Ankle Sprains Specialist

Alex Urteaga, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Foot and Ankle Clinic of Central Texas

Alex Urteaga, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in New Braunfels, TX

After you have one ankle sprain, an increased risk for repeated injuries and chronic instability can interfere with your active lifestyle. Alex Urteaga, DPM, at Foot and Ankle Clinic of Central Texas, is the only local surgeon in the New Braunfels, Texas, area certified to perform the Arthrex® InternalBrace™ procedure for ankle sprains and instability. To learn how you can recover quickly from an ankle sprain and return to sports and activities, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Ankle Sprains Q & A

What is an ankle sprain?

A sprained ankle is one of the most common podiatric sports injuries. A sprain occurs when the ligaments in a joint stretch beyond their means and tear.

Ankle sprains range in severity from mild, which involves slight stretching and microscopic tears, to severe, which leaves you with a completely torn ligament.

Without proper treatment, an ankle sprain may not heal correctly. This can leave the ankle vulnerable to repeated sprains and chronic instability.

How do ankle sprains occur?

Ankle sprains happen to people of all ages and activity levels. However, they’re especially common in athletes and active people. You may sprain your ankle anytime you roll or twist your foot while bearing weight on it.

Running or walking on uneven surfaces, like a forest trail, or participating in sports that require cutting actions, like soccer, increases your risk of ankle sprains.

How do I know if I have an ankle sprain?

Ankle sprains cause sudden, intense pain at the time of injury. You may also experience swelling, bruising, and tenderness to the touch. Severe sprains may cause ankle instability that makes it difficult to walk.

Signs and symptoms of an ankle sprain are similar to those of other acute injuries, such as fractures. The best thing to do if you think you have a sprained ankle is to see the experts at Foot & Ankle Clinic of Central Texas for an accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment.

What are the treatment options for ankle sprains?

Most ankle sprains resolve with nonsurgical treatments, like rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). Your podiatrist at Foot & Ankle Clinic of Central Texas may immobilize your ankle in a cast-boot and recommend you use crutches to keep weight off the injured foot.

For persistent or severe ankle sprains, surgery may be necessary. Dr. Urteaga is the best ankle sprain surgeon in central Texas and the only local doctor listed on anklesprain.com to perform the advanced Arthrex InternalBrace procedure.

Whether your treatment is surgical or nonsurgical, physical therapy is an important part of your recovery from an ankle sprain.

What is the outlook after an ankle sprain?

About 1 in 5 people who suffer an ankle sprain goes on to experience long-term problems. The rate for athletes jumps to 1 in 3.

At Foot & Ankle Clinic of Central Texas, Dr. Urteaga uses the Arthrex InternalBrace to prevent chronic ankle pain and instability after a sprain. This implantable brace allows for greater mobility and an earlier return to activity after recovery.

For the most advanced treatment of ankle sprains, call Foot and Ankle Clinic of Central Texas, or book an appointment online today.