Bruising
  • Limited range of motion

Some people may experience a popping sensation at the time of their injury. A severely sprained ankle can cause your ligaments to partially or completely tear. 

If you experience symptoms of a sprained ankle, you should speak with an experienced podiatrist as soon as possible. Many people return to physical activities too soon after a sprained ankle, leading to a repeated injury. 

Without proper treatment, you may experience complications like chronic ankle instability, chronic ankle pain, or damage to your ankle joint.  

How are sprained ankles diagnosed?

To begin your diagnosis, Dr. Lowe conducts a physical exam and reviews your medical history. You and Dr. Lowe also discuss your symptoms and the details surrounding your injury. In many cases, you may require imaging tests like an X-ray, MRI, or ultrasound. 

Dr. Lowe uses this information to determine the extent of your injury and develop the most effective treatment plan. 

What treatments are available?

Depending on your diagnosis, treatment for your sprained ankle may include:

  • RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
  • Pain relievers
  • Ankle brace
  • A walking boot or cast
  • Physical therapy

In most cases, Dr. Lowe effectively treats sprained ankles through conservative measures. If your condition is severe or doesn’t respond to conservative care, he may suggest surgery to repair or reconstruct your damaged ligaments. 

To find out which treatment is right for your injury, book an appointment at Park Center Foot and Ankle Clinic by phone or online today.