Sprained ankles are very common injuries, both for athletes and non-athletes. This condition happens when a foot twists beyond its normal range of motion and one of the ligaments becomes overly stretched or even tears. You will experience pain and discomfort from the injury, but needing surgical repair is quite rare for an ankle sprain.
Typically, this injury is effectively treated with conservative methods, which include following the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation), protecting the affected ankle with a brace, and easing back into physical activity.
When a procedure is required, options include either arthroscopy, which is a minimally invasive procedure, or reconstructive surgery. These are only necessary for injuries that fail to respond to conservative treatment options and persist after months of physical rehab, which is atypical for this kind of injury.
If you have any questions or are experiencing a stubborn sprained ankle that is not recovering normally, contact Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, L.L.C., and make an appointment to see Dr. Evan Merrill at our Medford, OR, office. Call us at (541) 776-3338 and get the pain relief you need today!