How soon you should see a doctor depends on your ankle sprain symptoms. If you hear a popping sound at the time of the injury, notice severe swelling or bruising, or find you can’t put weight on your affected foot, you should seek treatment right away. You may have a severe sprain. Assessing the damage and promptly managing the condition are necessary for a complete recovery.
If your injury is less severe but continues to be painful, bruised, and swollen after one to two weeks of home remedies, you should have your joint examined. The sooner you see a professional, the quicker you’ll receive the targeted treatment you need. This can help you avoid long-term complications that weaken your whole joint, too.
All ankle sprains need proper first aid. Don’t take a “small” injury for granted and risk additional issues later. If you’re concerned about a possible sprain, let us know at Martin Foot and Ankle in York, Hanover, Lancaster and Lititz, PA. We can help restore your joint. Call (717) 757-3537 or submit a request online to reach any of our offices.