One of the most common injuries that occurs while playing sports is an ankle sprain. An ankle sprain occurs when a sudden twist or force over stretches or tears the ligaments that connect to the bones in the joints. Common indications of an ankle sprain include swelling around the ankle, bruising, pain, and difficulty bending the ankle. Patients who are unable to walk on their ankle, have significant swelling, or have symptoms that last for multiple days should consult with a podiatrist for treatment. Because it can be hard to differentiate between an ankle sprain and an ankle fracture, patients who are experiencing significant pain in the ankle should consult with a podiatrist. A podiatrist will be able to evaluate the injury through tools like imaging to accurately diagnose and treat the injury.
Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from PA Foot & Ankle Associates. 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 one of our offices located in Pennsylvania . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.Read more about Ankle Sprains