If you should endure an injury that tears the ligaments in the ankle, you may have what is known as an ankle sprain. A common symptom that is associated with this condition is severe pain while attempting to walk on the affected ankle. Additionally, the ankle can appear bruised and swollen. Research has indicated it is beneficial to start treatment as quickly as possible after the injury has occurred. This consists of resting the foot while elevating it above heart level, and wrapping the ankle with an elastic bandage. It may be necessary to strengthen the ankle before returning to any type of sporting activity. These exercises include toe raises, resistance movements, and balancing motions. If you have sprained your ankle, it is advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct treatment.
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 New Jersey 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 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 Oradell, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.Read more about Ankle Sprains