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By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
February 27, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: ankle sprain  

Is your ankle sore and swollen after a stumble off the sidewalk or a misstep during a backyard football game? You may have a sprainedankle sprain ankle. Madison and Stoughton, WI, podiatrist Dr. Neal Katz shares a few signs that may occur if you have a sprain.

Ankle pain

Ankle pain due to a sprained ankle may range from mild to severe. Sprains occur when the ligaments in your ankle joint stretch or tear. The amount of pain you feel depends on the severity of your injury. If you have a mild sprain, you may have only experienced pain for a few minutes after your injury. More serious sprains can cause constant pain that increases when you stand or walk.


Is your ankle swollen and puffy? As soon as your body realizes that you have an injury, it reacts by sending white blood cells to the injured area. White blood cells not only fight infection, but also play an important role in wound healing. Because blood flow increases to your ankle as a result, your ankle begins to swell. Swelling can cause the joint to become stiff and difficult to move.


Bruising, which often occurs along with pain and swelling, happens due to tiny tears in the blood vessels under your skin. The blood that leaks from the vessels builds up under your skin and makes the injured area look black and blue.

Popping sound

It's not unusual to notice a popping sound at the moment your hurt your ankle. The sound occurs when the ligaments stretch or tear.

Trouble walking

It's not so easy to walk when your ankle is painful and stiff. In some cases, it may be impossible to put any weight on your injured ankle. Walking or standing can be extremely difficult if your ankle joint has become unstable due to a severe sprain or a fracture.

When should I see a podiatrist?

If your ankle still hurts after a week or two, you experience severe pain immediately after your injury, or you can't put any weight on your joint, it's a good idea to schedule an appointment at our Madison or Stoughton offices. Some people benefit from walking casts or boots and crutches while their sprains heal. We may also recommend physical therapy to strengthen muscles that support your ankle. Surgery may be needed if your sprain is severe and your ankle has become unstable, although most sprains can be treated without surgery.

Are you concerned about a possible sprain or other foot or ankle issue? Call podiatrist Dr. Neal Katz at (608) 241-0848 to schedule an appointment in the W. Washington Avenue or Cottage Grove Road offices in Madison, WI, or the Stoughton, WI, office.



(608) 241-0848

664 W Washington Ave. Madison, WI

4901 Cottage Grove Rd, Madison, WI

225 Church St, Stoughton WI