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.
Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Dennis Grandy, DPM from California. 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
- 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 Sacramento, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.