Torn ligaments in the ankle may be indicative of an ankle sprain. This can occur by suddenly stepping off of a curb, or from twisting the ankle beyond its normal limitations. Common symptoms that are often associated with this ailment can include immediate swelling, bruising, and it can become difficult to walk. Patients may find it painful to move the affected area, and the overall ankle may hurt when it is touched. It is beneficial to seek immediate medical attention if you feel you have sprained your ankle. A visit for a sprained ankle generally consists of having an X-ray taken, which is helpful in ruling out a broken ankle. Mild relief may be found when the affected foot is elevated, in addition to wrapping it with an elastic bandage. This is needed to provide ankle stability as the healing process takes place. If you think that you may have sprained your ankle, it is strongly suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition.
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 Landmark Foot and Ankle 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 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 Alexandria, VA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.