Ankle Sprain Specialist

James C Graham, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Graham Family Foot & Ankle Care

James C Graham, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Effingham, IL

The most common cause of an ankle sprain is when your ankle rolls outward and your foot turns inward. Dr. James C. Graham of Graham Family Foot & Ankle Care is an expert at treating foot and ankle injuries for patients of all ages in Effingham, Illinois, and the surrounding central and southern Illinois neighborhoods. High school students or adults who play sports like soccer, football, tennis, and volleyball are susceptible to ankle sprains and injuries. For prompt, caring pain relief from an ankle sprain, call or schedule an appointment online.

Ankle Sprain Q&A

How do I know if my ankle is broken or sprained?

When you twist or roll your ankle, the pain can feel so intense, you might think it’s broken. The only way to know for sure if your ankle is broken or sprained is to have Dr. Graham thoroughly examine it. He is an experienced podiatrist, foot and ankle surgeon, so he can evaluate your symptoms and determine the extent of your injury.

If your ankle is sprained, you may have some of the following symptoms:

  • Swelling and bruising around your ankle or foot
  • Inability to fully move your ankle
  • Difficulty walking
  • Pain when trying to stand on your foot
  • Popping or snapping in your ankle

What are the treatment options for an ankle sprain?

It’s important to get treatment for a sprained ankle so it heals properly and doesn’t turn into a chronic, painful condition. Depending on the nature and severity of your specific sprain, Dr. Graham may recommend any of the following treatment options:

  • Wrapping your ankle in elastic bandages or a brace for extra support
  • Walking with crutches so you don’t have to put weight on your foot
  • Elevating your foot while sitting and sleeping to reduce swelling
  • Icing your ankle several times a day

Mild sprains can take a week to 10 days to heal completely, and more severe injuries can take several weeks. In rare cases, you may need surgery if the damage to your ligaments is severe or doesn’t improve with nonsurgical treatments. Dr. Graham is experienced in all aspects of ankle sprains and injuries, including any necessary endoscopic and arthroscopic surgery.

What are some ways to prevent ankle sprains?

Once you’ve injured your ankle, it’s a good idea to take precautions so you don’t injure it again and cause more serious damage to the ligaments in your ankle and foot. If you play sports, Dr. Graham may suggest wrapping your ankle once you return to your normal activities. Additionally, there are exercises you can do to strengthen your ankle after a sprain.

Wearing supportive footwear, warming up properly before exercising, and taking a break from an activity or sport if your ankle begins to feel fatigued are some ways to prevent additional injuries. If you think you may have sprained or injured your ankle, call or go online for an appointment with Dr. Graham as soon as possible.