Facts About Ankle Sprains

Runners often experience pain in the ankle, the most common of which is a sprain. The main cause of a sprained ankle is called inversion. This occurs when the foot rolls inward and the ankle turns outward. The result is the stretching, or sometimes tearing, of one or more ligaments that hold the ankle together. Ankle sprains can be categorized by severity. Mild sprains are considered grade 1 injuries, consisting of slight tears in the collagen fibers in the ligaments that stabilize the joint. Symptoms are pain, tenderness, and possibly a slight limp. A grade 2 sprain means the ligament is torn, but not completely ruptured. Symptoms worsen to include swelling, instability, and reduced range of motion. A grade 3 sprain is a complete tear of the ligament. This results in an inability to bear weight and needs immediate attention. If you have experienced an ankle injury, whether mild or severe, it is suggested that you seek the expertise of a podiatrist for a full diagnosis and treatment.

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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