One of the most common injuries that can occur is an ankle sprain. They occur when the foot twists inwards under the weight of the body (usually due to trauma) which causes the ankle to twist and results in the ligaments getting over stretched and potentially even torn. While the entire ankle joint may be affected, pain will specifically be felt on the outside of the ankle where the damaged ligaments are. The ankle usually swells immediately, but it may take up to 48 hours for the swelling to develop. Bruising is also likely to occur. Because the symptoms of an ankle sprain are similar to a broken ankle, patients who believe that they have sprained their ankle should consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment options.
Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Orange County Podiatry. 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.
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