Sprained Ankle Specialist

Scott M. Taylor, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon located in Oakland, CA

A sprained ankle can make walking painful and uncomfortable. In severe cases, sprained ankles can cause unbearable pain and be completely debilitating. Dr. Scott Taylor of Scott M. Taylor, M.D., A Professional Corporation in Oakland, California, provides comprehensive treatments for sprained ankles. Call or schedule an appointment online today.

Sprained Ankle Q & A

What is a sprained ankle?

A sprained ankle occurs when the tough ligaments that help hold your ankle bones together get overstretched or torn. This common injury can range in seriousness from minor to severe.


What causes a sprained ankle?

A sprained ankle happens when you roll, turn, or awkwardly twist your ankle. Most sprained ankles occur while making a quick shifting movement with your foot planted.

Often, your foot will turn inward and your ankle will roll outward, causing the ligaments on the outside of your ankle to overstretch or tear.

High ankle sprains, such as syndesmosis tears, occur when the ankle gets overloaded and pushed upward and outward with great force. The injured ligaments are located above the ankle joint.

Some of the most common causes of a sprained ankle include:

  • Walking or exercising on an uneven surface
  • Falling
  • Landing awkwardly on your foot after jumping
  • Having your foot accidentally stepped on


What are the symptoms of a sprained ankle?

You’ll experience different symptoms based on the severity of your sprained ankle. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Pain, especially when bearing weight on your foot
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness to the touch
  • Limited range of motion
  • Instability while standing or walking

Many of the symptoms of a sprained ankle mimic those of a fracture, leading to misdiagnosis. Fractured ankles and sprained ankles require entirely different treatments, so it’s essential that you see an orthopedic surgeon like Dr. Taylor to get an accurate diagnosis.


How is a sprained ankle treated?

There are several treatments for a sprained ankle, and the severity of your case will determine the treatment. First, Dr. Taylor examines your ankle and foot to diagnose the issue accurately. Then he recommends the best treatment plan.

While many sprained ankles are treatable with rest, ice, and pain medication, serious cases -- such as a syndesmosis rupture -- require surgery. In these instances, Dr. Taylor may recommend the following surgeries:

  • Open reduction internal fixation of ankle fracture
  • Ankle decompression surgery
  • Achilles tendon rupture repair

If you’ve suffered a foot or ankle injury that required surgical hardware to hold your ankle together, it’s possible to suffer from pain and impaired function caused by the hardware. In that case, Dr. Taylor recommends ankle hardware removal surgery.

If you recently suffered an accident that is causing ankle pain and swelling, you may be suffering from a sprained or fractured ankle. Call or schedule an appointment online.