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How Do Ankle Sprains Happen?

Tuesday, 27 June 2023 00:00

Ankle sprains generally happen due to over-stretched ligaments on the outside of the ankle. The ligaments connect the bones and joints to each other and provide stability and balance to the body. Common causes of ankle sprains can consist of suddenly twisting the ankle from unexpectedly stepping off a curb or walking on uneven surfaces. Existing foot injuries may also lead to a sprained ankle, or it may happen to patients born with weak ankles. People can experience symptoms such as swelling and bruising, and walking can be difficult. A diagnosis is often performed that can rule out a broken ankle. Once the sprained ankle is confirmed, treatment can begin. This generally consists of refraining from bearing weight on it for several weeks, in addition to wearing an elastic wrap that can provide stability. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct treatment method.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Dr. Kevin H. Lapoff from Lake Worth 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 Lake Worth, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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