When to Seek Treatment for Ankle Sprain [Video]
Ask the Expert: Foot and Ankle Video Series
About the video: What is an ankle sprain and when should I seek treatment?
Learn when an ankle sprain occurs and what steps to take in order to heal that injury. Featuring Summit Orthopedics’ foot and ankle experts Michael Castro, D.O., and Tracy Rupke, M.D.
Meet Dr. Michael Castro
Dr. Castro’s approach: “I view the foot and ankle as a ‘perfect machine’ that is taken for granted…when it breaks down the effects can be profound. My focus and the focus of my team is to help get you back on your feet doing what you love.”
Dr. Castro’s background: After graduating from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, Dr. Castro earned his medical degree at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. His residency took place at Michigan State University/Mount Clemens General Hospital in Mount Clemens, Michigan, and he went on to complete two fellowships: the Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship at Portland Foot and Ankle Center in South Portland, Maine, and then an AO/ASIF Fellowship in Bellinzona, Switzerland.
Meet Dr. Tracy Rupke
Dr. Rupke’s approach: “I am dedicated to providing the best care possible for my patients. I love running and understand every patient’s desire to return to their own life and activities.”
Dr. Rupke’s background: Much of Dr. Rupke’s training and education took place in Ontario, Canada. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Guelph, earned her medical degree at Queen’s University in Kingston, and underwent residency training at the University of Ottawa. There she also completed a Sports Medicine fellowship, and she went on to train in the University of Washington’s Foot and Ankle Surgery fellowship program at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.
Summit Orthopedics offers personalized foot and ankle expertise
Our fellowship-trained foot and ankle physicians understand that your mobility depends on the health of your feet and ankles. If you have suffered an injury or are experiencing symptoms that make walking painful, our team of foot and ankle specialists can help with conservative treatment, seasoned surgical teams, and expert rehabilitation support. Summit Orthopedics specialists have the expertise to evaluate your discomfort and develop a plan to quickly and safely get you back on your feet and on your way.
Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MN, Plymouth, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.
More resources for you
- Watch the video: How Weight Affects Your Feet and Ankles
- Ankle Sprains: Physical Therapy Now Can Prevent Surgery Later
- Ask Dr. Anderson: How Are Sprains Different From Lisfranc Injuries?
- Tips To Treat Ankle Sprains
So an ankle sprain occurs when there’s a – kind of a forced rotation of the foot or rolling over of the foot. Most commonly, it’s the outside of the ankle that’s involved, two ligaments primarily. The sprain is a stretching or tearing of those ligaments. And in truth, it results in laxity. Your ankle will move in ways that it shouldn’t for a period of time. But more often than not, the body heals that. After a severe ankle sprain, you’re much more likely to have more ankle sprains. And that’s usually because, although the ligaments will generally heal, sometimes they’re a little bit more loose than they were before. So it is important to seek medical attention for an ankle sprain, especially if you have any difficulty putting weight on your foot, because sometimes that sprain might actually be a more significant sprain or a fracture. And again, it can be very difficult to differentiate. So it is important, if you’re having difficulty putting weight on your foot, that you should come in, get an X-ray, and be evaluated.
Dr. Anderson explains that although Lisfranc injuries can be mistaken for simple sprains, they are much more serious.
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