Diagnosing and Treating Ankle Sprains
An ankle sprain is one of the most common sports injuries that occurs when ligaments that keep the ankle stable are damaged. Ankle sprains are commonly caused by a twist of the ankle, and athletes whose sports require frequent changes of direction are at a higher risk. Athletes who have previously sprained their ankle or are returning to action too soon are also at risk. When an ankle sprains, swelling and bruising will occur quickly, and a podiatrist will likely need to take an X-ray to make sure that the ankle isn’t broken. Most simple ankle sprains are treated with ice and support like a wrap, brace or walking boot. Crutches may be needed as well, in order to keep weight off of the injured ankle. If you believe you have sprained your ankle, make sure to consult with a podiatrist for proper treatment. A podiatrist will also be able to make sure that there are not more extensive injuries, and they can provide help to prevent future ankle sprains.
Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot & Ankle Centers. 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 Corsicana, Ennis, and Waxahachie, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about topics related to podiatry, feel free to contact Family Foot & Ankle Centers by clicking here or calling 972-597-4132 to reach our Waxahachie office, 903-872-9910 to reach our Corsicana office, or 972-875-3668 to reach our Ennis office.