Your ligaments are bands of tissue that join your bones together, like your foot to the bottom part of your leg. A sprained ankle happens when one or more ligaments in your ankle stretch in an abnormal way, causing small tears.
A sprained ankle can strike at any time. But at Aurora Health Care, you won’t have sit out for long. We offer convenient access to sports medicine experts, including same-day appointments. Our team delivers treatments like supportive bracing and physical therapy to help you get back on your feet.
At Aurora, our sports medicine experts help top athletes, including the Milwaukee Admirals hockey team, have a safe and healthy season. We provide the same level of care to active people throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
Highlights of our program include:
A sprained ankle happens when you twist your foot or land on it in an awkward way. Some sprains are mild, while others can make it difficult to go about your daily activities.
Common symptoms of a sprained ankle include:
We’re often able to diagnose a sprained ankle with a physical exam.
During the exam, an Aurora doctor, physical therapist or athletic trainer will:
Find out more about orthopedic diagnosis.
In most cases, a sprained ankle can heal on its own with noninvasive treatments. These treatments may include over-the-counter pain medications, a supportive brace to protect your ankle as it heals, and physical therapy.
Our physical therapists can help you avoid re-injury and plan a gradual return to your favorite activities. This plan may include exercises to improve flexibility and range of motion. Find out more about orthopedic physical therapy.