The strong bands of ligaments that bind together and support the ankle bones can become injured when they are stretched beyond their normal constraints during physical activity, or if the ankle is chronically unstable and “turns out.” This injury is known as an ankle sprain. There are several grades of ankle sprains, with the most severe ones involving a partial or full tear of the ligament(s). Symptoms of an ankle sprain include varying degrees of pain, bruising, stiffness, swelling, and soreness. Depending on how bad the sprain is, and whether the ligament has torn, it may be difficult or impossible to walk on the affected foot. Even mild ankle sprains should be assessed and treated by a podiatrist, as improperly healed sprains may lead to future sprains and chronic ankle instability. Contact a podiatrist if you have sustained an ankle injury, or if you have weak ankles due to a prior ankle sprain. They will be able to help your ankle heal properly so you can get “back in the game,” and avoid any future complications.
Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact one of our podiatrists from In Motion Foot and Ankle. 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 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
- 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 office located in Cypress, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.