Ankle Sprains in Parker, Colorado
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Ankle sprains are a relatively common traumatic injury, especially among people who enjoy an active lifestyle that includes sports and other activities like hiking, skiing, and climbing. At Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine, podiatrists Kevin Blue, DPM, FACFAS, Ryan Muchowski, DPM, and the team offer patients in and around Parker, Colorado, the most advanced treatment options for ankle sprains. They tailor each course of treatment to your medical and lifestyle needs for a fast recovery and rapid return to the activities you love.
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I got in quickly, started treatment, will have a followup. Easy ability to contact for information. My visit initiated with the doctor. In-office x-rays, specialization. All around foot care.
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I had a very positive experience on my visit to Dr M. The office staff was efficient and friendly. I was examined, diagnosed and treated very effectively by Dr. M and was on my way in no time. I would highly recommend this office.
Dr. Muchowski is amazing! He has been working with us for approx. 2 years. His care and understanding for sports injury's is first class. I would recommend him to all athletes having any pain or injury.
I had a really bad ingrown toenail. It was the week of Thanksgiving and when I called, understandably there were no appointments available but Jazzy got me scheduled for the very next appointment available the following Tuesday. Dr. Muchowksi was fantastic! He got my toe sorted out quickly and with the utmost skill and care. He gave clear post-procedure care instructions and the toe looks and feels great. I can't speak highly enough of the professionalism and kindness of all of the staff here! Hopefully I won't have to see you all too soon (hehe) but if I have any issues, you all have a patient for life!
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Ankle Sprains FAQs
What is a sprain?
A sprain is an injury to a ligament, a strong, fibrous band of tissue that connects one bone to another, providing:
Sprains occur when a ligament is:
• Partially or completely torn
Ankle sprains most often occur when the ankle is twisted or bent, and the ligament is forced beyond its normal range of movement. You might also sprain your ankle during a:
• Car accident
• Sports-related accident
Activities like hiking, running, and rock climbing are also associated with ankle sprains, especially when you don’t warm up properly before beginning your activity or when you don’t wear supportive shoes. Most ankle sprains occur in the area where the bones of the ankle join with the bones of the foot, but in a few cases, a sprain can occur in the ligaments that join the foot with the lower leg. These sprains are sometimes referred to as high ankle sprains.
Many patients confuse sprains with strains, which involve tendons or muscles rather than ligaments. Some very severe injuries can result in a piece of bone being pulled off when the ligament itself is torn.
What symptoms are associated with ankle sprains?
Ankle sprains can cause different symptoms, depending on the severity of the sprain, its location, and other factors.
The most common symptoms include:
• Swelling at the injury site
• Instability in the joint
Some ligament injuries are accompanied by a popping noise as the ligament snaps back and forth or tears.
How are ankle sprains diagnosed and treated?
Your physician will begin your treatment with a careful evaluation of the ankle, foot, and lower leg to evaluate the sprain and to rule out other possible injuries that may cause the same or similar symptoms. In many cases, they’ll order an X-ray to provide in-depth information about the injury that can help guide treatment.
Some mild sprains can be treated with:
• Pain medication
• Application of ice packs
• Rest to reduce inflammation and discomfort
Bandages, casting, or splints can provide support to the area during healing. Your physician may also recommend you use a cane or crutches when walking to prevent additional damage to the ankle. In a few cases, they may recommend surgery to repair a ligament that’s been badly torn.