Ankle sprains are a foot injury many people endure at some point in their lives. It generally happens during a fall when it is twisted beyond its normal range of motion. The ligaments can become stretched or torn, and it is often painful. It can happen from unexpectedly stepping off of a curb, causing the ankle to roll outward while the foot turns inward. A mild sprain can cause the ankle to feel stable despite it being tender, swollen, and stiff. Bruising may accompany a more serious sprain, and walking is often difficult. If the ankle sprain is severe, it is impossible to walk, as the ankle can be wobbly and give out. A proper diagnosis is often performed by having an X-ray taken, which is successful in ruling out a fractured ankle. Treatment can begin with wrapping the affected ankle with a compression bandage and elevating it as often as possible. Many people use crutches for mobility, and this can help to keep the weight off of the foot. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can properly treat it.
Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Montgomery Foot Care Specialists. our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?
Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.
What Are the Symptoms?
- Mild to moderate bruising
- Limited mobility
- Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)
Preventing a Sprain
- Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
- Stretching before exercises and sports
- Knowing your limits
Treatment of a Sprain
Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity. Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.
If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Montgomery, AL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.