Ankle sprains are one of the common injuries you can sustain. It's not always clear, however, if you've actually sprained your ankle or how severe the sprain really is. That's why it's important to rely on your podiatrists at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates in Nampa, Meridian, and Boise, ID for diagnosis and management of foot and ankle injuries. Below, our team of foot doctors explains the ins and outs of ankle sprains.
What is a sprained ankle?
Ankle sprains happen when the ligaments that connect the various bones in your ankle to that of your foot are injured. Ligaments are flexible bands of tissue, almost like elastic, and can support a lot of force, but sometimes they can be stretched too far. Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates treat many sprains of the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. Depending on how far the ligament is stretched, sprains can range from mild to severe.
How do I know I have an ankle sprain?
You might have sprained your ankle if you have one or more of the following symptoms after an injury:
- Swelling and tenderness of the ankle
- Pain, which may or may not include bruising
- A stiff feeling when you walk
- Instability of the affected ankle, which means it is difficult or impossible to support your weight
Any of these symptoms should be evaluated by your podiatrist, as the improper healing of an ankle sprain can lead to future problems and repeated injuries. Sprain symptoms can also mimic fractures, so it's important to have a proper diagnosis from a professional.
If you think you might have sprained your ankle, don't delay in contacting your Nampa, Meridian and Boise, ID podiatrist at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates. We'd be glad to schedule you an appointment for any foot or ankle related problem you might be experiencing!