Foot and ankle injuries can happen to anyone regardless of age or gender. Furthermore, those whose sports involve contact, jumping or quick directional changes may also find that they are predisposed to sprains, tears, and other accidents. However, that’s where a podiatrist comes in. The goal of our podiatric team is to provide individualized and comprehensive care to all of our patients, whether they are a weekend warrior or a professional athlete. We also want our patients to take the necessary precautions to prevent injuries from occurring. Prevention is a key component to keeping your body healthy and sound. This means consulting with us about which activities may be best for your and your current health, as well as what you can do to protect your foot and ankle health.
Ankle sprains are caused by an unnatural twisting or force on the ankle bones of the foot, which may result in excessive stretching or tearing of one or more ligaments on the outside of the ankle. The severity of the sprain can impact the degree of damage as well as the type and duration of treatment. If not properly treated, ankle sprains may develop into long-term problems.
Primary symptoms of ankle sprains are pain following a twist or injury, swelling, and bruising.
Treatment includes resting and elevating the ankle and applying ice to reduce swelling. Compressive bandages also may be used to immobilize and support the injury during healing. Serious ankle sprains, particularly among competitive athletes, may require surgery to repair and tighten the damaged ligaments.
To prevent ankle sprains, try to maintain strength, balance, and flexibility in the foot and ankle through exercising, stretching, and wearing well-fitted shoes.