Pain following a lateral ankle sprain is not unusual. The immediate pain and swelling can be managed using the RICE technique: rest, ice, compression and elevation. Following a reasonable recovery period (2-4 weeks), most injuries will have healed. When disability persists, more damage may have been done. Advanced testing and imaging can be used to establish a diagnosis.
Stress X-rays, CT scans and MRIs have all proven invaluable in discovering the hidden source of pain. For example, a torn ligament leads to instability and abnormal motion of the joint it’s intended to stabilize, damage to cartilage in the joint can present as a catching of the joint or an on-again, off-again pain deep in the joint and a torn tendon will cause pain along the course of the tendon, swelling or loss of function.
If you or someone you know is suffering long after an ankle injury, an evaluation by Carmel Foot Specialists can get you back on your feet! Call us today 704-542-8253 to schedule a consultation.