What is an ankle sprain?
An ankle sprain is an injury to the ligaments, bands of tissue that connect bones to another, in the ankle. Ligaments provide stability and when one or more are injured, you won't have proper stability when walking, that's if you can. Depending on the severity of an ankle sprain, the ligament may be stretched, partially torn, or completely torn. Ankle sprains, unlike strains, don't affect muscles, just ligaments. Your podiatrists at Hosey Foot and Ankle Centers in Clinton Township, Mount Clemens, and Sterling Heights, MI, can help determine the amount of damage done to your ankle and how to treat it.
What are the causes?
Sprain result from a fall, a sudden ankle twist, or a force that pushes the ankle joint out of its normal position. You're more susceptible to an ankle sprain if you play sports, wear inappropriate shoes, or walking and/or running on uneven surfaces. Weak ankles could also be the reason someone is more susceptible to sprains, as well as previously injured feet and ankles.
What are the symptoms?
These symptoms vary in intensity, depending on the sprain's severity:
- Pain or soreness
- Difficulty walking
- Stiffness in the joint
A sprained ankle need prompt medical attention to avoid chronic ankle instability
How does our podiatrist diagnose a sprained ankle?
The doctors at Hosey Foot and Ankle Centers will evaluate your symptoms and medical history, then use x-rays to determine the severity of the injury.
- Rest: Stay off the injured ankle because walking may cause further injury.
- Ice: Apply an ice pack to the injured area for about 20 minutes, then wait approximately 40 minutes before icing again.
- Compression: An elastic wrap can help control swelling.
- Elevation: Raise the ankle above the level of your heart to reduce swelling.
- Medications: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, can reduce pain and inflammation.
If you have any questions or are concerned about a sprained ankle, then contact your our Clinton Township, Mount Clemens, and Sterling Heights, MI, podiatrist today!