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The Condition

Sprains are injuries that affect the ligaments, which are strong bands of tissue connecting bones in a joint. Foot and ankle sprains are particularly common and can occur when the ligaments in these areas are stretched or torn. These injuries are often the result of sudden twisting or rolling movements, falls, or impacts. Symptoms of a sprain may include pain, swelling, bruising, instability, and difficulty bearing weight. Our skilled team specializes in diagnosing and treating foot and ankle sprains, providing comprehensive care to restore optimal function.

patient getting foot wrapped for sprain treatment in Hinsdale and Glendale Heights

The Symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Instability
  • Limited range of motion
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the affected joint
  • Tenderness or sensitivity to touch

Possible Causes:

  • Sports and Physical Activities: Participating in sports or engaging in physical activities that involve sudden movements, jumping, or changes in direction can increase the risk of sprains.
  • Falls: Tripping, slipping, or falling can result in sprains, especially if the impact causes the joint to twist or bend unnaturally.
  • Improper Footwear: Wearing ill-fitting or inadequate footwear that lacks proper support and stability can contribute to sprains, as it fails to provide adequate protection to the foot.
  • Accidents and Trauma: Traumatic events, such as vehicle accidents or direct blows to the foot or ankle, can cause sprains due to the force applied to the joint. Our professionals will provide sprain treatment.
  • Weak Muscles and Ligaments: Insufficient strength and stability in the muscles and ligaments surrounding a joint can make it more susceptible to sprains, as they are unable to provide adequate support and protection.
  • Previous Injury: A history of previous sprains or injuries to the foot or ankle can weaken the structures involved, increasing the likelihood of future sprains.

Treatment Options:

  • R.I.C.E. Method (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation): Resting the injured joint helps prevent further damage and promotes healing, applying ice packs can reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation, compression with an elastic bandage provides support, and elevating the ankle above heart level reduces swelling.
  • Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen or naproxen, may be recommended to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation associated with the sprain. These medications help manage discomfort and support the healing process.
  • Immobilization: In some cases, immobilizing the sprained joint with a splint, brace, or cast is necessary to promote healing and protect the injured ligaments. Immobilization reduces movement and prevents further strain on the joint, allowing the tissues to heal properly.
  • Physical Therapy: Physical therapy plays a crucial role in sprain treatment. Therapeutic exercises and techniques are used to improve range of motion, strengthen muscles around the joint, and restore stability.
  • Surgical Intervention: Surgery is reserved for severe sprains that do not respond to conservative treatments. It may involve repairing torn ligaments or reconstructing the joint. Surgery aims to restore stability, correct any anatomical abnormalities, and provide long-term relief from symptoms.

At Illinois Podiatry Specialists, we conduct thorough evaluations to identify the root cause of the sprain. Our team assesses the severity of the injury, performs diagnostic tests if necessary, and examines the joint’s function and stability. Based on these findings, we curate a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs to promote optimal healing.

Schedule Your Podiatry Consultation

Illinois Podiatry Specialists is home to a team of board-certified foot and ankle specialists dedicated to providing comprehensive care for sprains. We understand the impact that sprains can have on your daily life, and our experts are committed to creating customized treatment plans tailored to your specific needs and goals. With our same-day availability, we ensure prompt attention and timely care. Schedule your consultation for sprain treatment.

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Illinois Podiatry Specialists Hinsdale
950 N York Rd, Suite 105
Hinsdale, IL 60521

Illinois Podiatry Specialists Glendale Heights
701 Winthrop Ave Floor, Ste. 101
Glendale Heights, IL 60139


Illinois Podiatry Specialists Hinsdale

Illinois Podiatry Specialists Glendale Heights

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