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Causes and Treatment of Ankle Sprains

Tuesday, 09 January 2024 00:00

An ankle sprain occurs when ligaments are damaged due to a sudden incident, often when the foot rolls or twists beyond its usual range. This can result in the overstretching or tearing of ligaments. An inversion sprain causes strain on the outer ligaments and an eversion sprain affects the inner ligaments. Treatment for the majority of uncomplicated ankle sprains involves rest, avoiding weight on the ankle for the first 48 hours, compression using an elastic bandage, and elevating the foot to reduce swelling. If the ankle swells severely right after the injury and bearing weight is impossible, it is suggested that you schedule an immediate appointment with a podiatrist. Other signs for urgent attention include a loud crack or pop during the incident or an ankle deformity unrelated to swelling. Complete rehabilitation of the ankle joint is essential to avoid developing chronic weakness that can lead to further sprains. Among measures that can help are performing a range of motion, balance, and strengthening exercises with guidance from a podiatrist on length of time and intensity. To ensure a tailored treatment plan for a sprained ankle, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Glenn Davison, DPM from Advanced Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Union, NJ and New York . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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