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Ankle Sprains Defined by Symptoms

Tuesday, 02 January 2024 00:00

An ankle sprain, a common injury, manifests as the stretching or tearing of ligaments that support the ankle joint. The intricate anatomy of the ankle involves three lateral ligaments, which are the anterior talofibular, calcaneofibular, and posterior talofibular ligaments, and all are vital for stability. When subjected to excessive force, often due to sudden twists or impacts, these ligaments can undergo strain or damage, resulting in an ankle sprain. Symptoms of this injury are discernible through localized pain, swelling, and tenderness around the affected area. Individuals with an ankle sprain often experience difficulty bearing weight on the injured foot and may notice bruising. The severity of symptoms varies, ranging from mild discomfort to significant pain and functional impairment. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer the correct treatment for complete healing.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Barry P. Weinstein, DPM from Bellaire 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 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 one of our offices located in Bellaire and Houston, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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