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Falling and Ankle Sprains

Monday, 21 October 2019 00:00

Research has indicated the ankle bears the weight of one and a half times the weight of the body. Additionally, it is comprised of several muscles, ligaments, and tendons, and can become strained if a fall should occur. This may easily happen if running and jumping activities are frequently practiced, or can occur suddenly while stepping off a curb unexpectedly. When ankle sprains occur, the supporting ligaments are stretched beyond their normal range. After a diagnosis is performed that generally consists of having an X-ray taken which is helpful in ruling out a fracture, the correct treatment begins. This often begins with resting and elevating the foot. Many patients find it is necessary to wrap the affected ankle with an elastic bandage, which may provide the support that is needed as the recovery process takes place. If you feel you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the proper treatment.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Dr. John P. Beaupied from Palos Podiatry. 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
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • 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 Palos Heights, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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