All About Ankle Sprains

The ankle is fortified by ligaments that serve to prevent bone displacement. An ankle sprain occurs when these ligaments stretch or tear beyond their normal range. The severity of sprains ranges from minor stretching to partial ligament tears, and finally complete ligament ruptures. Symptoms of ankle sprains include pain, swelling, bruising, stiffness, and sometimes numbness. While mild sprains usually resolve within weeks, moderate to severe cases may persist for up to a year. Ankle sprains frequently stem from physical activities or uneven surfaces, particularly affecting individuals with weak muscles or high arches. Diagnosis requires a podiatrist's examination and may include X-rays or MRI scans to assess ligament damage. Higher-grade sprains may call for immobilization with casts, boots, or braces, followed by stretching and strengthening exercises. Living with a sprained ankle must be taken seriously to avoid reinjuring the joint because this can easily evolve into a chronic condition. For help dealing with ankle sprains, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can offer treatment options. 

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot and Ankle Clinics, PA. 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
  • Swelling
  • 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 our offices located in Woodbury, West St. Paul, and Edina, MN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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