Treatment and Relief for Ankle Sprains

Looking for relief from an ankle sprain in San Antonio, TX? Ankle sprains are caused by an unnatural twisting or force on the ankle bones of the foot, which may result in excessive stretching or tearing of one or more ligaments on the outside of the ankle. The severity of the sprain can impact the degree of damage as well as the type and duration of treatment. If not properly treated, ankle sprains may develop into long-term problems.

Dr. Kathren D. McCarty, former chief resident of the Orthopedics Dept./Podiatry division at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio is an expert at assisting patents with an ankle sprain in San Antonio, TX. Prior to joining Sports Occupational & Knee Surgery in 2008, she performed over 2000 podiatry procedures. As a respected and experienced podiatrist that can effectively diagnose and treat your needs whether it is ankle and joint pain, plantar fasciitis, heel pain, toenail fungus or other foot and ankle ailments; Dr McCarty strives to deliver quality podiatry care to informed patients in our comfortable and convenient offices.

What Are The Symptoms of a Sprained Ankle?

Primary symptoms of ankle sprains are pain following a twist or injury, swelling, and bruising.

What Causes Ankle Sprains?

The bones of the ankle (tibia, fibula and talus) are held in correct alignment by strong bands of collagen tissue (ligaments) and muscles attach to the bones of the foot moving the ankle and adding stability to the joint. A sudden twisting injury to the foot (usually with the sole pointing inwards – inversion injury) may stretch the ligament fibers. This may cause pain, swelling and bruising. Most people are able to walk even with a limp.

Further force may cause the ligament to rupture or for a flake of bone to be pulled from where the ligament attaches It is not usually possible to put any weight on the ankle following such injuries. Further force may cause fracture of the bones surrounding the ankle and dislocation of the joint.

Ankle Sprain Treatment with Dr. McCarty

Treatment includes resting and elevating the ankle and applying ice to reduce swelling. Compressive bandages also may be used to immobilize and support the injury during healing. Serious ankle sprains, particularly among competitive athletes, may require surgery to repair and tighten the damaged ligaments.

Dr. Kathren McCarty combines knowledgeable and honest care with the most advanced technology in the Greater San Antonio region to treat patients with an ankle sprain in San Antonio, TX.

Healthy, happy feet are only a click or call away. Call Dr. Kathren McCarty at Sports, Occupational and Knee Surgery today for a consultation appointment; 210-696-9000

Treatment Options for Ankle Sprains


The majority of simple sprains recover fully within a few days with “PRICE” – Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. If you are unable to put weight through the ankle/foot, you should be evaluated by a foot & ankle specialist. I have had so many patients come into the office surprised by the severity of the ligament damage or even fracture.

Ankle Arthroscopy & Physical Therapy

Sprains that show no signs of improvement of pain by 3 months or are painful 6 months after injury may require further investigation, physical therapy and possibly an arthroscopy.

Sometimes the ankle does not stabilize even after intensive physical therapy. If the ankle continues to feel unstable with repeated sprains then it may be necessary to perform surgery to reconstruct the lateral ligaments.

Lateral Ankle Stabilizing Surgery

Recovery from lateral ankle stabilizing surgery usually requires 6 -12 weeks depending on the individual.

The professional staff at Sports, Occupational and Knee Surgery in San Antonio, Texas along with Dr. McCarty, will evaluate your personal injury and will follow you through to your full recovery, ensuring your health and prevention of future injury.

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Schedule a Consultation

Dr. Peter Holmes and his professional staff at Sports, Occupational and Knee Surgery in San Antonio, TX will help guide you towards the best treatment for you and will follow you through to full recovery. Call (210) 696-9000 today for an appointment to treat your ankle sprain at either our San Antonio or Schertz location.