Ankle Sprains Specialist

OrthoLinks Orthopedics and Rehabilitation

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Tampa, FL

Every day in the United States, 28,000 people sprain an ankle, but 55% of these people don’t seek help after a sprained ankle, which sets them up for larger problems down the road. At OrthoLinks Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, Dr. G. Jason Hunt and his team of orthopedic specialists offer effective care of sprained ankles to prevent future complications. If you’ve sprained your ankle, your care now can make all the difference. Call the office in Tampa, Florida, or use the online scheduler to set up an appointment as soon as possible.

Ankle Sprains Q & A

What is an ankle sprain?

An ankle sprain occurs when you stretch the ligaments in your ankle past their limits, which can cause a strain or tears along the connective tissue. The most common causes of a sprained ankle occur when you:

  • Roll or twist your ankle
  • Land awkwardly
  • Incur trauma (a direct hit to your ankle on the playing field, for example)

There are three degrees of severity when it comes to sprained ankles, which include:

Grade 1

The ligaments in your ankle stretch, which can cause microscopic tearing.

Grade 2

You incur a partial tear in your ligament.

Grade 3

Your ligament is completely torn, which causes severe instability.

The best way to determine the grade of your ankle sprain is to see Dr. Hunt at OrthoLinks Orthopedics and Rehabilitation.

What are the signs of an ankle sprain?

The primary signs that you may have sprained your ankle are:

  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness
  • Inability to bear weight
  • Instability within your joint

These symptoms typically develop fairly quickly after your accident or trauma, usually within the first 24 hours.

When should I see a doctor for an ankle sprain?

Any time you experience pain or swelling in a joint as important as your ankle, you should seek the counsel of Dr. Hunt. This is especially true if your symptoms don’t get better after a day or two, or get worse.

In fact, early care of a sprained ankle is critical in avoiding future problems with arthritis or chronic ankle instability.

How are ankle sprains diagnosed and treated?

After a thorough review of your symptoms, Dr. Hunt often turns to advanced imaging to take a look at what’s going on inside your ankle. Once he determines the degree of the sprain, Dr. Hunt comes up with a treatment plan that’s best suited to your problem, which may include:

  • Rest
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Assistive devices
  • Splints or wraps
  • Joint injections
  • Rehabilitation

In severe cases, Dr. Hunt may need to surgically repair your ligament using the latest minimally invasive techniques available.

To learn more about the comprehensive sprained ankle care at OrthoLinks Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, call or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.