If you have yet to experience the pain of an ankle sprain, then rest assured that at some point in the future you will probably be introduced to this very common ankle injury.
Whether you are simply engaging in normal, everyday activities like crossing the street, or participating in more strenuous sports activities like basketball, the chances of a misstep or an awkward landing are very real, and you can easily twist your ankle further than its intended range of motion.
Fortunately, simple measures can significantly decrease your risk of being “out for the count.” Things like wearing proper footwear, and even custom orthotics can provide your feet and ankles with the extra support and stability they need as you walk, run, jump, and dance.
What’s even better, our expert podiatrists at Texas Foot & Ankle Center are equipped with the best knowledge and tools available to accurately diagnose and effectively treat any foot and ankle condition you may be facing now or in the future, including ankle sprains.
So, Have You Suffered an Ankle Sprain? (Symptoms)
In simple terms, an ankle sprain is the result of a sudden roll or twist, which forces the ankle joint out of its normal position. This causes one or more of the ligaments around the ankle to stretch or tear.
Typically, you will begin to feel the symptoms of a sprain immediately following the rolling or twisting of the ankle. These may include:
- Mild to moderate pain, especially when trying to move the joint
Now, if the sprain is more severe, you may also hear a pop or snap, as well as a tearing sensation when the ankle is injured. These additional symptoms may also be followed by:
- Extreme pain
- Inability to move the joint
- Inability to bear weight on ankle
- Moderate to severe instability in the joint
If you are experiencing symptoms of a more severe sprain, then you should come visit our Dallas, TX office right away – when left untreated, ankle sprains can become chronic and increase your chances of it reoccurring in the future.
But How Did This Happen to You? (Causes)
Ankle sprains can happen to anyone. Indeed, this type of injury doesn’t discriminate – no matter you gender, race, or age, all it takes is for one to stand and walk to be eligible for a painful ankle sprain.
This overstretching of the ligaments in the ankle is often caused by:
- Tripping or falling in a way that twists or rolls your ankle
- External factors, like someone else landing on your ankle
- Landing awkwardly after jumping or pivoting
Of course, the more active you are, the more likely you will be to sprain your ankle. However, in some cases, sprains result due to having weak ankles or other hereditary diseases that causes one to be more prone to ankle sprains.
How Can We Help You? (Treatments)
There is good news, however. Mild ankle sprains can often be treated with easy at-home remedies (though it is a good idea to come visit our office even if your pain is manageable). If we determine that your injury is, in fact, not severe, we will likely recommend the R.I.C.E. treatment method.
- Avoid putting weight on the injured ankle, and avoid participating in normal activities until your ankle gets better.
- Use an ice pack for 15-20 minutes, three times a day, to reduce swelling and inflammation.
- Use a compression bandage, compression sock, or compression brace to help reduce swelling.
- Raise your foot above the level of your heart.
We may combine these measures with over-the-counter pain medications like naproxen sodium (Aleve) or ibuprofen (Advil) to help reduce swelling and relieve discomfort.
On the other hand, more severe sprains should be diagnosed and treated by a professional. When you come visit our office and we determine that your ankle sprain is severe, we may recommend that you:
- Use a splint or cast to keep the ankle from moving
- Engage in physical therapy to help regain the full range of motion
Though rare, surgery is sometimes needed to correct the problem and provide relief from symptoms. Keep in mind that these instances are extremely uncommon, and we will always exhaust all conservative treatment methods available before resorting to surgery.
Regardless of what type of care you need to resolve your specific situation, our team of experts have the knowledge and tools necessary to get you back on your feet and doing the things you love most.
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