Sprained Ankle Specialist

Battle Born Bone & Joint Center

Orthopedic Surgeon & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Las Vegas, NV

Ankle sprains are common injuries that can affect all age groups and activity levels. Injuries may occur while simply walking to your mailbox, or may occur as a result of intense workouts or competitive sporting events. If you twisted your ankle and are having pain and difficulty walking, consider a comprehensive evaluation at Battle Born Bone & Joint Center in Las Vegas or Henderson, Nevada. Dr. Granata will help you better understand your injury and will help you recover as fast as possible. Dr. Granata offers same-day and next-day appointments. Call the office book an appointment online today.

Sprained Ankle Q & A

What is a sprained ankle?

A sprained ankle is a common injury that occurs when the ligament(s) that supports your ankle are stretched or torn. Injuries range from mild to severe, and may result in long term pain and instability if not treated appropriately.  

Ligament tears are generally classified as follows:

  • Grade 1: mild, slight microscopic tears in the ligament
  • Grade 2: partial tear of the ligament, that may create instability
  • Grade 3: complete tear of the ligament, characterized by unstable ligament support

What are the symptoms of a sprained ankle?

The symptoms of a sprained ankle include:

  • Swelling and bruising around the ankle
  • Ankle pain, tenderness, or difficulty walking
  • Ankle instability

When should I see the doctor for an ankle sprain?

If you injured your ankle and are unable to resume your normal daily activities, please contact us to schedule an appointment. We will assess your injury and recommend a treatment plan based on the severity of your injury.  

How is an ankle sprain managed?

While the majority of ankle sprains are treated conservatively (non-surgical), it is important to understand your exact diagnosis and to establish the appropriate treatment plan as soon as possible. Severe, neglected injuries may result in long term instability and pain.  

Treatment includes:

  • Rest and ice
  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Immobilization and use of crutches
  • Stretching and targeted exercises to improve strength and stability
  • Surgery

Does a sprained ankle need surgery?

If your ankle remains weak and unstable despite conservative care, Dr. Granata may recommend considering surgery. Surgical options vary depending on the specific injury.

As a skilled orthopedist, Dr. Granata performs all necessary procedures to repair the injury. This may include ankle arthroscopy to evaluate and treat your joint and cartilage, including removal  of excessive and painful scar tissue. During the procedure, he uses a small camera and special surgical tools to remove fragments of bone, cartilage or ligament that are damaged. Ligaments are directly visualized through a separate incision and, most commonly, directly repaired.

If you have an ankle sprain, call the office and book an appointment today.