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Confident Care for Ankle Sprains in Central California

Have you twisted your ankle or hurt it playing sports? If your ankle is sore to touch or it hurts to walk, our orthopedic experts can help you understand your ankle sprain symptoms.

See a Dignity Health Central California doctor for ongoing or severe ankle pain that interferes with your daily routine. For a severe ankle sprain or if your ankle hurts to walk, seek emergency care. If you would like more information about ankle sprain treatment in Central California, Find a Doctor today.


Identifying Ankle Sprain Symptoms at Dignity Health Central California

An ankle sprain happens when a ligament in your ankle stretches more than it should normally. Most happen while playing a sport, especially soccer, basketball, and football. A severe sprain can actually tear the ligament.

Some people are more likely than others to get ankle sprains. If you have ankles that naturally turn inward or had a previous ankle sprain, you are at greater risk for an ankle sprain. Others factors that can lead to a sprain are obesity, shortened tendons, poor muscle tone, and inexperience in playing a sport.

Your Dignity Health Central California doctor may diagnose your condition as a ankle sprain if you have:

  • Difficulty walking or putting weight on your ankle
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness or pain
  • Swelling


What to Expect for Ankle Sprain Recovery Time

It’s important to see a Dignity Health Central California doctor for proper diagnosis of your ankle sprain and to rule out a more severe orthopedic condition, such as an ankle fracture.

Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE), along with over-the-counter pain relievers, will usually ease your ankle sprain symptoms. Physical therapy also can help you get back to sports and activities. 

The good news is that your ankle ligaments will gradually heal with time. To prevent future ankle injuries:

  • Wear the proper footwear for your sport.
  • Alternate high-impact and low-impact activities.
  • Strengthen your muscles.
  • Wrap your ankle with an elastic bandage during sports.

For more information on ankle sprain treatment, contact Dignity Health Central California to find an orthopedic doctor for health care with humankindness.

Dignity Health Central California’s award-winning orthopedic services treat ankle conditions and injuries, including ankle sprains, in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.