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Recovering From an Ankle Sprain

Tuesday, 09 August 2022 00:00

Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries of people of all ages and lifestyles. This type of injury occurs when one or more ligaments in the ankle are overstretched or torn, causing pain, swelling, and difficulty walking. Usually, an ankle sprain is an inversion injury, or lateral ankle sprain, where the foot rolls inward damaging ligaments of the outer ankle. Less often these types of sprains are medial, or syndesmotic, and affect the ligaments of the inner ankle or the ligaments that join the leg bones. Syndesmotic ankle sprains most often happen in contact sports and are the ones that are more apt to cause chronic ankle issues. The more severe the sprain, the longer the recovery. If you feel you have sprained your ankle, immediately rest, ice, compress, and elevate the foot, as this often helps with pain and reduces swelling. Ankle sprains and fractures are sometimes difficult to distinguish, and an unhealed ankle injury could pose long-term problems with range of motion and stability. If there is more than slight pain and swelling that persists, it is important to seek the guidance of a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat the problem.

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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