Many have experienced minor ankle sprains at some point in their lives, particularly those engaged in athletic activities and sports as well as manual labor. While these injuries can be overlooked or dismissed as bumps that don't require doctor's intervention, these seemingly minor tweaks can progress into something worse.
This is why it is important to have a consultation at the Associated Foot Care Clinic in Culver City with Dr. J. Leonard Knudson, DPM so that your ankle sprain will not worsen into something that will lead to permanent damage, repeated injuries or ultimately require surgery.
Ankle Sprain Can Lead to Greater Injuries
Even minor ankle sprains involve stretching and tearing at the ligaments of the ankle, important tissues that stabilize the joint as it moves. If the sprain is dismissed and if the individual resumes their regular activities without having the sprain checked, then there is a risk of it becoming more severe.
If they partake in sports and intense exercise, then if their sprain hasn't recovered and they resume these activities, the sprain can grow more severe, causing more bruising and excessive swelling. This can make the affected ankle have a harder time bearing weight and can result in other injuries should the individual end up tripping or falling again.
See A Podiatrist Even If You Can Walk Through The Pain
Reach out to your Culver City foot doctor to have your sprain checked because even while you can walk or limp through the pain, there is still a chance that the injury may worsen. This is why it is important to have it properly assessed by your Culver City podiatrist in order to determine the true degree of the damage and if there's any risk of it worsening. A full evaluation, diagnosis and treatment plan will factor in the extent of the damage to the ligaments and provide appropriate care.
Ankle Sprain Treatment at Associated Foot Care Culver City
After the evaluation process Dr. J. Leonard Knudson, DPM will provide a proper treatment plan for the ankle sprain, including:
Icing and anti-inflammatory medication to reduce ankle swelling
Elevating and resting the ankle to improve recovery time
Recommending crutches and resting the injured ankle to prevent additional injuries
Recommending a medical brace to support the damage ligaments
As a last resort, surgery to fix ligaments that have taken severe damage
If you have suffered from an ankle sprain, reach out to Culver City foot doctor for an assessment, in order to determine the best course of treatment to restore your mobility and quality of life.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. J. Leonard Knudson - a Culver City Foot Doctor for treatment.
Dr. J. Leonard Knudson is a Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Culver City and near West Los Angeles. We also tend to patients from nearby - UCLA, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice, Santa Monica and the West Los Angeles area.
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