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Causes and Treatment of a Sprained Ankle

Tuesday, 25 January 2022 00:00

A sprained ankle is one of the most common injuries for athletes and other active people. A sprain is simply the overstretching, or tearing, of the ligaments that support the ankle joint. The most common causes are sudden shifting movement on a planted foot, or rolling the foot inward. Symptoms of mild sprains include pain and swelling, especially when putting weight on the foot. The first thing suggested is rest, ice, compression and elevation of the affected foot. It may be best to avoid exercise, alcohol, heat, or massage for a couple of days. And it is a good idea to limit weight-bearing activities for a few days. In more severe sprains, the ligament is either torn or partially torn. If swelling and pain become more severe, it is wise to consult with a podiatrist who can conduct a thorough examination of your ankle and provide options for treatment based on the result.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from The Podiatry Center. 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
  • Swelling
  • 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 one of our offices located in Richmond and Glen Allen, VA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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