Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center
Orthopedic Surgery located in Henderson, NV & Las Vegas, NV
A foot or ankle sprain is one of the most common injuries people experience. Sprains can happen during sports play, but also when merely stepping off a curb wrong or tripping at home. The experienced orthopedic team at Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center effectively evaluates and treats sprains to get you back on your feet as soon as possible. If you suspect a sprain, call the Fast Track Clinic for a same-day appointment or reach out to one of the offices in Las Vegas or Henderson, Nevada, to set up your appointment. You may also use the online tool to schedule.
Sprains Q & A
What are sprains?
A foot sprain affects the ligaments, the fibrous bands of tissue that connect bone to bone. Sprains to the ankle are extremely common, affecting some 25,000 people each day.
A strain is different from a sprain in that it affects tendons, which connect muscle to nearby bones. When tendons are stretched or torn, you can be in notable pain, although strains are usually mild injuries that resolve with rest.
The team at Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center regularly evaluates ankle and foot sprains and has the skills to properly stabilize and treat your injury. They help you through rehabilitation to ensure you’re completely healed and not at risk of a recurrence of the injury or long-term ankle instability.
When should I suspect I have a sprain?
Foot and ankle sprains usually result in:
- Pain around the joint
- Limited range of motion
- Muscle spasms (in foot sprains)
When you come to Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center with these symptoms, the providers conduct a thorough physical examination of your foot to assess the degree of your injury. You may also benefit from an X-Ray or MRI to get a thorough look at the structures inside your foot and ankle.
How are sprains treated?
Mild sprains often resolve with rest, ice, compression, and elevation, the so-called RICE method. If these conservative treatments don’t help and symptoms get worse, it could indicate a severe sprain in which the muscles, tendons, or ligaments of the foot have ruptured or become torn.
Severe sprains can leave the joint unstable and make it more likely that you’ll experience an even more serious injury. In extreme cases, the ligaments of the joint may even tear completely away from the bone.
Severe sprains may require surgery from the experienced team at Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center. The practice offers physical therapy and supportive braces during your recovery to optimize your healing. Adequate healing is essential to preventing reinjury and creating long-term ankle instability.
If you have a severe sprain in your foot or ankle, call Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center or use this website to schedule an appointment today.