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Ankle sprains can occur during common activities such as playing, running, dancing, or just walking down the sidewalk.  Many times and ankle sprain can be confused with an ankle strain.  A sprain occurs when the ligament stretches past it’s normal length.  This causes either minor tearing of the tissue or a full tear.  While a strain is similar to overstretching, and minor tearing of the tissue still can occur, it occurs in the muscle and not the ligament like a sprain.

If an ankle sprain occurs, the ankle will most always swell, and a large lump will commonly appear within minutes on the outside of the ankle.  Bearing weight on the injury is very painful and many times impossible.  The accurate level of the damage needs to be confirmed by a podiatrist.  

Try to get an appointment with Dr. Applegate as soon as possible.  As you await your appointment, there are some simple steps one can take in order to reduce further injury.  Get off of your ankle, use crutches if possible, and get some help with walking.  One can also try RICE therapy which stands for Rest (get off the injury), Ice (with an ice pack), Compress (use an elastic type wrap with moderate to mild compression ), Elevate (your ankle at least 6 inches above your waist level which will reduce the amount of swelling).  Also taking an anti inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen Sodium.  This will help reduce the pain and swelling as well.

If you are suffering from an ankle sprain, consider scheduling an appointment at Texas Foot and Ankle Specialists. We are conveniently located adjacent to the La Centerra outdoor shopping center across from Cinco Ranch High School in the Katy area of west Houston. We have convenient hours to accommodate a variety of schedules and usually can offer same day appointments for those with pressing needs.