An ankle sprain can be defined as “an over stretching or tearing of ligaments in the ankle part of the foot,” and are often caused by an improper walking or running gait. Athletes are also prone to ankle sprains. Recovery from ankle sprains involves resting your ankle by elevating it. Avoid playing sports or exercising while you’re recovering from an ankle sprain.
Ankle sprains are common, but need immediate attention. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from West Coast Podiatry Center. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.
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
- Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)
Preventing a Sprain
- Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
- Stretching before exercises and sports
- Knowing your limits can aid in prevention
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 Bradenton and Sarasota, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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