There are some people who roll their ankle, and refer to it as an ankle sprain. It is considered to be one of the most common injuries among people who participate in sporting activities, and affects the ligaments in the ankle. It can also happen from unexpectedly stepping off of a curb, where the ankle can suddenly twist. A diagnosis is often performed, which consists of having an X-ray taken. This is generally successful in confirming the sprain and ruling out a fractured foot. Treatment can begin with resting the affected foot as often as possible, and elevating it may help to reduce existing swelling. It is beneficial to keep weight off of the foot, and wearing a protective boot or using crutches may help with mobility. Relief may be found when the ankle is wrapped in an elastic bandage, which can provide the necessary support as the healing process occurs. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose it, and offer relief and treatment solutions.
Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Mital Patel, DPM from South Shore 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
- 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 Massapequa, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.