A common ankle injury that is experienced by many people is an ankle sprain. It occurs when the ankle is twisted, and this can happen by suddenly stepping off of a curb, or from a sports injury. The symptoms are often immediate and include severe pain, swelling, and possibly a popping sound. If the tear is minor, the ankle may retain stability. Additionally, complete tears can result in a total loss of support. Mild relief can be obtained when the ankle is elevated, and this may help to reduce any existing swelling. Many ankle sprains are treated by placing the foot in an elastic bandage or a protective cast. This can help to keep the ankle supported as the healing process takes place. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested to speak to a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can guide you toward proper treatment.
Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Dr. Kennedy Legel from Advanced Foot & Ankle Care Specialists. 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
- 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 Dallas, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.