Sprained Ankle Specialist

Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle

Podiatrists located in Pawtucket, RI

Not only is a sprained ankle incredibly painful, but without proper treatment, it can lead to permanent ankle instability and an increased risk of future injuries. Whether your sprained ankle is minor or severe, it’s important to seek help from board-certified podiatrist Joseph K. Domenico, DPM, of Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle. Dr. Domenico diagnoses and treats your ankle sprain injury right in his Pawtucket, Rhode Island, clinic. Schedule your sprained ankle evaluation today by clicking on the online booking feature, or by calling the office.

Sprained Ankle Q & A

Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle

What causes an ankle sprain?

You have structurally strong connective tissues, known as ligaments, all over your body. Ligaments are responsible for attaching bones to other bones, providing stability and flexibility within a joint.

When your ligament is overstretched, like when you roll your ankle, it strains the fibrous connective tissue and, in some cases, even causes it to tear. There are plenty of ways you can sprain your ankle, including:

  • Running on uneven surfaces
  • Having arthritis or joint damage
  • Playing sports where you jump or twist
  • Wearing poorly fitting shoes
  • Improperly warming up or cooling down at the gym

Once you’ve sprained your ankle, you may have weakened ligaments, which can make you more vulnerable to future sprains.

How do I know if my ankle is sprained?

Sometimes, you know right away that your ankle is sprained because you feel pain or hear a popping sound when the injury occurs. However, a sprained ankle isn’t always obvious, as signs and symptoms can continue to progress for several days afterward. You can usually tell that your ankle is sprained if you experience:

  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Tenderness or warmth over the joint
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the ankle
  • Severe bruising

You may also feel like your ankle is going to give out while walking. Although these warning signs typically point to a sprained ankle, the same symptoms could also be used to describe a broken bone. This is another reason why it’s so important to have a thorough evaluation with Dr. Domenico at Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle as soon as your injury takes place.

What is the treatment for a sprained ankle?

Treating your ankle sprain involves relieving pain and inflammation, as well as re-strengthening your ankle. After gathering X-ray imaging and performing a physical examination, Dr. Domenico designs your treatment plan, which may include:

  • Ankle bracing or splinting
  • Physical therapy
  • Cortisone injections
  • Custom orthotics
  • Therapeutic ultrasound

Dr. Domenico spends time thoroughly checking for instability and determining the severity of your injury. Therefore, you can feel confident in the likelihood of a full recovery.

Find relief from severe ankle pain and inflammation by scheduling a treatment evaluation at Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle, either online or over the phone.